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  • 1 Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Cabuya

    The Reserva Absoluta Cabo Blanco was founded by the Swede Wessberg and preceded any national conservation policy. You can explore a limited area of the reserve and walk through its tropical rainforest, which is populated with an abundance of wildlife..

  • 2 Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Guapiles

    Stretching over 480km2, the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo is one of Costa Rica's vastest, most diverse and most fascinating parks: it comprises five different forest biotopes, with an exceptional variety of birdlife and a hilly terrain (the summit..

  • 3 Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Bahia Drake

    It may be the seabeds of the Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño that fascinate divers, but the island's most impenetrable mystery awaits you in the Boruca Indian cemetery. Its stone spheres, the remnants of a distant pre-Columbian past, are a truly enig..

  • 4 Playa Grande Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Tamarindo

    Like neighbouring Tamarindo, Playa Grande, located to the north of the Nicoya Peninsula, attracts experienced surfers. It is also a nesting ground for leatherback sea turtles. They gather from April to October, providing a spectacle that is not to be..

  • 5 Monumento Nacional Guayabo Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    CRI - Turrialba

    On the southern flank of the Turrialba Volcano lies the largest pre-Columbian site in Costa Rica, founded around 1000 BC. Neither its stone foundations, nor its network of roads, nor its petroglyphs have helped us understand why it was abruptly aband..

  • 6 Valle Central Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Alajuela

    More than half of Costa Ricans inhabit the fertile and temperate region of the Valle Central. In the areas surrounding San José, Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago you will discover green slopes covered in pastureland, coffee trees and lush forests, all s..

  • 7 Bahía Drake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Agujitas

    Bahía Drake owes its name to the English explorer, who is said to have anchored here when he came upon the Osa Peninsula in the late 16C. The unspoilt beach, transparent waters, cliffs and virgin forest are still best explored by boat, but there is a..

  • 8 Parque Nacional Santa Rosa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Cuajiniquil

    Santa Rosa is a famous battlefield, commemorated by a museum, La Casona. It is also a national park with various habitats ranging from tropical dry forest to mangrove swamps. To the north is the resplendent white Playa Blanca; to the south, the beach..

  • 9 Talamanca Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - San José Cabécar

    Lying between the Caribbean coastline to the east and the mountains that delimit the region to the west, the region of Talamanca stretches out towards Panama. In this lush setting of contrasting landscapes and deep-rooted traditions, you may come acr..

  • 10 Parque Nacional Chirripó Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - San Gerardo

    The Parque Nacional Chirripó is home to a staggering array of animal and plant life. The incredible landscape is dominated by the Cerro Chirripó, which - at 3 820m - constitutes Costa Rica's highest peak. Don't attempt the climb without due preparati..

  • 11 Parque Internacional La Amistad Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - San Isidro

    The Parque Internacional La Amistad - a biosphere reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site - straddles Costa Rica and Panama. Already considered exceptional in terms of its terrain, remarkable native animals and varied plant life, the park is still par..

  • 12 Parque Nacional Marino Ballena Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Dominical

    The warm waters of the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena are inhabited by humpback whales, which breed here every year between December and April (Islas Ballenas). The sea also teems with divers, drawn here by the coral reefs. The park lies close to a p..

  • 13 Rainmaker Aerial Walkway Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Pocares

    Anyone who dreams of exploring the canopy along footbridges hanging from the treetops should make their way to Rainmaker Aerial Walkway. This vertiginous experience will allow you to get closer to the monkeys and birds and, once back on solid ground,..

  • 14 Playa Flamingo Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Brasilito

    The highlight of a string of beaches (including Playa Brasilito and Playa Potrero), white-sand Playa Flamingo is synonymous with luxury and indulgence. Fine villas tucked away on the headlands look out over the boats moored below and the seaside hote..

  • 15 Rainforest Aerial Tram Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    CRI - Carrillo

    The lightweight pod of this aerial tram soars off into the canopy, offering passengers a truly vertiginous journey that is infused with the verdant scent of the tropical rainforest. The guides are trained naturalists who are able to acquaint you with..

  • 16 Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Manzanillo

    The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo (83km2) is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems. Several villages are tucked away within its boundaries along with a multitude of plants and animals. The walk is easier if you take the coastal ro..

  • 17 Parque Nacional Carara Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    CRI - Jacó

    Marking the transition from rainforest to tropical dry forest, the Parque Nacional Carara has an astonishingly diverse range of habitats and wildlife. While the king of the forest is undoubtedly the Scarlet Macaw, its most elusive inhabitants are the..

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