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Rain forest Destinations

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita Offers beautiful white sand beaches formed by coral reef erosion. There are trails that allow relatively easy observation of monkeys, sloths, birds, snakes, etc. In addition, this park has become famous for protecting a beautiful aquatic garden of coral reefs that has more than 123 species of wildlife including fish, shrimp, crabs, and more.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, Beach, Biking, Car rental, Diving, Hiking, Horseback riding, Hotel reservations, Landscapes, Snorkeling and Wildlife .

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

In Gandoca Manzanillo, we offer a stay of 2 nights at beaches safe for snorkeling. Also at this location we offer the spectacular observation of Leather Back Sea Turtles nesting between March and July at a beach where 3 other turtle species are protected. There is also a mountain of more than 300 hectares (750 acres) with trails that allow you to hike through lush rain forest and discover the biodiversity that exists in this region such as monkeys, sloths, birds with majestic colores, tapers, frogs, snakes, etc.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation, riding, mountain biking, dolphin observation boat tours, snorkeling, diving, beaches, Bribri indigenous reserve.

Tortuguero Canals National Park

Tortuguero National Park: Is a system of natural canals where the only access routes of entry are by air or water and protects the nesting of 4 of the 7 species of marine turtles in the world. The main nesting season of the green turtle is from July to October, while the Baula turtle, which reaches a length of 2 meters nests between March and May.

The tour includes a 2 hour trip by boat into the park, a picturesque village tour, a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation museum, boat tour of the national park´s canals, a hike in the Tortuguero rain forest, and lodging for 2 nights with all meals included. On request, plane transportation to and from San Jose will be provided.

Tortuguero is one of the best locations to most easily see monkeys, sloths, birds, frogs, and much more.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation boat tours, kayak tours, turtle nesting observation and culture.

Carara National Park

This park consists of rain forest at it´s northern limit and tropical dry forest at it´s southern limit. For that reason, there is a convergance of species from both habitats. The site we visit for bird watching has one of the populations of red parrots that exist in the country and also contains one of the largest populations of crocodiles per kilometer of river in Costa Rica converting it into something similar to Jurasic park. The trails are apt for all levels of physical fitness.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, and wildlife observation.

Manuel Antonio National Park

This is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica. The concentration of wildlife, mainly monkeys and sloths, and also ctenosauros (iguanas), makes it a very attractive destination. In addition, the beauty of it´s beaches surrounded by forest with ocean water prevailing at 25° Celsius on average ( 80° Fahrenheit ) are the reasons for visiting this place. Afternoon tours with the probability of observing dolphins and occasionally whales are offered as an optional activity. The trails are adapted to different physical fitness levels, beginer, intermediate, and expert.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation, kayak tours, 4 wheelers, diving, sailing, riding, surfing, jet skis, sport fishing, Car rental, Hiking, Hotel reservations, mountain biking, and rafting in the rainy season.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

This is one of the largest national parks in Costa Rica. Its 47,000 hectacres (113,000 acres) of protected area include cloud forest and rain forest with a biodiversity of more than 400 species of birds, in addition to more than 150 species of mammals, There are also large numbers of reptiles and amphibians. In some places in the national park there are spectacular views towards the mountains, the Sucio (Dirty) river named for its tinted color due to mineral deposits from the folds of the Iraza volcano, and the Hondura river, as well as numerous waterfalls along the way. There is the hiking area Quebrada Gonzalez, where there trails for all levels.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes and photography.

Rain Forest Aerial tram

Built with private conservation efforts with a protection buffer in the form of the Braulio Carrillo park and next to the community of Guapiles, this tram encompasses several hundred hectacres of rain forest and includes a gondola ride through the forest canopy and a hike throught the forest floor offering different perspectives of the two levels of the forest.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, and photography.

Tapantí National Park

After crossing the beautiful coffee plantations and scenic road of Orosi Valley you arrive to Tapantí National Park, a rain forest that protect s the rivers that supply water and electricity to most of the central valley of Costa Rica. Three trails through the forest as well as waterfalls will give you the feeling of being in paradise.

Synthesis of activities: biking, hiking, birdwatching, swimming, photography

Tenorio Volcano

In the community of Bijagua de Upala can be found el Albergue Ecoturistico las Heliconias. (Heliconia plantation). Here we offer visits to the rain forest, hanging bridges, trails to waterfalls and crater lakes. Also to the majestic Celeste river where volcanic activity tints the crystal water in a light blue color. The abundance of birds makes this a good destination for bird watchers and nature lovers in general.. It is a good location for student groups.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, photography, bird watching, wildlife observation, riding, hanging bridges, mountain biking and student groups.

Arenal Volcano

This majestic volcano is one of the 10 most active in the world. This colosus in a conal form has been active since the devastating eruption of 1968, occasionally emitting piroclastic flows. Around the volcano are sugar, pinapple, papaya, yuca, malanga, and name plantations. In this zone, depending on physical condition, there are visits to the national park towards former lava flows, hanging bridges over the forest, the impressive La Fortuna waterfall, a tram, canopy through the forest, the lake, thermal waters, the extinct volcano lake Chato, and the Venado caves.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation, riding, mountain biking, sky trek, sky tram, canopy, La Fortuna waterfall, lake tour, etc.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Located 2 hours from Arenal volcano, this is a paradise for bird watching and observing wildlife in general. It consists of a lake system navegable by motor boats along the Frio river that encompasses a natural habitat for birds, monkeys, sloths, Jesus lizards, iguanas, etc. Along the way, it is possible to see orange and sugar plantations.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation boat tours.

La Selva Biological Station

This project is run by a consorcium of northamerican universities and the Universidad de Costa Rica and is a highly diverse Rain Forest useful for research and environmental education.

Synthesis of activities: hiking, birdwatching, wildlife observation, students field trips.

Sarapiquí

This zone presents a great variety of natural attractions in a rain forest with an abundance of diverse forms of wildlife such as frogs, snakes, monkeys, etc. The agrotourism presents a vast richness of the region´s palmito plantations, banana, pineapple, and more.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation boat tour, riding, mountain biking, insect museum, snake zoo, class III and IV rapids in certain seasons depending on river level, among other things.

Bocas del Toro

This beautiful corner of northeast Panama was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus during his fourth trip to America. Bocas is only 2 hours south of de Puerto Viejo de Limón.

Marino Bastimentos National Park is a tour by boat with visits to different islands in the national park. In Bahía Los delfines (Dolphin Bay) it is common to see these enchanting aquatic mammals. Another amazing atraction is Cape Coral, whose name is derived from the coral reef marine gardens that exist there. Due to the crystaline waters, from elevated wood steps it is possible to see a varitety of fish species.

Visit Popa island, where an indigenous population can be found. The interaction with this population is interesting and there are hikes on trails with medicinal plants, and local crafts too. It is also possible to fish. Visit Zapatillas island, where it is possibe to snorkel or rest and sun on the white sands of the island.

Return to Costa Rica

An additional day is optional where you can hike on Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos, or visit Hospital point where you can learn about the history of the operation of the United Fruit Company or visit Bird Island to observe the numerous species of aquatic birds that can be found there.

Synthesis of activities: Beautyful landscapes, wildlife observation, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, hiking and photography.

Caño Island

This biological reserve is an amazing destination for divers and snorkelers. It is located 12 miles off shore from Drake Bay area. A trail will take you to a lookout point in a steep slope where archaelogical evidence has been found including some if the misterious stone spheres made by our ancestors before the spanish came.

Sinthesis of activities: Dolphin watching, snorkeling, diving, hiking, photography.

Corcovado National Park

The Osa Peninsula contains the Corcovado National Park, a true national treasure. According to National Geographic, “Corcovado is the site of the greatest concentration of biological intensity on the planet earth”. There is no region in the world comparable with this area in the abundance of species of flora and fauna per hectacre of forest. This is the only national park in Costa Rica that has 4 species of primates that inhabit the country. Also, the diversity of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and plants makes the site a magic place.

The area of Drake Bay is a strategic point for diving and snorkeling lovers due to the diversity of species present off the isla del Caño located only 20 km. off the coast.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation boat tours, kayak tours, diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, riding.

Golfo Dulce

At Golfito area there is a lush vegetation, and a deep trench of green waters, there are trails and private reserves as well as botanical gardens.

Synthesis of activities: hiking, fishing, dolphin and whale watching, kayaking, biking, photography.

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