The Central Valley

The Central Valley

The Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean Coast

The North West Volcanoes

The North West Volcanoes

The Northen Lowlands

The Northen Lowlands

Niccoya Peninsula

Niccoya Peninsula

Monteverde

Monteverde

Central and South Pacific

Central and South Pacific

The Southern Cordillera

The Southern Cordillera

 The Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula

Isla del Coco

Isla del Coco

Our favourite destinations

 The Central Valley

1. The Central Valley

The Central Valley

San José, the Costa Rica capital, is a very busy city surrounded by flourishing valleys (Orosi and Turrialba) and active volcanos (Poas and Irazú). History and culture lovers can enjoy a visit to the gold museum, the National Theater and the Guabayo Monument. The area also offers beautiful trekking opportunities to visit the fincas (coffee, tropical fruits and other plantations), botanical gardens (orchids...) and natural parks (Tapanti...). The sports lovers can go trekking (by foot or by horse) or admire the rivers on a whitewater rafting adventure.

 The Caribbean Coast

2. The Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean Coast

This area is a must-see as it has a lot of natural and cultural wonders. You will have the opportunity to meet with the afro-caribbeans of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the area of Limón, to stay with the Bribri Indians in the Yorkin community, to watch the clutch of the luths turtles in Gandoca village, to visit bananas and cocoa plantations, to immerse yourself deep in nature in the Tortuguero National Park, to explore the undersea world of Cahuita... And of course to relax on the caribbean beaches.

 The North West Volcanoes

3. The North West Volcanoes

The North West Volcanoes

This is an must-see area if you want to appreciate Costa Rica´s active volcanos. In Arenal you can watch the lava in activity and enjoy thermal bathes. In Rincon de la Vieja you will have the opportunity to climb up all the way to the crater. In the Tenorio park do not miss a trek to the Rio Celeste to admire its amazing turquoise waters. The area is also a destination for the adventurers (canyoning, horseback riding, whitewater rafting), the nature lovers (many parks and reserves) and the community tourism (rural visits, home stay and encountering with the Maleku Indians).

 The Northen Lowlands

4. The Northen Lowlands

The Northen Lowlands

The nature lovers and agrotourism adepts will enjoy this area. Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is the perfect departure point for sport activities (trekking, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking) and for agrotourism (cocoa, pineapple, palm tree hearts). You will also enjoy the opulent nature (birds, Heliconias, biological resorts). Caño Negro, a swamp area, will be particularly appreciated by the ornithology lovers for the clouds of migrating bird species, the pinks spatulas, jabirus and cormorants.

 Niccoya Peninsula

5. Niccoya Peninsula

Niccoya Peninsula

Feel the "Pura Vida" lifestyle in the beautiful villages, the seaside resorts and the wild beaches. In the middle of the Pacific, the beaches are perfect to relax and to enjoy seaside leisure. At right, during some times of the year, you can watch dolphins and sea turtles. This area is perfect to finish a great trip after discovering Costa Rica.

 Monteverde

6. Monteverde

Monteverde

The Monteverde area is one of the greenest in Costa Rica. The Monteverde Biologic Reserve and the Misty Forest Reserve of Santa Elena shelter a great diversity of fauna and flora with some species being unique in the world. The vegetation can be easily appreciated from different tracks (trekking, walk on suspended bridges). Several hundreds of birds species, butterflies, amphibians and mammal species have been identified, as well as thousands of plants and insects.

 Central and South Pacific

7. Central and South Pacific

Central and South Pacific

Trekkers, nature lovers, fishing amateurs or simply paradise beach seekers, will all enjoy the pacific coast. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a treasure of landscapes and abundant wildlife. Further North, the Carara National Park is one of the last where the scarlet macaws can be seen. In the Marino Ballena national park you will have the opportunity to watch the hump whales in transit.

 The Southern Cordillera

8. The Southern Cordillera

The Southern Cordillera

The Talamanca cordillera contains many summits of more than 3000 meters, Chirripó being the highest with 3,820 meters. The stunning La Amistad international Park, the biggest in the country, is also in this area, and is still populated by the Central America's big cats such as the jaguar or the puma. South of the Cerro de la Muerte, San Gerardo de Dota is a small rural village known for its view of the mountains and for the presence for the bright Quetzal. From 2000 to 3000 meters of elevation, the Los Quetzales Park contains lots of streams, lakes and many trekking options.

  The Osa Peninsula

9. The Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula

The very wild Osa Peninsula contains the most beautiful tropical forests of the Central american pacific coast, as well as the Corcovado National Park. The peninsula protects the Pacific ocean and attracts the whales and dolphins that come here to breed. The snorkeling and scuba lovers will enjoy a trip in the clear and cool waters of the Isla de Caño Biological Reserve. Bahia Drake is the perfect departure point to discover the wild beaches, the transparent sea, the cliffs and the virgin forests of the area.

 Isla del Coco

10. Isla del Coco

Isla del Coco

550 km off the Costa Rican Pacific coast, the Isla Cocos is located half way between the American mainland and the Galapagos islands. The Isla Coco National Park is an unique destination, classified as a UNESCO world heritage. On this volcanic island you will find impressive waterfalls dropping down to the sea. This is also a world renowned diving spot. Divers come there to explore the coral reefs and to encounter hammerheads, sting rays, tunas, whale sharks, barracudas, angelfishes, groupers, giant mouraenas, etc.

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