Although Costa Rica only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface, it hosts 5% of the world’s biodiversity and has over 100 protected forests and reserves. The country’s abundance of natural scenery makes it one of the most stunning destinations to visit in Central America. But, it’s fun and rich culture, which stems from the indigenous people, along with Spanish, Jamaican, Chinese, and other immigrants is also a driving force behind the distinctive and immersive experiences travelers have when visiting here.
A Tiny Village Paradise
In the small village of Tortuguero, you’ll find an intimate encounter with both nature and culture. This tropical oasis neighbors Tortuguero National Park, making it lush with plenty of flora and fauna to explore. It’s position along the coast also provides incredible viewings of beautiful sea turtles from July to September! Additionally, you’ll feel a closeness to this very small, but spirited community—one that was originally settled by a Colombian family. Surrounded by nature, the people live very simplistic lifestyles. Visitors must actually arrive here by boat because they do not use cars. Tortuguero is definitely a special place and should be a must-visit on any Costa Rica itinerary.
A Magnificent Volcano and Spectacular Forests
One of the most spectacular features of Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano. It stands over 5,300 feet tall and is surrounded by vast forest, which creates an outstanding photo opp! Plus, you can take in all it’s captivating scenery by hiking the trails around Arenal Volcano National Park. If you love all this, you’re certainly going to enjoy the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Curi-Cancha Reserve, two parks brimming with exotic nature and exciting adventures like zip lining and more. There are endless forests to discover—it’s simply up to you how much adventure you’re looking for!
A Capital Full of Culture
Don’t skip out on thoroughly exploring San Jose during your visit to Costa Rica. This capital city is a hub for all things culture, heritage, history, and food. Wander the local markets and take home a unique souvenir, admire the churches and cathedrals that pay homage to the strong presence of Catholicism in the area, and be sure to sip some of the renowned Costa Rican coffee and sample casado (a dish of rice, black beans, plantains, vegetables, and choice of meat). Lastly, no trip to this city would be complete without stopping to see the amazing architecture of the National Theatre and fascinating gold artifacts at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.
Costa Rica is an enticing destination for numerous reasons. It’s defined by the natural beauty and lively culture that inspires all its visitors. The flavorful coffee itself is enough to bring you back for more! Experience all this country has to offer on our Colorful Costa Rica Tour including airfare, accommodations, a professional tour guide, and more. On this adventure, we bring you to all these wonderful places and offer immersive activities like a cooking class with a local Costa Rican family!