Risky activities make your heart beat faster. Costa Rica attractions
like hiking, water rafting, sky skiing and bungee jumping make the perfect vacations.
When you perform these type of acts you gain much a lot of
excitement, allowing you to step outside of your comfort zone. You
leave what you are used to do and see for awhile to experience culture
shock and do things that require significant effort and
involve some degree of risk and/or physical danger.
Youradrenaline kicks up making you feel like you are on a TV show or in an Indiana
Can you imagine how exciting it is rafting in Costa Rica?
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The interesting thing about Costa Rica attractions is that a lot of
people are after them. This country is well known as a soft adventure
destination- one of the fastest growing elements for incentive programs
This is a land of Volcanoes, Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Rivers.
This tiny country is roughly the size of West Virginia but it is worldwide renowned for its
pioneering efforts in ecological conservation. But, what, exactly, is there to do?
The tourism zones are divided in six and each offers a wealth of
exciting natural options with a twist:
Don’t worry. Adventure Tourism companies have to be awarded regulations
and operation licenses from the different governmental entities.
some international media have acknowledged our country as the
best destination for adventure.
Rica offers a wide range of colorful- exotic birds.
is an adventure that you cannot miss in Costa Rica.
a satisfaction you feel when you trap the big fish! You will enjoy
North Pacific Zone
the North Pacific zone of Costa Rica, the beach scene centers on the
of the Golf
where luxury hotels are
sprouting like mushrooms. Its where the Arenal
located and is one of the most active
in the Western Hemisphere. The Arenal Volcano is best seen at night,
pyrotechnic displays bathe the surrounding area in an orange glow. The
volcano heats the nearby Tabacon River and creates the famous Tabacon
Hot springs, another one of this land’s most famous landmarks. Another
popular attraction is the cloud forest of Monteverde.
Popular attraction is the cloud forest of Monteverde.
Pacific National Parks
- Santa Rosa
- Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
- Cabo Blanco Strict Nature Reserve
- Palo Verde
- Barra Honda
- Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve
maine attraction is the impressive Arenal volcano. This park is located
at the northern end of the Tilaran Mountain Range. Wildlife watchers
may see jaguars, deer and sloths; birds such as parrots, parakeets and
quetzals; and snakes like the fer-de-lance and boa constrictor.
of the battle of Santa Rosa, this park features 10 habitats including
savannas consisting of jaragua glassland and various trees such as the
live oak, as well as deciduous forests containing 240 species of trees
parks biologically diverse forestlandscape includes rainforest,
tropical wet forest, cloud forest and tropical dry
Highlands consist of the massifs of the Orosi and Cacao
volcanoes, the peaks of which are sorrounded by a primary forest
harboring about 3,000 species of epiphytic plants. About 300
species of birds have been identified.
National Wildlife Refuge
a stretch of beach between Punta India and the mouth of the Nosara
River. The refuge is an important nesting site for the
Pacific Ridley sea turtle.
Cabo Blanco Strict Nature Reserve
Located on the southerb tip of the Nivoya
Peninsula on the Pacific coast, this refuge is a marine bird sanctuary
with numerous brown pelicans, frigate birds and laughing gulls.
Palo Verde National Park
The park is made up pf a mosaic of diverse
floodplain habitats, including salt and freshwater lakes, mangrove
swamps and evergreen forests.
Barra Honda National Park
A diverse network of underground caverns is
the highlight of this park, including the noteworthy Terciopelo, Trampa
and Santa Ana caves, which feature a profusion of stalagmites, pillars,
shark's teeth and other formations.
Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve
called the "insect park", this reserve is home to betweebn 200 and 300
species of bees and 60 species of moths. Other features:deciduous
forest, permanent rivers, many springs and 130 species of birdsm
including a large populationof insect-eating birds.
Rica North zone is the site of the famous Tortuguero canals,
where visitors float
lazily past pristine mangrove forests. The pace picks up with
whitewater rafting, a popular sport in the region's fast-flowing
rivers. But sea turtles are a top draw on any list; thiusands
the endangered creatures heave themselves onto the region's shores to
lay their eggs every year.
Baby Baula Turtle
Zone National Parks
- Barra del
Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Negro National Wildlife Refuge
de la Vieja National Park
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Located in Limon Province, bordering the Barra
River on the Caribbean coast, the refuge consists of swampland almost
totally devoid of any wooded areas. While the top soil is
unsuitable for supporting agriculture or livestock, the refuge is still
popular with tourists for its wide range of wildlife.
Negro National Wildlife Refuge
refuge is a birdwatcher's paradise, featuring cattle egrets, wood
storks, anhingas and manh other species, The refuge is also
to plants and animals not found anywhere in Costa Rica.
Vieja National Park
volvano with nine
identified craters on the summit, Rincon de la Viena still has fumarole
vents at the foor of the ridge in the Las Pailas area. The
protects an importamt watersjed and is home to what is probably the
largest existing growth of the national flower- the "guaria morada" or
This is the
most important nesting
area for the green sea turtle in the western Caribbean. The
leatherback and hawksbill also nest along these beaches.
Rica Atlantic. Surfing is also a popular pastime on Costa Rica's
Caribbean coast where the country's biggest and most powerful
waves-niknamed "Salsa Brava"-can be challenged at Puerto
Viejo. Limon is the largest town on the coast and
the center of the region's Afro-Caribbean culture.
- Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife
- La Amistad International Park
One for adventure buffs, this reserve is characterized by steep
inclines, rocky rivers with rapids and waterfalls, and tall trees in
the upper elevations.
Cahuita is home to one of three living coral reefs on the Caribbean
coast. Its diverse marine life includes elkhorn, staghorn and brain
corals, French angel fish, blue parrotfish, green turtles and various
crustaceans. Tours to the reef are available and skindiving
National Wildlife Refuge
is one of the most important in Costa Rica's vast national parks
network, holding one of only two living coral reefs in the country.
The reef runs about 200 metters off the shoreline and
features more than 60 species of tropical fish.
Amistad International Park
dense rainforest and cloud forest, La Amistad International Park
features nearly 400 species of birds. A large portion of the
park remains unexplored, but several research teams have canvassed its
southwest corner and identified more than 130 varieties of orchids.
Rica South. Trips to Costa Rica's highest mountain, Cerro
Chirripo, are just one of many outdoor activities in this
Rica's Pacific coast is famous worldwide among divers for the number
and variety of marine species within easy reach of shore.
- Corcovado National Park
Island Biological Reserve
- Chirripo National Park
- Ballena National Marine Park
Corcovado National Park
last remaining virgin rainforest in all of Central America, the park
contains many birds and mammals that are on the worldwide endangered
species lists, including the ocelot and the puma.
Cano Island Biological Reserve
One of Costa Rica's most interesting archaeological sites, the reserve
was used as a cementery in pre-Columbian times.
National Marine Park
feet, Mt. Chirripo is the
highest mountain in Costa Rica. The park features lakes of
glacial origin, extensive panoramas and cloud forests.
environments, including sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, cliffs,
islands, rocky reefs, the Punta Uvita tombolo and a coral reef that is
a major breeding ground for several marine species.
Rica Central Zone. Over half of Costa Rica's residents live in
the Central Valley around San Jose, and it comes as no surprise that
this is also the location of many of the country's top attractions,
including the Rain Forest Aerial Tram, the Original Canopy Tour, and
the Pueblo Antiguo living history museum. In San Jose proper, one of
the most interesting visits is the Jade Museum, which houses one of the
few remaining collections of artifacts of Costa Rica's pre-Columbian
repository located in Costa Rica Central zone is the Museo de Oro, with
an extensive collection of the
precious metal crafted into stuff sought by the first European
explorers. On the Pacific coast, Jaco Beach is famous
among surfers. Several major national parks are found within
short drive of the capital, many with unique features:
Zone National Parks
- Tapanti National Park
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Poas Volcano National Park
more than 11,000 feet, Irazu is Costa Rica's highest volcano.
has a long history of eruptions and eruptive cycles and features four
craters at its summit.
Guayabo National Monument
is Costa Rica's most important archeological site, where the appeatance
of human occupation may date back to 500 B.C. Still standing
stone structures believed to have been built between 800 and 1400 A.D.
zones-lower montane rain
forest and premontane rain forest-can be found at this park, where
about 45 species of mammals exist, as well as 260 species of birds.
Carrillo National Park
one of the most rugged
landscapes in the country, Braulio Carrillo contains two extinct
volcanoes-Cacho Negro, visible because of its conic shape, and Barva,
which has several craters. The park is home to 6,000 identified species
of trees, abundant birds, frogs and toads.
Volcano National Park
Poas is one
of the few active
volcanos on the continent. Visitors can observe active
at the bottom of the crater and four major habitats on the slopes.
Some of the 79 species of birds include the green toucan and
Carara Biological Reserve
plant life is the highlight
of this biological reserve, with evergreens being particularly
predominant. Several ecosystems-including marshlands, a
and primary, secondary and gallery forests-are also featured.
flock to the breaks along this
Central Pacific zone, especially in the area around Quepos and Manuel
National Park. The port of Puntarenas is the
stepping off point for adventure cruises in the region. Puntarenas is a
province and it covers most of Costa Rica's Pacific ocean, it
is also the largest province of Costa Rica. Far out into
the blue Pacific, Coco's Island is entirely protected. Though it is one
world's top dive sites, it is reached only by ship.
- Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio Beach
Covered by an evergreen forest with clouds covering the tallest peaks,
Coco's Island features spectacular waterfalls and a turquoise sea with
marine life including sharks, parrotfish, tuna and mantas.
three endemic bird species are the Coco's
Island finch, Coco's Island flycatcher and Coco's Island cuckoo.
Antonio National Park
of Costa Rica's smallest parks, and yet one of the most popular,
Manuel Antonio's attractions include two white sandy beaches and 12
islands near shore that serve as excellent seabird sanctuaries.
Diverse fauna includes 184 species of birds and 109 species
mammals, including the endangered squirrel monkey. There is a wide
range of marine flora and fauna, with sponges, coral, crustaceans and
78 species of fish.
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