Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus), Costa Rica

Costa Rica

A haven for biodiversity, weird and wonderful wildlife and something the locals call ’pura vida’…

Adventure Holidays in Costa Rica

Imagine a world where lizards walk on water and frogs are strawberry-red, where spiders spin webs of golden silk and rainbow-coloured flocks of birds soar through the sky. In Costa Rica all this and more is real. For this gloriously diverse ecosystem accounts for 5% of the world’s plant and animal species.

Discover the full spectrum through a range of activities: zip line through the mist-shrouded canopies of the cloud forest, where howler monkeys’ roars resonate around the hills, or glide through the tranquil canals of Tortuguero National Park. In summer departures you might even see green turtle hatchlings scramble across the beach towards the Caribbean Sea…. Oh, and did we mention the beach?

Costa Rica has the most forward thinking approach to conservation in Latin America. As a result, protected areas comprise almost 12% of the total land area and more are planned. Specific environments are being carefully preserved, including varied kinds of forests, mangrove swamps, marshes, paramós, rafia swamps and coral reefs.

Travel to Costa Rica is for those who have a true love of nature, and many of the places we visit are privately owned lodges, set up to protect the land and to enable the visitor to enjoy the wildlife, concentrating particularly on only permitting small groups at any one time.

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Costa Rica Top Five Attractions

1 Arenal

One of the major attractions of Costa Rica , Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until fairly recently, when it entered a resting phase and can no longer be seen spitting ash, smoke or lava. However there is still a lot of geothermal activity in the area and Arenal Volcano can be viewed while relaxing in the soothing waters of one of the area's many hot springs. Aside from the volcano, there are plenty of adrenaline activities on offer, from canyoning to canopy tours, and the surrounding countryside is perfect for walks, cycling and horseriding.

2 Monteverde

The cloud forests of Monteverde are a misty, verdant paradise, home to countless plant species and an amazing array of wildlife, including the notoriously shy Resplendent Quetzal. The local reserves have miles of trails for the nature lover to discover this unique ecosystem, and the more active traveller can try their hand on the zip lines for an exhilarating ride through the forest canopy.

3 Manuel Antonio National Park

Although Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, it boasts some of the country's best and most beautiful beaches. The dry coastal rainforest comes right down to the Pacific Ocean and provides a home for White-faced and Squirrel Monkeys, iguanas, sloths and toucans, most of which can be readily spotted while walking along the sandy paths.

4 Tortuguero

The remote town of Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast, is one of the world's major nesting grounds for both Green and Leatherback Turtles, and in the nesting seasons (April to May and July to October respectively) it's possible to see groups of turtles laying eggs in the sand. The Tortuguero National Park is criss-crossed with river channels, which can be explored by motor boat or canoe to discover the wealth of plant and animal life in the surrounding rainforest.

5 The Osa Peninsula

The remote town of Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast, is one of the world's major nesting grounds for both Green and Leatherback Turtles, and in the nesting seasons (April to May and July to October respectively) it's possible to see groups of turtles laying eggs in the sand. The Tortuguero National Park is criss-crossed with river channels, which can be explored by motor boat or canoe to discover the wealth of plant and animal life in the surrounding rainforest.

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