Costa Rica – important travel information
The tropical paradise of Costa Rica has long been one of the most beautiful and safest travel destinations in Latin America. This is due to the incredible abundance of nature, which is strictly protected as in almost no other country, and to the diversity of landscapes and habitats.
Here you can find both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The fact that the Atlantic coasts belong to the Caribbean can be heard and seen quickly when you are in the area around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
There are dream beaches in Costa Rica almost in abundance. Above all, the tropical rainforest with its many exotic animals and plants is the dominating landscape. In addition, there is cloud forest (especially around Monteverde) and furthermore the country is crisscrossed by a chain of volcanoes. The visitor magnets here are the “Irazú”, “Poás” and “Arenal”.
Costa Rica is an attractive destination and offers a variety of experiences and scenic highlights.
The capital, San José, is primarily of cultural importance with its theater and museums. There are hotels for every taste and already the tours to the surrounding area give an idea of the natural richness that awaits the visitors.
Not far from the capital, the active volcanoes Irazú and Poás can be visited. Poás rises 2,708 meters above sea level and is one of the most interesting volcanoes in Costa Rica, because you can see from the crater rim into the second largest volcanic crater in the world (1.5 km in diameter and 300 m deep). At the moment, however, a visit is unfortunately not possible due to increased volcanic activity. The Irazú volcano is the highest volcano in Costa Rica with 3,432 m. In the language of the indigenous people Iaratzu means “rumbling mountain”. Its last eruption occurred in 1994.
The old capital Cartago is the most historical city of the country. Not far from it lies the fertile Orosi Valley, where mainly coffee is grown. On various coffee tours you can learn everything about the process of coffee production.
In La Fortuna, especially the Arenal Volcano is a main attraction. But also the thermal baths fed by it invite you to relax after an exhausting day of traveling.
The cloud forest near Monteverde is home to many birds and typical plants of this ecosystem. Here you can also find the longest canopy zip line in Costa Rica (9 sections, the longest is 770 m long).
Rincon de la Vieja is a volcano and national park in the province of Guanacaste. It is a great place for hiking, horseback riding, or visiting waterfalls and volcanic fumaroles.
Much cooler than the otherwise hot Costa Rica is the area around San Gerardo de Dota. Here you can also hike very well and even observe quetzals, the Central American birds of the gods.
Tropical rainforests with many exotic animals and plants can be found everywhere in the country. Especially recommended are Boca Tapada at Rio San Carlos, or of course the Osa Peninsula, which is anyway the area with the highest biodiversity on earth. Popular excursion destinations here are Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño. The coral reefs around the island are a paradise for divers and snorkelers, although the island itself is off limits.
The branching canals and lagoons around Tortuguero are a highlight on the northern Caribbean coast. In the “Amazon of Costa Rica” you can observe animals on boat safaris and also watch different species of turtles laying their eggs. A special experience is also the hatching of the young turtles.
Real Caribbean flair can be found in the southeast of Costa Rica, in places like Puerto Viejo de Talamanca or Cahuita. In addition to visiting the Cahuita National Park, this is a great place to unwind. Active travelers also have the opportunity to snorkel here or ride your first waves on a surfboard.
There are also many beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Especially popular are Playa Flamingo, Playa Sámara and of course Manuel Antonio. Whether for swimming, surfing or just relaxing. On the Pacific coast you will find the right beach resort for everyone.