If you are already planning your next trip, Jaco Montecarlo brings you suggestions to get to know Costa Rica without missing out on this fantastic place.
Although the country also has an impressive culture, heart-stopping beaches and a population that has made the famous Pura Vida! your hallmark.
What 10 things do you have to see in Costa Rica?
1.- Visit the Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoy the beauty of its beaches.
Walking trails surrounded by wildlife and resting on paradisiacal beaches are options that promise to captivate your senses.
The magic of the beach and the greenery of the forest come together in one place, and the result is a natural paradise. Not surprisingly, Manuel Antonio National Park is the Protected Wilderness Area that receives the largest number of national and international tourists.
2.- Travel to Tortuguero and explore the natural sanctuary to observe birds, crocodiles and spider monkeys.
What can you do in Tortuguero?
Travelers can take a boat or go kayaking or canoeing to get the best view of the wildlife in this beautiful park. Touring the canals and mangroves of Tortuguero by boat is a must during your trip to Tortuguero, without a doubt one of the top attractions in the area.
3.- Explore the Pico Blanco and the OrosÍ valley and enjoy the panoramic landscape.
Surrounded by majestic mountains, its landscape is divided between practically virgin forests and extensive farms with coffee plantations, which form terraces on the rolling hills. From the Orosí viewpoint you will get a magnificent perspective of the area in a perfectly equipped place to spend a relaxing day with the family.
Close to the town of Paraíso you will be able to see the beauty of the Lankester botanical garden and take a walk enjoying its magnificent collection of orchids.
4.- Admire the unique architecture and views of the Colonial City of Cartago.
Also known as The Old Metropolis, Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823, when that title was transferred to the city of San José. It is a city with a good level of commercial development and adequate state services, despite the fact that seismic movements have historically caused considerable damage, there are important architectural structures. Cartago is the city that houses the Patroness of Costa Rica Our Lady the Virgin of the Angels.
5.- Discover the Famous Turrialba Café on the Turrialba Volcano.
The Turrialba Volcano forms a single system together with the Irazú Volcano. It is an oval-shaped stratovolcano and its formation is due to explosive and effusive lava events, it has three craters with the presence of lava flows on its flanks. Two possible cones were developed on its slopes: Cerro Tiendilla at 2971 m a.s.l. and the Armado at 2750 m asl, where it is possible to find two life zones, according to Holdridge’s classification: Tropical Humid Forest and Very Humid Premontane Forest.
6.- Explore the Arenal National Park and enjoy its waterfalls and trails.
Without a doubt, one of the things to do in La Fortuna is to visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the best National Parks in Costa Rica and one of the most incredible places in the area as well as one of the best locations from which to see the volcano.
It is important to know that the park has two sectors that can be visited, although the best known is the Volcano Sector, where you can walk 3 trails ranging from 500 meters to 3 kilometers. In addition to these trails, you can go by car or on foot to a viewpoint with unique views of the volcano.
7.- Visit the Osa Penínsnulas Biosphere Reserve and discover the region’s biodiversity.
The Osa Peninsula is a peninsula of Costa Rica located on the southwestern coast of the Pacific Ocean, bounded by Coronado Bay to the north and Golfo Dulce to the south. Located to the south of the province of Puntarenas, it has an approximate area of 1,740 km², which makes it the second largest in the country, after Nicoya.
Despite being a relatively small area, it contains a large number of tropical habitats: rain forests, coastal wetlands, mountain forests, etc. The famous Corcovado National Park has been established in this region, which constitutes the largest protected area in Costa Rica and which, according to the international organization National Geographic, is “the most intense biologically active area in the world.” Since the 1970s, when the park was founded, various Costa Rican and foreign authorities have worked together to protect the natural resources that are included in this strategic peninsula.
8.- Navigate Arenal Lake and relax in its crystal clear waters.
Lake Arenal is an artificial reservoir located in Costa Rica, formed after the construction of a dam in 1979, taking advantage of the existence of a small lake of the same name.
It is located near the Arenal Volcano, Volcán Tenorio National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest at coordinates 10.53, -84.93. The cities of Tilarán and La Fortuna, in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela respectively, are the largest and most important in their vicinity.
The extensive rainforests and cloud forests that grow around the lake help to “feed” it by providing rain. The region’s forests are home to a rich biodiversity made up of around 2,000 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and some 300 species of birds. The presence of the jaguar, the quetzal and the danto stands out.
9.- Climb the Tres Hermanas or Cerro Chirripó and enjoy an incredible panoramic view.
The satisfaction of reaching the highest point in the country is the main reason –but not the only one– that attracts visitors to this place.
Impressive views, observation of endemic, resident and migratory bird species, and a tour between páramos and lakes of glacial origin are part of the experience that can be lived in the Chirripó National Park.
Chirripó is a Cabécar word whose meaning is “Land of Eternal Waters”, in this place there are modeled and varied glacial forms such as U-shaped valleys, moraines, terraces, glaciers, lakes and glacial cirques that attest to the passage of great languages. of ice whose action dates back approximately 25,000 years.
10.- Explore the city of San José and enjoy the colonial buildings, art and culture.
Vibrant and lined with Victorian mansions, Costa Rica’s hectic and bustling capital was built on the profits of the coffee trade, and working plantations of “golden beans” continue to ring the city. Taste freshly roasted local beans from the Central Market. If you want to see a brighter gold, visit the Gold Museum. Many historical sites have been renovated and are now home to elegant hotels. Nightlife is concentrated in El Pueblo, a city inspired by Spanish towns considered an epicenter rather than a destination. Don’t miss the elegant 1897 National Theater.