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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.

Costa Rica's wildlife

An essential guide to seeing Costa Rica's wildlife

Home to more than half a million plant and animal species, Costa Rica is famed as one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet—and a great place to see wildlife. Its variety of habitats, with unspoilt beaches, cloud-shrouded mountains, tangled mangroves and precious primary forests provide refuge for an astonishingly wide spectrum of wildlife in Costa Rica, from whale sharks to white-faced capuchins. Location plays a role too: flanked by Caribbean and Pacific waters, forming a bridge between the two American continents, Costa Rica is visited by hundreds of migratory bird species each year, and humpback whales from both hemispheres endure a 9,000km journey to mate and raise their young in Costa Rica’s bays...read more

14 days

Active adventures in Costa Rica

Natural wonders and unspoiled beauty
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6 days

Costa Rica multisport

Tropical bike rides and outdoor adventures
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13 days

Costa Rica wildlife adventure

National parks, cloud forests and turtles
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9 days

Highlights of Costa Rica

Jungle wildlife and coastal relaxation
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10 days

Classic Costa Rica

Pristine beaches and nesting turtles
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15 days

Ultimate Costa Rica

Wildlife, beaches and rainforests
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  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Guanacaste National Park

    Guanacaste National Park

    Sandwiched between Santa Rosa National Park and Rincón de la Vieja National Park -- the other two parks in the Guanacaste Conservation Area trio -- this incredibly diverse and endearingly rustic national park is one of Costa Rica’s least visited...
  • Cocos Island

    Cocos Island

    The uninhabited Cocos Island is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations...
  • 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...
  • Tortuguero National Park

    Tortuguero National Park

    This wild and interconnected web of canals is an aquatic fairyland, where gavilan trees stand sentry at the water’s edge, caiman snouts poke out of canals, tiger herons perch atop driftwood, and four species of endangered sea turtle travel thousands of miles every year to lay their eggs on the beaches where they once hatched...
  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

    Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

    The first national park in Costa Rica, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area in the province of Puntarenas...
  • Playa Carrillo

    Playa Carrillo

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  • Santa Teresa

    Santa Teresa

    A small beach village in the Puntarenas Province, Santa Teresa’s beach is famous amongst surfers for its fast and powerful beach break and consistent waves...
  • Corcovado National Park

    Corcovado National Park

    Few places on Earth are as wild, as rich, and as spectacular as Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park...
  • Tenorio Volcano National Park

    Tenorio Volcano National Park

    If wild and wonderful are your jam, then Tenorio Volcano National Park is a must for your Costa Rica agenda...
  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

    Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

    Home to some of the most startling and unique scenery in Costa Rica, Rincón de la Vieja National Park and its eponymous volcano welcomes visitors to volcanic landscapes, complete with steaming fumaroles, boiling mud cauldrons, and natural hot springs...
  • Cahuita National Park

    Cahuita National Park

    Cahuita National Park is a dreamy destination, where coastal rainforest spills onto sand, and sand fades into the turquoise Caribbean...
  • Poás Volcano National Park

    Poás Volcano National Park

    Poás Volcano is the second-most visited national park in Costa Rica for one excellent reason: a gently active volcano (and its triplet craters)...
  • Palo Verde National Park

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  • Carara National Park

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Places to go in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tours

Tortuguero and Tropical Rainforests

Discover Costa Rica's "Little Amazon"

7 daysFrom $1,335
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Cerro Arenal Volcano, San Jose, Tortuguero National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Beach, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Ziplining, Active, Walking, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Responsible Travel, Eco-travel

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Multi-Adventure

An active tour of Costa Rica and Nicaragua

10 daysFrom $1,679
Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Safari, Beach, Adventure, Climbing, Hiking & Trekking, Water Sports, Kayaking, Ziplining, Active, Walking, Biking, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism

Costa Rica Adventure Tour

Costa Rica tropical eco-adventure tour

9 daysFrom $2,150
Cerro Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, San Jose
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Adventure, Climbing, Hiking & Trekking, Water Sports, Kayaking, Ziplining, Active, Walking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Responsible Travel, Eco-travel

Caribbean to Pacific Family Adventure

12 days exploring Costa Rica

12 daysFrom $4,650
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Cerro Arenal Volcano, San Jose, Tortuguero National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Luxury, Beach, Family, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, Culinary, Food

Guanacaste, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Beaches

8 days at Rincon de la Vieja and Tamarindo beach

8 daysFrom $3,500
Guanacaste National Park, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Luxury, Beach, Family, Adventure, Climbing, Hiking & Trekking, Water Sports, Ziplining, Active, Walking, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture

Nature Highlights

10 days in the national parks of Tortuguero and Corcovado

10 daysFrom $2,565
San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Corcovado National Park
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Activity Luxury, Family, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Snorkelling, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries

Costa Rica Travel Companies

Lost World Adventures

Custom tours to Latin America
Central America, South America
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Cruise & Sailing, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Culture

Horizontes

Nature tours in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Luxury, Honeymoon, Beach, Family, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Water Sports, Kayaking, Canoeing, Active, Walking, Horseback Riding, Snorkelling, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Eco-travel, Community-led Tourism

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