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Looking for inspiration, advice and useful tips to travel around Costa Rica and other Central American countries?
Check out our blog dedicated to destinations, curiosities, news, events and much more about Costa Rica from Rutas team.

Jul22

What Are the Road Conditions Like in Costa Rica?

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What Are the Road Conditions Like in Costa Rica?

If you love ecotourism, then Costa Rica should be at the top of your travel list. The country is rich in biodiversity: mountains, beaches, cloud forests, rainforests, hot springs, and volcanoes. You will probably want to visit a variety of ecosystems and for flexibility and independence, you may think that renting a car is the best option. But before you do, it is important that you learn about the hazards of driving in Costa Rica.

Jul18

How Close Can a Tourist Get to the Arenal Volcano?

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How Close Can a Tourist Get to the Arenal Volcano?

Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular highlights of Costa Rica. There are many trails at this volcano’s base that lead to the nearest safe observation point. That point is basically the boundary of the high-risk danger zone. Depending on the geographical features, the zone varies in distance to the volcano. The average is between 1-2 kilometers. Tourists can hike as far as the perimeter of the high-risk danger zone.

Jul15

Why is Costa Rica so biodiverse?

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Why is Costa Rica so Biodiverse?

Costa Rica is no doubt one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. With an area of only 19,729 mi², this small country inhabits over 500,000 species, representing about 6% of the planet’s biodiversity. However, only about 18% of it is known, so there are about 91,000 identified species in Costa Rica.

Jul15

Does Monteverde Cloud Forest Limit the Number of Visitors Per Day?

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Does the Costa Rica Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde Limit the Number of Visitors Per Day?

Located in the mountain ranges of Costa Rica, Monteverde is a small town and a popular spot for ecotourism in the country. It is an amazing place to experience the cloud forest. Cloud forests offer a breathtaking view from above as the thin clouds below the canopy start to dissolve into water on the leaves, watering the plants.

Jul13

Top 10 Locations in Costa Rica for First-Timers

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Top 10 Locations in Costa Rica for First-Timers

Planning to visit Costa Rica for the first time, but not sure where to begin? With endless wildlife spotting, miles of beaches, legendary surf, and volcanoes to hike, the country rewards repeat visits. However, if you are a first-timer trying to explore the beauty of Costa Rica, then the following are the 10 locations that will steer you in the right direction:

Jul13

Are Costa Rica Adventure Tours Safe?

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Are Costa Rica Adventure Tours Safe?

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for you if you are looking for adrenaline-filled adventure tours. There are a lot of such tours available all over the country and they are safe. These tours wouldn’t be so popular if they were unsafe. All the Costa Rica adventure tours you will find are ICT certified, have great safety records, and the staff managing the tours have years of training and experience. Hence, these tours allow you to have a memorable experience without risking harm.

Jul12

5 Best Rivers in Costa Rica for a Rafting Adventure

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5 Best Rivers in Costa Rica for a Rafting Adventure

Flowing through lush jungles, down from the volcanic mountains, the rivers of Costa Rica hold a wide variety of whitewater experiences that range from Class II to Class V rapids. No matter whether you are a beginner, experienced, young, or old, whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is for you.

Jul12

How much does it cost to visit Costa Rica’s National Parks or Reserves?

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How much does it cost to visit Costa Rica’s National Parks or Reserves?

Costa Rica has 28 national parks and many private reserves. Because of this, this country has among the highest percentage of protected land in the world. So, every tourist must include at least 1 national park in their Costa Rica vacation checklist. Many of the national parks in Costa Rica have excellent viewpoints, hiking, and wildlife watching opportunities. The entry fee of each national parks differs from another but it is quite reasonable for both locals and tourists.

Jun22

Which are the most accessible volcanoes in Costa Rica?

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Which are the most accessible volcanoes in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a favorite travel destination for its friendly, peaceful, and easy-going people and its natural wonders. The country has a wide variety of attractions for tourists, whether they are looking for a stress-free, relaxed vacation or an adventurous one. Volcanoes are one of the most visited places in Costa Rica. Read on to find which volcanoes are the most accessible and why they are worth the visit

Jun14

How Much Should I Tip Drivers and Services Workers in Costa Rica?

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How Much Should I Tip Drivers and Services Workers in Costa Rica?

In United States, tipping is customary and it is often expected for everything from poor to excellent service. This etiquette is ingrained in all the different trades, from porters, cab drivers, valets, to baristas, restaurants, and many more trades. In Costa Rica, you are not obligated to do so, however, it is customary to leave something extra.

Jun10

How Much Are Meals, Drinks, Transportation in Costa Rica?

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How Much Are Meals, Drinks, Transportation in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most affluent and well-educated countries in all of Central America. The country is widely varied in biodiversity, landscape, climate, and cost of living – which is quite apparent in the pricing of utilities, food, rent, and real estate throughout its provinces.

May29

What is the difference between zip line tours and canopy tours in Costa Rica?

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What is the difference between zip line tours and canopy tours in Costa Rica?

One of the most common misconceptions most new tourists have about tours in Costa Rica is that zip line tours and canopy tours in Costa Rica are different from each other and both offer unique experiences. However, this is exactly what it is called, a misconception. There is no difference between a zip line tour and a canopy tour in Costa Rica. They are both one and the same.

May21

Where are the best beaches in Costa Rica?

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Where are the best beaches in Costa Rica?

Some of the most amazing features of Costa Rica are the popular Costa Rica beaches. The coastline of this country stretches over 1100 miles so there are a lot of beaches to see – with every type of shell, rock, and sand beach you can imagine.

May18

What Type of Wildlife Can I Expect to See in Costa Rica?

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What Type of Wildlife Can I Expect to See in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is home to many wonders – amazing cities, volcanoes, tropical rainforests, and beautiful beaches all found in this Central American country. However, one of the most unique and outstanding features in Costa Rica is its wildlife. The country is home to a wide variety of exotic birds and animals, many of which are not found anywhere in the world.

May14

Where in Costa Rica should I go for a nature vacation?

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Where in Costa Rica should I go for a nature vacation?

Looking to experience a Costa Rican nature vacation? With over 26% of protected land throughout the country, animal refuges, biological reserves, national parks, and protected areas, you are assured that you will have the ultimate nature vacation!

May06

How Many Volcanoes Are There in Costa Rica?

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Volcanoes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a worldwide reputation as being an awesome destination for thrilling vacations that include exploring, climbing, and just marveling at the sight of magnificent volcanoes. Volcanoes are one of the biggest tourist attractions of this country as they capture the attention of both tourists and scientists from around the world.

May03

Top 5 Waterfalls in Costa Rica

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Top 5 Waterfalls in Costa Rica

Fresh water springs, roaring rivers, and flowing streams carve paths through Costa Rica’s wilderness. Numerous waterfalls dot the landscape and they are all accompanied by various giant cascades that are ideal for day trips full of relaxation and adventure. Horseback rides, hikes, and waterfall rappelling tours are some of the best ways to visit the most popular falls of Costa Rica, where you will enjoy afternoon swims and poolside picnics.

Apr23

What Should You Expect at Costa Rica’s Famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve?

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve what to do

Monteverde is one of the most popular and the most outstanding Costa Rican rainforest destinations. It is a small town in Puntarenas which is also called “Green Mountain” in Spanish and it is famous for containing the largest wildlife reserve in the country. Monteverde Cloud Forest attracts numerous visitors and tourists yearly.

Apr16

What Does “Pura Vida” Mean in Costa Rica?

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What Does Pura Vida Mean in Costa Rica?

Pura Vida is a term used all over Costa Rica and it can mean just about anything. Although the literal meaning of this term is “pure life”, when you visit Costa Rica you will find that the locals use this term in all facets. Pura Vida was coined in Costa Rica, that is rated one of the best places to live in the world and one of the happiest countries on earth. Costa Rica and Pura Vida are one entity built from Costa Rica’s gorgeous climate, incredible wildlife, pristine beauty, exotic wild jungle, and it’s inviting and welcoming people and culture. In this country, Pura Vida is not just a motto but the way of life.

Apr10

When is the Best Time of The Year to Go to Costa Rica?

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When is the Best Time of The Year to Go to Costa Rica?

When is the best time of the year to go to Costa Rica? The answer to this question depends largely on the purpose of travel as well as the region. The first thing you should know is that there are two distinct seasons in Costa Rica i.e. dry and rainy. If you visit this country in both seasons, you will have vastly different experiences

Apr05

Is it Cheap in Costa Rica?

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Is it Cheap in Costa Rica?

If you are not from Costa Rica, then you may be surprised to find out that the cost of living in Costa Rica is generally much lower than your current cost of living in your country. While there may be some items that may cost the same e.g. gasoline, some may cost more e.g. imported products. Overall, the cost of living in Costa Rica is less than in most parts of Europe and the United States.

Apr01

Is it safe to vacation in Costa Rica?

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Is it safe to vacation in Costa Rica?

It’s natural to be concerned about safety when planning a vacation in a foreign country. While no country can guarantee complete safety, with common sense and a little research it is possible to set off on an international adventure and have the peace of mind that you will return happy and safe as you left.

Mar28

What is Costa Rica best known for?

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What is Costa Rica best known for?

Although there are many reasons to visit Costa Rica, the country is best known for its ecotourism. It is the poster child for ecotourism and because of it, the tourist numbers are increasing rapidly on an annual basis. In fact, the numbers have doubled in the last ten years.

Mar16

Why Costa Rica is the perfect destination for families?

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Costa Rica, the perfect destination for families

Costa Rica is one of the little gems of Central America and it is the perfect destination for families who love to get out into nature and explore the fascinating wildlife (small and big) of the rainforest.

Mar13

Mistakes to avoid when traveling to Costa Rica for the first time

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Mistakes to avoid when traveling to Costa Rica

With a little effort and preparation, you can avoid some common travel mistakes while planning for your first-time visit in Costa Rica. Everyone makes mistakes while traveling to a new country, hence ruining their whole journey. With some basic knowledge and proper planning, you can truly enjoy the vacation without hassles.

Mar07

What should I pack for my trip to Costa Rica?

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What should I pack for my trip to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is well known for its unforgettable lively towns, pristine tropical forests, alluring beaches, and adventurous attractions. While there are many things to do in this paradise, you need to carry a variety of essential stuff in order to make sure that you enjoy a comfortable travel experience throughout.

Mar06

Safety tips for your next trip to Costa Rica

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Safety tips for your next trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the reputation for being one of the safest countries in Latin America. So, while you have nothing to worry about when you visit, it is better to be safe than sorry. That’s why it is recommended that you follow some certain safety tips.

Feb28

5 activities you must do while on your Costa Rica trip

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5 activities you must do while on your Costa Rica trip

Costa Rica is the place to be, no matter whether you like adventure or simply want to relax. Once you arrive, you might want to fill your days with activities. There are only a few things you cannot do in Costa Rica. These include ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing. Anything else you may want to do is available for you in this country.

Feb25

Why you should go zip lining in Costa Rica

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go zip lining in Costa Rica

Zip lining in Costa Rica is one of the most talked about adventures in the world. This is because Costa Rica has the scenery that other locations can only dream of, and it's everywhere. Unlike other sports, zip lining does not require you to learn any special athletic skills. Everything comes naturally once you are ready. Just don’t let your fear keep you from enjoying the ride. All you need is a sense of adventure and you are ready to go zip lining in Costa Rica.

Feb21

Best things to do in Costa Rica

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Best things to do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is just about as close to paradise as you can find on this planet. With amazing wildlife, incredible natural beauty, perfect climate, all at an affordable price, what more could you possibly need for a dream vacation?

Feb19

Why La Fortuna Costa Rica is worth visiting?

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Why La Fortuna Costa Rica is worth visiting?

If you seek amazing scenery with a spectacular panoramic view of Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica’s most active volcano), then La Fortuna Costa Rica is the place for you. Located in the northern part of Costa Rica, the city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is one of the few sizable small cities and towns in what is called Costa Rica’s Northern Lowlands. But La Fortuna Costa Rica is not isolated as one might expect. It offers all the amenities that a traveler could desire. The city is easily accessible from Costa Rica’s capital San Jose.

Oct15

Artisanal gold mining subsists In Costa Rica

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ABANGARES

Artisanal gold mining subsists In Costa Rica

With few security measures and in the middle of conflicts over land ownership, artisanal gold mining subsists in the town of Abangares, in Costa Rica, where the gold fever has been going on for decades.

Sep12

National Park Marino Ballena

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The best place for Humpback Whale and Dolphines

humpback whales and dolphins in Costa rica

The southern humpback whales, which begin to be seen from August to October , come from as far away as Antarctica, we are talking about one of the longest migrations of animals on the planet. In the tropics, these humpback whales do not eat, and survive completely from the fat reserves they have accumulated. Humpback whales grow up to 17 meters long and can weigh up to 43,500 kg. They are found in the oceans throughout the world, and spend half of the year feeding on cold, nutrient-rich waters, then migrating to warm, tropical waters to mate with the humpback whales of the northern and southern hemispheres. The humpbacks of the north, who visit us between January and March, come from as far away as California.