What to see in Costa Rica
COSTA RICA. PURE LIFE IN A NATURAL PARADISE
When we read about Costa Rica, the term Natural Paradise is repeated, and it is the best way to describe in a few words a country that holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity. The natural beauties of Costa Rica are so varied and extensive that almost 30% of its territory is occupied by protected areas (parks, reserves, etc.), which is the highest percentage in the world. Costa Rica has 5% of the total flora and fauna species of the planet with 12,000 types of plants and 850 species of birds which puts it in the number one ranking in the world for all those lovers of ecological tourism.
A small country in size but big in traveling offer that has trails through endless forests where at times you are surprised by the noise of waterfalls and waterfalls. You can enjoy volcanoes with craters full of life and kilometric beaches; a coast of 1,290 km that limits to the east with the Caribbean Sea and with the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Costa Rica offers a world of possibilities for travelers who like active tourism deploying a perfect setting for trekking, whitewater rafting or rafting, horseback riding, surfing and the famous canopy from where to view from a bird one can shudder observing the exuberant nature of this Country.
There are few places not beautiful in Costa Rica and we would never finish writing about their landscapes and people, but to give you an idea of what you can find in the country of Pure Life , here is a summary of the places that form this natural paradise .
1. Corcovado National Park
Welcome to the wildest Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park is located in the Osa Peninsula, in the south-west corner of Costa Rica, located in a place of undoubted beauty, this natural reserve is considered the most important in the country. The virgin forest captivates visitors while enveloping them with the scents and colors of the jungle. Corcovado has miles of deserted beaches, natural waterfalls, awakening the curiosity of visitors throughout the world. There are eight habitats in the park, the main jungle, the tall forest, the cloud forest, alluvial lowlands and swamp among others.
2. Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja volcanic land where you can walk near fumaroles, lagoons and mud pot Pailas. This National Park has a network of trails that range from those 100% natural, to others slightly modified and sections adapted to allow the accessibility of people with special needs in mobility aspects. All trails offer good chances of sighting birds, mammals and reptiles. To visit the National Park you can choose between three well-marked trails of different intensity. The best known is the Las Pailas Trail, which focuses mainly on the observation of volcanic manifestations (fumaroles, mud pans, water pans, fumarolic lagoon, volcancito, among others) passing through areas of dry forest and humid forest. The Path of La Cangreja that requires walking about 5km and where you can enjoy the Cascada de La Cangreja, and finally, the Volcano Trail that is not always open due to the activity of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano.
3. Monteverde: Cloud Forests, Canopy and Bridges
Monteverde is one of the most impressive places in the country thanks in large part to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve , considered the most recognized cloud forest in the world, for its great biodiversity, its contribution to conservation and scientific research. In addition to its popular reserves and trails, Monteverde stands out for having the best and longest Canopy and suspension bridges in Costa Rica.
4. Nosara and its neighboring beaches
Destination oriented mainly to surfing, yoga and health . The community has endeavored to harmonize development with the protection of nature. So houses and hotels in Nosara are scattered and hidden in the vegetation. Even in the center of Nosara old trees are arched over the roads and one feels like in a jungle.
A labyrinth of streets is woven through the forest and it is sometimes difficult to find the way to a hotel or even to the beach. To highlight the Ostional Beach, Nosara Beach, Pelada Beach and Guiones Beach. Playa Garza and Playa San Juanillo are also very nice. Each of these beaches has its own distinctive atmosphere and great beauty. Some surfers comment that Playa Guiones is one of the best surfing beaches in the world.
5. The Bribri of Costa Rica.
The Bribri indigenous population constitutes one of the most numerous groups in Costa Rica, there are approximately 10,000 indigenous Bribri. They are located in the Indigenous Reserves of Salitre and Cabagra in the Province of Puntarenas and in the Indigenous Reserve of Talamanca.
They keep their Bribri language (writing and oral) and they are dedicated to farming, fishing, hunting birds and raising pigs. Among the handicrafts that they make are basketry and the manufacture of musical instruments, for which they use natural elements. They are mobilized by boats and rafts in the Sixaola riverbed, on the border with Panama. The indigenous population of Talamanca is part of the indigenous cultures of the Amazon. Its social system in the pre-Columbian era was based on the cacicazgo, where a chief or cacique was designated who made the decisions of the tribe. The Bribri Reserve of Talamanca has 6,458 inhabitants in the Sixaola river basin.
It is well worth spending at least a couple of days getting to know this community.
6. The Caribbean of Costa Rica Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo
The Caribbean Coast has something for everyone, find your paradise! One of my favorite things about the South Caribbean is that the different communities and beaches are so diverse. There is black sand and white sand, there are exciting beaches for surfing and quiet beaches for snorkeling. There are comfortable places for both backpackers and travelers who prefer something more luxurious. There are places in the center with lots of noise and many activities and others where you will hardly see another person throughout the day.
7. Tortuguero National Park
Exuberant, paradisiacal, mystical … a network of wonderful and scenic navigable channels. Considered one of the richest regions in flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Tortuguero is one of the wildest areas in Costa Rica, with the largest biological variety. Eleven habitats have been identified, as well as 2000 species of plants and 400 species of trees. There is also a very wide variety of wildlife.
8. Parismina and the Leatherback Turtles
Walking at dawn all along the beach of Parismina to see how the Leatherback Turtle lay eggs is something unique. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle, since it can reach a length of 2.3 m. A female can produce up to 100 eggs from a single birth with layouts spread over nine days. But besides that, Parismina is a small town in the Costarican Caribbean where contact with the local people is total.
9. The beaches of Santa Teresa and Malpais
Santa Teresa has become one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica . It has a magnificent coastline with white sand beaches that offer ideal conditions for surfing. In Santa Teresa, the forest extends to the edge of the beach and there are still no high-rise buildings. Therefore, the views of the coast are diaphanous to the hillsides covered with forests of Mal Pais and Cabo Blanco.
Montezuma is a cozy and picturesque town in Costa Rica, known for its bohemian atmosphere and the great scenic beauty of its beaches, rivers and waterfalls. With its landscape of tropical paradise Montezuma is a perfect destination for all lovers of the beach and nature. The small town is surrounded by hillsides covered by dense forests, where rivers form waterfalls and natural pools. Groups of white faced monkeys live in the woods and can be easily seen.
11. Manuel Antonio National Park
With one of the most impressive landscapes in all of Costa Rica, the park has white sands and green foliage in the middle of big mountains.
Here adventurers can enjoy many activities ranging from hiking on the trails of the park, to excursions in kayaks or catamarans around the coast, it is also a good place for lovers of Zip Line and rappel.
Although it is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, it still preserves almost intact treasures.
12. Ballena Marine National Park
Summer place of humpback whales from the north and south of the American continent that come to give birth to their young. Oasis of dolphins, turtles and coral reefs. The Ballena Marine National Park was created to protect critical habitats for the reproduction and spawning of many marine species such as whales and dolphins, as well as to preserve the productivity of the biological communities that inhabit the coastal zone. Although most of its territory includes the maritime area, there are also beautiful beaches of sand and stone such as Playa Ballena, Bahía Uvita Beach, and Playa Piñuelas. There are cliffs and several mangrove forests bordering the rivers (emptying into the sea). This estuary area is an ecosystem that shelters species of fish, birds and crustaceans.
13. Poas Volcano
It is active and has one of the largest craters in the world. In addition, it is located in the mountainous forests of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range , so it boasts magnificent natural landscapes.
14. Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna Waterfalls
Arenal Volcano is a crater that has been active until 2010. Although you can not see the red lava that until recently was seen at night, in the territory known as Arenal – Fortuna you can enjoy a walk through an impressive tropical forest, see the rocks formed by the lava rivers and appreciate, from the same point, the volcano and at your back the Arenal lake. Apart from the routes related to the Arenal Volcano, the area has inescapable treasures such as the Fortuna waterfalls and thermal water complexes where one can relax admiring the impressive volcano.