As the most visited nation in the Central American region, Costa Rica, “Rich Coast,” is a country with a rich variety of wildlife, renown beaches, and an abundance of thrills for adventure seekers.
Neighboring Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador, Costa Rica’s landscape is comprised of volcanoes, rain forests, water falls and rivers. Its scenic beauty, 20 natural parks, and series of protected areas, provides sight-seers with captivating attractions. Moreover, its year-round tropical climate makes Costa Rica the ideal tropical paradise for vacation.
Costa Rica was the point where Mesoamerican and South American Native cultures collided. Coming under Spanish rule in the 16th-century, Costa Rica did not achieve independence until the 19th-century. Within the first few years of self-rule, much of the country’s prosperity derived from the production and exportation of coffee, which remained Costa Rica’s principle source of wealth into the 20th-century. More importantly, since its independence Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in the world. It has consistently been among the top ranking Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, and is the poster child for environmental sustainability.
Places to See:
Known for its progressive environmental policies, Costa Rica is the epitome of nature conservation The country contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity, and is a leading pioneer in ecotourism. Providing travelers with extensive national parks and protected areas, Costa Rica is acknowledged around the world as the best destination for adventure. Tourist can take a guided tour through Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park systems. Declared a protected area in 1975, Corcovado National Park is the one of the most exuberant rain forests, and internationally renowned among ecologist. Within the 103,290 acres of the park, nature lovers can observe all four Costa Rican species of monkeys.
Tourist who seek an unforgettable experience can take a day trip to Tortuguero National Park. Although it is only reachable by boat or airplane, it is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica. Located on the beautiful pacific coast, Tortuguero is the home and nesting site to the endangered giant Leatherback Turtle. Spectators can also encounter three and two-toed sloths, and over 320 species of birds within the park’s boundaries.
Another must see is Poas Volcano National Park, located in a famous coffee growing region. Trailblazers can hike through the lush vegetation of the Escallonia Cloud Forest trail. This trail leads to an overlook of the active crater, and is home to epiphytes, orchids, and tropical hummingbirds. Along the way, tourist can come within intimate proximity of the multiple exotic birds residing in the park.
Things to Do:
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or prefer to soak in the sun, Costa Rica is a traveler’s paradise. With a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy – ranging from hiking, kayaking and zip-lining to fishing,
surfing and scuba diving- there is no wonder why Costa Rica is the top destination for travelers. Wanting to experience nature in a relaxed setting? Take a cruise down the Rio Frio to the volcanic hot springs. On this voyage, travelers pass through the world famous Cano Negro wildlife refuge, and can observe howler monkeys and green iguanas. At the end of the trip, soak and unwind in the volcanic hot springs.
Looking for something impactful? Visit Cocos Island National Park. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, this destination is one of the 10 most important marine places in the planet. It is also the only island in the Eastern Pacific with a tropical rainforest. Its underwater world is famous among scuba divers, and is rated the best place in the world to view schools of hammerhead sharks, rays, tuna and dolphins. Although it is difficult to step foot on the island, those who are privileged with this opportunity are encouraged to hike to the top of the island. Hikers who journey this rugged terrain are rewarded with a magnificent view.
Of course, no trip to a tropical utopia is complete without a visit to the beach. Costa Rica is a privileged spot in the heart of Central America, touching both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Due to this, tourist can enjoy many pristine beaches and see whales and dolphins at play. The Caribbean region stands out for its aquatic ecosystems and beautiful black and white beaches, making it the ideal destination for sport fishing, snorkeling, and sunbathing. The Pacific coast is central to big tourist attractions such as spectacular resorts and surfing. Here you can visit Guanacaste Beach, a stunning beach resort with world class spas, and an infinity pool – the largest in Central America.
So whether you are seeking closer contact with nature, or heart-pounding experiences, Costa Rica is the perfect getaway.
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