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Arenal Volcano National Park, The Northern Plains of Costa Rica
It’s perfect conical shape made it the most iconic volcano of Costa Rica. The lush vegetation that grow on its fertile plains have turned this area of Costa Rica into one of the most visited places in the country and there are a number of reasons why: great hiking trails, pristine rivers, hidden waterfalls and natural hot springs pools.
Tortuguero National Park, North Caribbean of Costa Rica.
This small fishing village situated in the North Caribbean coast of the country is only accessible by boat or by plane. Getting there is in itself a wonderful experience. By boat, you get to travel a few hours surrounded by deep green jungles and you can observe countless wild animals on the way. The heat, the humidity and the sounds of the jungle will make you speechless. By plane, you get to see the jungle and its numerous water canals from up in the air; an unforgettable experience. This place is often called the small “Amazonas”. The beaches of Tortuguero are famous worldwide for turtles’ egg-laying. Depending on the season you visit this natural paradise, you might have the chance to witness this incredible event.
Corcovado National Park, South Pacific of Costa Rica.
Where the wild things are! This area is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. It is teeming with life. Many scientists visit the area and countless new plant, tree, insect, reptile and animal species are discovered each year. This place is relatively hard to get to as it is only accessible by boat or by plane. If you fancy exploring, pay a visit to the sumptuous Corcovado National Park. The park itself contains 2,5% of the biodiversity of the country. You should know that it can only be visited with a professional guide but believe me it is worth it because you would not like to get lost and to have to spend the night into this deep impenetrable jungle.
Sarapiqui Rainforest of Costa Rica.
The rainforest of Sarapiqui is easily accessible by land from the capital city and can be reached in only two hours and a half and yet the climate and the landscape are totally different. It is a lovely rural area with small villages nestled in the rainforest. There are many amazing private reserves that can be visited and that offer interesting visits on different themes such as frogs of Costa Rica, night walks, or chocolate making.
Central Valley of Costa Rica: San Jose, Cartago, Heredia, and Alajuela
It is the most densely populated area of the country and it offers a lot of interesting opportunities to get an insight into the Costa Rican culture and its rich traditions. The cities of San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago are very lively. There is always something happening and there are many different museums that are really worth it like the Gold Museum in San Jose for example. The Central Valley is also home to numerous volcanoes (Poas, Turrialba and Irazu) and to the pretty Orosi Valley.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Central Pacific of Costa Rica.
Is the most popular national park of Costa Rica. The scenery is splendid, and its beautiful pristine white beaches are ideal to take a rest after having walked all the trails the park has to offer. This park is often considered as “the” place to see sloth as quite a lot of them live up in the tall trees of the park and are easily observable with a good pair of binoculars. You can also spot three different types of monkeys, wild deer, lots of different colorful bird species and beautiful black and green iguanas.
The Celeste River, Tenorio Volcano.
The majestic deep blue Celeste river will enchant you. The color contrast between the green lush rainforest that borders the river and the deep quasi fluorescent blue water is striking. The park is great to hike and the lush forest will amaze you.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, North Pacific of Costa Rica
This fascinating volcano is situated in North Guanacaste. Nature at its best: great hiking trails, numerous rivers and natural hot and cold pools, mud volcanoes… Not as visited as the other volcanos of Costa Rica because of its location, you can enjoy some of the activities offered there all by yourself!
Puerto Viejo Beach, South Caribbean of Costa Rica.
Reggae, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and palm trees. Some might call it heaven, but it is locally known as South Caribbean Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo is home to the one and only sloth refuge in the country. You might want to pop by if you have missed your chance to see one of these cuties in the wild.
Jaco Beach, Central Pacific of Costa Rica
A surfing and party heaven! If you are into party and beach holidays, you should not miss Jaco beach. It is frequented by both locals and foreigners all year long and its waves are ideal to start your amateur surfing career.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
The cloudy and mysterious Monteverde cloud forest if a must see while in Costa Rica. This mystical cloud forest is a very interesting biodiversity reserve. The quetzal, the most iconic bird of Costa Rica nestles in the few cloud forests of the country. If you are patient enough, your chances to spot one here are relatively high. The countless epiphyte plants and the invasive moss that cover the threes of this amazing rainforest will make you feel like you are penetrating a long-lost world in which Mother Nature only rules.
A mountainous zone covered with coffee plantations. The best coffees of Costa Rica are produced in this region. The small villages of la Zona de Los Santos “saints” are tranquil and colorful. A beautiful rural area that contrasts with the rest of Costa Rica’s must see.
Costa Rica is home to numerous indigenous communities that have been struggling daily to protect their own languages, cultures and traditions ever since the Spanish settled in the country. Most Costa Rican indigenous communities now live in protected territories as a result of a 1977 government law aimed at preserving their lands and cultures. Most of the reserves can be visited but most of the time you have to take a guide to show you around.
Pacuare River in Costa Rica.
The Pacuare river is often considered as one of the best rivers in the world for white-water Rafting. This is a great experience to enjoy the stunning views over the surrounding lush rainforest.
The Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, South Pacific of Costa Rica
Probably the wildest part of the country. This area of Costa Rica has been declared “one of the most biologically intense places on earth“ by the National Geographic Magazine. Parts of the peninsula remain untouched, which means no human ever explored them. This is an ecotourism and nature lover’s destination: luxuriant nature, wildlife, eco efficient hotels and restaurant. Here everything revolves around nature and nature conservation. It is also one the best place of the country to spot whales and dolphins.
Uvita Beach, South Pacific of Costa Rica.
White sandy beaches, wild waterfalls hidden in the jungle, snorkeling, whale watching and surfing. These are the most popular activities that you can do in this paradise located in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. The ideal location for a less crowded and laid-back beach holiday in Costa Rica.
Volcanoes in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Fire Ring Circle. It is a very volcanic country and over 200 volcanic formations have been identified on its territory. Less than a dozen of them are considered as active volcanoes. The most visited volcanoes of the country (and also the most impressive) are the Poas, Arenal, Irazú, Turrialba, Miravalles, Tenorio, Barva, Rincón de la Vieja and the Orosi Volcano.