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Costa Rica Travel Ideas

22 Nov Posted by in Costa Rica | Comments
Costa Rica Travel Ideas
 
Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Image Credits:Arturo Sotillo

Costa Rica is a Central American country that strives to make eco-tourism its leading industry. One third of the country has been declared a protected area and its luscious rainforests are regarded as a national treasure. The forests are not only preserved but they have also been restored from what ecological damage there has been. To the eyes of many, Costa Rica is a wise nation that pays heed to modern environmental concerns and introduces a sustainable model that promotes ecological preservation as a vital component of its economy, while at the same time, looking after the well-being of its population. Costa Ricans are the happiest people in the world according to the Happy Planet Index, an organization that measures environmental efficiency as a combination of impact to the environment and human wellbeing for a given country.

Costa Rica’s model of governance is full of innovation. The country has decided to abolish its national army and invest in eco-tourism and ecological restoration instead. As a result 26% of Costa Rica is covered by well attended National Parks:

  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
    Located between San Jose and Puerto Limon. The park is home to several volcanoes and rivers. With a difference of 3,000 m between its highest and lowest peaks, the park exhibits biome diversity and features distinct microclimates. It is one of the most bio-diverse regions in Costa Rica.
  • Tortuguero National Park
    The laying ground for the eggs of the green turtle and therefore a protected habitat. As the beach trail in Tortuguero is used for turtle observation purposes, you will have the exciting opportunity to use canoe or tandem kayak as your main mode of transportation through the canal network of the park during your visit.
  • Santa Rosa National Park
    In the region of Guanacaste, this park combines the preservation of the historical site of the Battle of Santa Rosa with the ecological preservation of the savannah, deciduous forests, mangroves and marshlands. A wide range of activities is available in Guanacaste; you can take your pick between sea diving and snorkeling, kayaking, boat tours, fishing and visits to other parks in the area like the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park.
Tabacon Hot Springs, Arenal Costa Rica

Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica
Image Credits:Arturo Sotillo

Other National Parks include the home of quetzal bird, Chirripo National Park and the Cahuita National Park, a protected coral reef.

Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure sports enthusiast, it is very unlikely that you will be disappointed from a trip to Costa Rica. As a matter of fact you will be greatly rewarded if you combine your eco-holiday with activities such as white water rafting; one of the most popular adventure sports in the country. You may also like to try on wind surfing in Arenal Lake or in the Pacific Ocean. Mountain biking, or flying through jungle canopy on a cable system are also on the list of activities.

As there are so many things to do, you should organize your trip according to what you want to see and the activities you care to engage in. However, between December and April will be the most dry period of the year and you will get around without having to cope with tropical rain.

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