Costa Rica

The most biodiverse country on earth

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Emma Sparks

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The National Parks Of Costa Rica

Exploring the most biodiverse country on earth

Costa Rica’s national parks are a beacon of inspiration to the nation’s neighbors and to the world. As a leader in land conservation, Costa Rica has designated an astonishing 25% of its landmass as protected area--the highest in the world. A dizzying 26 national parks encompass all kinds of landscapes, habitats, and ecosystems.

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Costa Rica is a leader in land conservation, with an astonishing 25% of its territory designated as protected area. Its dizzying array of national parks (26 in total) are home to all kinds of wildlife, landscapes and ecosystems — think volcanic peaks, white-water rapids and miles of coastline.

Adventure is never far from the table in Costa Rica. There are rainforest hikes and world-class surfing, while its biodiversity and green conservation means that more than half a million species call Costa Rica home, from tropical fish and howler monkeys to toucans and scarlet macaws.

So come to Costa Rica and join the local ticos in their peaceful, relaxed way of life.

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  • Monteverde

    Monteverde

    Boasting an incredible ecosystem and home to approximately 5% of the planet’s total bird species, 130 mammal species and more than 3,000 plants, the cloud forests of Monteverde are a nature lover’s dream...Read more
  • Cerro Arenal Volcano

    Cerro Arenal Volcano

    For several decades, the Cerro Arenal Volcano was the most active in Costa Rica, spewing molten lava and red hot boulders into the surrounding darkness...Read more
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Once a sleepy backwater surfing town, Puerto Viejo has become a stop-off for travellers looking to party...Read more
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    If you imagine Costa Rica to be a paradise of pristine beaches, exotic flowers, thick rainforests, and crystal-clear waters, where monkeys and sloths and scarlet macaws frolic freely, then you have Manuel Antonio National Park in mind...Read more
  • Guanacaste

    Guanacaste

    Once part of Nicaragua, Guanacaste in Costa Rica’s northwest is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches...Read more
  • Cocos Island

    Cocos Island

    The uninhabited Cocos Island is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations...Read more
  • San Jose

    San Jose

    At first glance, San Jose might not seem like the prettiest of cities but delve a little deeper into the colonial mansions of Barrio Amon, the restaurants of Barrio Escalante and the many live music clubs, and you’ll soon uncover the beating cultural heart of Costa Rica’s capital...Read more
  • Tortuguero

    Tortuguero

    Impossible to reach by car, Tortuguero on the north east coast of Costa Rica can only be accessed by boat...Read more

Highlights of Costa Rica

Jungle wildlife and coastal relaxation
Approx. 9 days
San Jose (1 days) → Tortuguero (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (3) → Guanacaste (3) → San Jose
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Classic Costa Rica

Pristine beaches and nesting turtles
Approx. 10 days
San Jose (1 days) → Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (3) → Tortuguero (1) → San Jose (1) → Guanacaste (3) → San Jose (2)
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Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

National parks, cloud forests and turtles
Approx. 13 days
San Jose (1 days) → Tortuguero (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (3) → Monteverde (3) → Manuel Antonio National Park (3) → San Jose (2)
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Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure

Wildlife, beaches and rainforests
Approx. 15 days
San Jose (1 days) → Manuel Antonio National Park (2) → Monteverde (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (5) → Tortuguero (2) → Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (2) → San Jose (2)
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