Costa Rica : Amazing Tour
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A major attraction in the central region Costa Rica, the Poas Volcano is an active volcano. At approximately 2650 meters above sea level, the crater of the volcano measures more than a mile across. Seismic activity was first recorded at the volcano in 1828.
The government of Costa Rica established a 5600 hectare national park in 1971, protecting the cloud forest and ecosystems surrounding the Poas Volcano. In 1993, the park was expanded to 6506 hectares. Several short trails can be found at the volcano summit, leading to the main crater and the crater lake.
Bordering the Tortuguero National Park along Costa Rica’s beautiful Carribean Coast, the village of Tortuguero is known for its ecotourism and its extensive network of canals. It is set amidst tropical lowland rainforests, magnificent rivers, and pristine beaches. A definite highlight of the area is taking the unique once in a lifetime opportunity to watch baby green turtles hatch along the shoreline. Visitors can look forward to a wide selection of exciting activities such as: visiting the Tortuguero National Park which is home to over 300 species of bird, a variety of flora and diverse fauna. Other popular activities include: hiking, sport fishing, canal tours, canopy tours, and kayaking. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit and explore the nearby Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge, the Cariari National Wetlands, and theTurtle Museum at Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Located in Limon Province, in the heart of the banana-growing region of Costa Rica, Guapiles forms the link between the central highlands and the Caribbean Coast. The town is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with its proximity to lush tropical rainforest reserves, outdoor sporting facilities and exotic wildlife. See dormant volcanos, primary cloud rainforests, crater lakes and a huge diversity of wildlife at Braulio Carrillo National Park. At Tortuguero National Park, animal lovers will delight in the chance to spot crocodiles, jaguars, spider monkeys, and a variety of turtle species, while plant lovers will enjoy seeing more than 2,000 plant species. For more leisurely experiences in nature, visitors can stroll and picnic among the brightly coloured orchids and birds in the town’s botanical gardens. Don’t miss the wonderful local spas, weekly agricultural market (on Saturdays) and excellent malls.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Located in central Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano National Park lies within the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area and encompasses eight of the country’s 12 protected life zones. The park is home to the majority of Costa Rica’s 850 bird species, and an array of exotic creatures such as capuchin monkeys, parrot snakes, jaguars and deer, and its diverse landscapes include grasslands and volcanic badlands. Overlooking the park is the magnificent Arenal Volcano as well as the Chato Volcano, complete with a stunning lagoon. Experience this exciting region by hiking through lava fields and rainforests, spotting birds and animals, and taking a dip in the hot springs.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Known as the ‘Forest in the Clouds’, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s key conservation areas, taking in six different ecological zones and home to a kaleidoscopic array of flora and fauna. Breathtaking walking trails traverse this mountainous reserve, whilea network of canopy bridges are suspended in the tree tops overhead – both offering visitors the chance to experience its astonishing biodiversity. The park’s menagerie of exotic wildlife includes jaguars, ocelots, three-wattled bell birds, bare-necked umbrella birds, and elusive, vividly coloured quetzals, while its botanical offerings range from woodlands and rainforests, to exquisite orchids, delicate ferns, jungle vines and mosses.
San Jose, affectionately known to its residents as 'Chepe', lies in the heart of Costa Rica and is home to almost two-thirds of the country’s population. With few buildings over 100 years old, the mountainous capital is relatively modern compared to its Latin American counterparts, but still has a significant amount of culture, art and history for visitors to discover. With a number of theatres full of Costa Rican culture, museums that include the largest collection of American jade in the world, and streets full of bright murals and painted buses, San Jose is an eclectic city waiting to be experienced.
Located in central Costa Rica, the Central Valley is home to over 70% of the country’s population. This remarkably beautiful area makes up most of Costa Rica’s interior and boasts many coffee plantations blanketing the hillsides and is fringed by rugged mountains and two active volcanoes, Irazu and Poas. Visitors can look forward to a number of wonderful attractions such as: the Iglesia de San Jose Orosi, built in 1734, it is the oldest church in Costa Rica; the famous town of Cartago, the country’s oldest town; as well as Poas Volcano National Park, home to the most active volcano in the country and Irazu National Park, home to the largest and highest active volcano in Costa Rica.
Stretching over the Caribbean lowlands coast, Limon is one of seven provinces in Costa Rica. This beautiful region is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most pristine natural wilderness areas. Known for its palm-lined beaches, majestic mountains, mangrove wetlands, lush tropical jungles, and its extensive network of waterways, Limon is a nature lover’s paradise. Adventure enthusiasts can look forward to exploring the magnificent mountain range known as the Cordillera de Talamanca. Visitors can spend lazy days on a string of picturesque white-sand beaches lined with coconut palms, sample an array of local Costa Rican specialities, and enjoy spotting the vast range of bird species inhabiting the mangrove swamps. Other highlights include: watching giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Tortuguero, snorkel the colourful coral reefs at the unspoilt Cahuita or Punta Uva and surf at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
Located just 2-hours drive northwest of the capital of San Jose, the little Costa Rican town of La Fortuna rests at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna provides an excellent base for visitors to explore the beautiful surrounding area and serves as the gateway to the scenic Arenal Volcano National Park. Visitors can enjoy a comfortable stay at a host of guesthouses offering magnificent views of the volcano towering over the town, soak up some spectacularly scenic sights from numerous well-situated viewpoints and along hiking trails through the rainforest, or enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs. Don’t miss the beautiful La Fortuna waterfall and natural pool, the glistening Arenal Lake and the forest-covered slopes of the Chato Volcano. La Fortuna is known for its wonderful combination of adventure and nature and will no doubt keep visitors enthralled.
Monteverde, the name of a settlement and a forest described as ‘the jewel in the crown of cloud forests’ by National Geographic, lies in the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. One of the rarest habitats on the planet and unique from the country’s other rainforests for its constant swathes of mist (which give it its name), the Monteverde Cloud Forest is an incredible wild world filled with thousands of plant species, insects, bird varieties, and animals. Watch brightly-coloured birds at play in the Curi-Cancha Reserve; take a guided hike or horse ride through the dense jungle; watch electric blue frogs jump about at the famous Frog Pond, or take a dip in the pools around the San Luis Waterfall. Must-sees include the Butterfly Gardens, Orchid House, Selvatura treetop suspension bridges, and coffee, chocolate, and sugarcane tour.
Neighbouring the spectacularly scenic 680-hectare Manuel Antonio National Park and situated along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the bustling beachside village of Manuel Antonio offers a variety of comfortable accommodation options for eco-explorers and adventurers who flock here to explore this beautiful area. The undeniable highlight is the adjacent Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s smallest national park, featuring lush biodiverse rainforests, mangroves, lagoons, offshore coral reefs, pristine white-sand beaches and abundant wildlife including over 100 mammal species and almost 200 bird species. Visitors can enjoy a variety of exciting activities including fishing, swimming, snorkelling, wildlife viewing, bird watching, hiking and relaxing on tropical beaches.
Central Pacific Coast
Situated close to the capital of San Jose, the Central Pacific Coast is an easily accessible area popular with tourists. It is known for its excellent surfing, pristine beaches, and quaint seaside resort towns. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of wonderful activities such as: visiting the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park, featuring lush forests and a remarkably beautiful coastline; discovering the town of Jaco which serves as an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful western coast; and enjoy the picture-perfect beaches of Playa Blanca, Jaco Beach, and Playa Hermosa. Other popular activities include: swimming, surfing, hiking, fishing, bird watching, canyoneering, ziplining, or simply relaxing at the beach.