Costa Rica Travel Guide
There's a good reason why outdoor lovers are turning their hiking boots in the direction of Costa Rica these days. Wilderness enthusiasts can thrive here. The rugged topography of the country means people can tramp up into the cloud forest one day, hike up an active volcano the next day, and snorkel or bodysurf near a white sandy beach the next. The truly adventurous can also white water raft on raging rivers, zip-line through a canopy for hundreds of meters, or surf the pounding waves of the Pacific. Travelling Costa Rica is fun.
Costa Rica is also famously safe to travel through, although it's not as cheap as it was a decade ago. And even though it's getting more touristy, the ecology of the country is highly prized. Costa Ricans know they get their tourist dollars from eco-tourism and the pristine nature of the environment, so they're not terribly interested in spoiling what they have with high rise resorts and trashy fast food chains. This Costa Rica travel guide is dedicated to providing tourism and travel information with tips, advice, things to do, attractions for visitors travelling to the country.
Not surprisingly, it's the outdoor adventure lovers who come to Costa Rica. Here's why:
Parque Nacional Corcovado is one heck of a biologically intense place (so says National Geographic). The 42,000 hectare park contains the last original standing tract of pristine rainforest in all of Pacific Central America. Here you'll find myriad endangered species, such as the alien-like giant anteater, Baird's tapir, and the enormous harpy eagle. You'll also find the largest numbers of scarlet macaws in the country. Many visitors come here from Puerto Jimenez and Bahia Drake to spend the day discovering this tropically remote paradise and end up staying much longer. The park is located in the southwest corner of Peninsula de Osa and contains not only rainforest but also mangrove swamps and cloud forests.
Another remote spot for the adventure traveler is Turrialba, a small mountain town very close to some of the best white water in the entire world. Currently, residents and conservationists are fighting to keep out a hydro dam which would completely spoil the river rafting enterprise. For now, rafters can still raft, hopefully for years to come. Turrialba doesn't have its own tourist office, but several rafting companies organize their own tours and can arrange for accommodation and transportation.
Another wilderness dreamland is Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, seven kilometers from the village of Quepos. Best known for its squirrel monkeys, the park is filled with hiking trails winding up and around mountainous tropical rainforest and sandy beaches, always within view of a divine scenic wonder, such as a turquoise green bay or far-off island. Other wildlife includes howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and capuchins.