Take a trip to Costa Rica
Embark on a journey to a country where the motto could be “Respect for nature”. All your explorations will plunge you into the heart of a preserved environment. Your trip will take you from the West to the coasts of the Pacific Ocean with Tamarindo and its magnificent beaches; to the East to the Caribbean Sea and, in the center, you will have the choice of various hikes. First of all, there are more than a hundred volcanoes, some of which are still active, such as Arenal, Poas or Irazu and its four craters. The very diverse tropical forests offer an amazing biodiversity. Corcovado National Park, the most humid, has a particular fauna composed of spider monkeys, tapirs, wild cats, but if you wish to observe sloths, you will have to go to Carara Park. A Costa Rican tour guide will lead you to the other parks according to your wishes and preferences. The territory is small, but it seems immense considering the thousand discoveries that you will make there.
Tour guides in Costa Rica
Five ideas for guided tours in Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park
Corcovado Park is located in the Osa region, on the Pacific Ocean coast. Its access is rather difficult and is mostly done by boat from Drake Bay. This makes it an asset, because it is less frequented and especially one of the last parks in the world where nature has remained intact and protected from the destruction of modern man. Your excursions will be accompanied by a guide and only on foot, because there are no roads, only paths.
– The San Pedrillo trail to observe the tropical forest with more than 500 different species of trees.
– The Sirena trail where you can admire the diverse fauna and its multitude of bird species.
The blue paradise of the Rio Celeste
The Tenorio Park contains one of the natural pearls of Costa Rica. The clear blue river of Rio Celeste is not to be missed. The marked route is six kilometers long and has some very interesting stops such as the 30 meter high waterfall and, a little further, at the Mirador, a panoramic view of the entire rainforest. We continue our walk towards the very soothing Laguna Azul pool before reaching the hot bubbling waters that can reach 90° (let’s not forget: the volcano is very close). Once you reach the small monkey bridge, you will reach the point called Teñidero, where the two small rivers Quebrada Agria and Río Buena Vista join, changing clearly from one color to another in an impressive way.
Manuel Antonio National Park
For the perfect mix of trekking, local wildlife viewing and lounging by the water, head to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast at the small Manuel Antonio Park near the town of Quepos.
You will wander through a tropical forest and observe sloths, iguanas, or monkeys by the hundreds letting themselves be approached. Without forgetting, of course, the typical species of multicolored birds of the country: toucans, parrots and other Quetzals. The number of visitors is limited, however, you are likely to see a lot of people, so it is better to get up early and then go stroll on the beaches of Playa Manuel Antonio, Playa Espadilla Sur or Playa Puerto Escondida. To have another vision of the park, it is possible to go along the different rivers by renting kayaks or to go on a boat trip with a local guide.
Tortuguero Village and Park
Nestled on the north coast, on the Caribbean side, is the small village of Tortuguero, in the province of Limón. It can be reached by boat via the Pavona pier. Its name means “Land of the Turtles”, because every year, the very protected marine turtles come here by the thousands to lay their eggs from July to October depending on the species. The whole area is a tangle of canals that run through the forest. Boat tours allow you to better observe the flora and fauna abundant in many birds and wild animals. There are several land walks that allow you to see the local biodiversity in a different way. A famous trek for this is the one that takes you to the top of the Cerro Tortuguero hill. Far from the hustle and bustle of civilization, you will have another vision of Costa Rica in its most natural form.
The small village of Uvita, located in the middle of the Marino Ballena National Park, at the end of the province of Puntaneras, is a true condensation of Costa Rica. Its small area ends on its black sand beaches forming an astonishing drawing resembling a whale tail at low tide. You can come and admire the cetaceans from July to October. In the Terraba Sierpe reserve, board a kayak for a trip through the mangrove vegetation and admire the fauna, including a large variety of endemic birds. Because of its waterways and the proximity of small mountains, there are beautiful waterfalls, Pavon or Nauyaca near Playa Dominical, where you can swim.
Every year, towards the end of February, the Envision Festival takes place where thousands of people from all over the world meet for meditation and awakening of the being.