Costa Rica Vacation Packages, Tours & Travel Experiences
Costa Rica is certainly known for the friendliness of its people, its environmental concerns and its all year round good weather. However, there is much more to entice you to travel to go on a Costa Rica vacation. Above all are the diversity of places to visit and the wide choice of activities.
The country name means “Rich Coast” due to the vast quantities of jewels and gold found by the Spanish when they first discovered Costa Rica. It is bordered by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea with excellent beaches on each coast with 1300 kilometres/800 miles of coastline in total. It has a reputation for its well established systems for environmental sustainability programmes. In fact, 25% of the country consists of protected areas and national parks. Costa Rica has become the poster child for ecotourism.
The capital, San Jose, is ringed by mountains and lush green valleys. Although, like most capitals, it is quite hectic, there are several neighbourhoods which make San Jose a very walkable city on Costa Rica tours. It boasts an excellent selection of interesting museums and other cultural venues. One colourful highlight takes place every Thursday at the Parque Morazan when a troupe of jugglers performs accompanied by percussion music.
Arenal National Park in the north central part of the country has the world’s most active volcano. Since 1968, it has averaged around 40 moderate eruptions a day but is very safe. The area is excellent for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting and viewing wildlife while on a Costa Rica vacation. There are attractive waterfalls and hot springs and there is also an interesting butterfly conservatory.
Tortuguero, on the Caribbean Coast, meaning “full of turtles” is a biologically diverse national park with an amazing selection of wildlife which includes the three toed sloth and the jaguar. It is made up of rainforest, mangroves, swamps, lagoons and beaches.
Another interesting national park is Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which has over 2500 different plants, 100 mammal and 400 bird species, many ecosystems and a well laid-out system of trails.
The Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific consisting of both rainforest and coral reefs is stunningly beautiful. It has probably the best beaches in Costa Rica. It is also rich in wildlife.
Yet another wildlife reserve is Cano Negro in the north central part of the country, a marshy jungle-like very remote area not easy to navigate unless on a tour. One way to explore is a floating safari through the tropical rainforest and marshland on Costa Rica tours.
For further volcanic activity, visit Rincon de la Vieja in the north west with its trails, waterfalls and abundance of wildlife. You can experience bubbling sulphurous mud pits here. The area has wonderful vistas of natural beauty.
Other beach areas, both on the Pacific, are Tamarindo which not only offers bathing, sailing, fishing and diving but also has many art galleries and craft centres and Papagayo Gulf set in tropical scenery and quieter than Tamarindo while on Costa Rica vacations.
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Costa Rica Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Costa Rica vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Costa Rica's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Costa Rica for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Costa Rica vacations today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Costa Rica tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.
Essential Costa Rica
From toucans to arrow frogs, Central America’s rainforest is rich with colourful treasures. Our Essential Costa Rica tour features Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano area, and Monteverde Cloud Forest.More Details
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