There is more to Costa Rica than the Caribbean...
True – our site gives it away. We really love the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. But we also like traveling to the rest of the country, hiking near the magnificent Arenal Volcano, exploring the Monteverde cloud forest, visiting the famous Manuel Antonio National Park or trekking through Corcovado National Park, in the southern Pacific coast. And so do our clients.
We would be happy to include the following destinations into your itinerary – please contact us for more details!
Welcome to the Arenal volcano - the active “Mountain of Fire” that is often a must-see for many travelers to Costa Rica. Besides hiking in the national park named after the volcano, you will be able to enjoy world famous hot springs, as well as many other activities the area has to offer –such canyoning down waterfalls, ziplining high in the mountains, and whitewater rafting. You will be based in the small town of La Fortuna, which offers a variety of hotels and restaurants that will fit your budget.
High up in the mountains, Monteverde is best known for its word famous Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. The Preserve consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forest. The reserve as extremely high biodiversity, consisting of over 2,500 plant species (including the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects. Visitors base themselves in the picturesque village of Santa Elena - a great base to explore the Biological Reserve and other private reserves in the area, as well as other activities such as canopy tours, canyoning and night hiking.
Corcovado National Park
National Geographic has called Corcovado "The most biologically intense place on Earth"- and indeed this is the jewel in the crown of Costa Rica's national park system. Located in the remote Osa Peninsula of the southern Pacific coast, Corcovado's primary rainforests host an abundance of wildlife that will amaze any visitor. You can explore the park as a day trip destination, staying in one of Drake Bay's luxurious eco-lodges, or you can hike in from the parks eastern side (via Puerto Jimenez) and enjoy a multi-day trek guided by a local naturalist.
Manuel Antonio National Park is a small biological oasis on the Pacific coast. Containing some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, this humid tropical forest is home to many species of flora and fauna that are in danger of extinction. At one time, much of this area was logged using a system called selective extraction to cut high quality lumber without clear cutting. These areas of the forest are now in a regeneration process, though the area is under pressure from many and conflicting activities, such as agriculture, livestock and a highly developed tourism industry. Still, this is one of the most fascinating national parks in Costa Rica. You will see Sloth, White Face and Squirrel Monkeys, Iguanas, numerous birds and more exotic plant life than you can imagine!