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  • 1 Orosí Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Orosí

    From the Mirador de Orosí, you can take in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Costa Rica. The lush slopes of the Orosí Valley, covered with coffee trees and furrowed with waterfalls, go down as far as the Lago de Cachí and the superb ruins of Uj..

  • 2 Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - La Fortuna

    In the heart of the Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, not far from the picturesque La Fortuna, stands the cone of the splendid Arenal Volcano (1 650m), whose classic shape evokes a Japanese print. Admire the jade-green waters of its lake and the spectac..

  • 3 Parque Nacional de Cahuita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Cahuita

    On the outskirts of Cahuita, a small Caribbean city that pulsates to the sound of reggae music, the Parque Nacional de Cahuita (10km2) comprises mangrove swamps, marshes, tropical rainforest, heavenly beaches scattered with coconut palms, and coral r..

  • 4 Parque Nacional Tortuguero Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Tortuguero

    Take a boat trip around the fascinating aquatic universe of the Parque Nacional Tortuguero, through which runs the canal of the same name. The wildlife native to this maze of deltas and lagoons ranges from howler monkeys to less appealing creatures s..

  • 5 Laguna de Arenal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Nuevo Arenal

    The Laguna de Arenal (124km2) is a firm favourite with fishermen and windsurfers. Those who don't suffer from vertigo can make their way into the tropical forest via the suspension bridges or the Arenal aerial tram, from which you can enjoy breathtak..

  • 6 Parque Nacional Palo Verde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Cañas

    The vast Parque Nacional Palo Verde provides its wealth of resident wildlife (migratory birds, large mammals and reptiles) with a habitat comprising marshes, lakes and forests. In the dry season, the animals emerge to look for watering holes. Flocks ..

  • 7 Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Upala

    The Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja (14 000ha) is most renowned for its grandiose volcanic area, Las Pailas, with its plethora of fumaroles, geysers, sulphur springs and craters, including that of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Hikers should take..

  • 8 Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Cartago

    The Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú surrounds the highest volcano in Costa Rica (3 432m). Renowned for its terrible fits of temper (the last one dating from 1994), El Coloso is currently dozing, allowing you to admire its crater, and the emerald-green l..

  • 9 Isla del Coco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - San Pedrillo

    The vast and remote Isla del Coco boasts a volcanic terrain that is irrigated by superb waterfalls and covered with dense forest; no humans live here but it is home to the highest number of native species in the country! This incredible spot inspired..

  • 10 Parque Nacional Corcovado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Puerto Jimenez

    The Parque Nacional Corcovado (425km2) is the jewel in the crown of the wild Osa Peninsula. This tropical universe fringed with beaches is home to an exceptional variety of plant life and wildlife. The sheer wealth of natural phenomena is truly stunn..

  • 11 Monteverde Nature Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - La Tigra

    The quetzal, king of birds, perches up in the mists of Monteverde, whose cloud forest, stretching out at an altitude of 1 400m, constitutes one of Costa Rica's most legendary landscapes... and attracts visitors in droves. Five kilometres away from th..

  • 12 Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Nosara

    The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional is one of very few nesting grounds of the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Only a couple of sites in the world play host to the arribadas. Time your visit for August or September to see thousands of turtles str..

  • 13 Parque Nacional Barra Honda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Nicoya

    The Parque Nacional Barra Honda is famed for its maze of underground caves, some of which are only accessible by abseiling down in the company of a guide. The din outside (howler monkeys) is in stark contrast to the silence of the caves, where you wi..

  • 14 Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Manuel Antonio

    Although the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio covers a mere 16km2, it abounds with diverse natural landscapes and species. You might spot toucans, macaws or sloths in amid the islands, hills, forests and white-sand beaches. Just outside the park is the..

  • 15 Parque Nacional Volcán Poás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

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    CRI - Poasito

    One of the largest craters in the world (1.5km wide, 300m deep) spits its fumaroles out into the heart of the Parque Nacional Volcán Poás. From the terrace, you can enjoy a sensational view of the volcano safely out of harm's way: the Poás erupts eve..

  • 16 Sarapiquí River Recommended Recommended

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    CRI - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

    The upper stretch of the Río Sarapiquí (85km) runs alongside a lush tropical landscape. It is punctuated with rapids, making it popular with rafters and kayakers. The lower part, which is slower moving, is better suited to the more sedate delights of..

  • 17 Guanacaste Recommended Recommended

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    CRI - Liberia

    Guanacaste, land of sabaneros (cowboys), is an arid but multi-facetted province. There is something for everyone here: volcanoes, mangrove swamps, forests, national parks (Guanacaste, Santa Rosa) as well as the charming and venerable old city of Libe..

  • 18 Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro Recommended Recommended

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    CRI - Caño Negro

    The rainy season raises the dwindling water level of the lake (fishing possible) at the magnificent Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro, one of the largest wetland nature reserves in Costa Rica. Look carefully and you may just spot the enda..

  • 19 Nicoya Peninsula Recommended Recommended

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    CRI - Montezuma

    The unspoilt Nicoya Peninsula is well worth a visit. It has very few tarmac roads running across its savannahs and prairies, and instead you will see cattle grazing. The land runs down to superb beaches such as those at Montezuma and Sámara. Scattere..

  • 20 Turtle Island Recommended Recommended

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    CRI - Paquera

    Isla Tortuga, a private reserve, is the seaside paradise of the forty or so islands of the Nicoya Gulf. A day trip out here will include an appealing mix of white sands, coconut palms, lazing around, diving and a zip-line tour of the rainforest canop..

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