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Boundless natural beauty populated by a huge diversity of species sums up Costa Rica. This little country really does have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to wildlife, and the authorities have worked hard to preserve as many pristine habitats as possible. As an ecotourism destination, Costa Rica is world class, and has an exemplary record of blazing a sustainable trail by protecting a full quarter of its territory. And what a territory! Volcanic peaks cloaked in cloud forest; tropical rainforest alive with chirruping, slithering, fluttering and croaking; a string of beaches on both coasts and a fine array of adventure sports to get the pulse racing.
If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, it may be that you are looking for a little guidance… Travelling to an unfamiliar country can be rather daunting, and unless you are unusually brave, you tend to spend hours trawling the internet to find out the crucial information that you need to know before you go. What visas do you need to cross the border? What currency should you carry with you? What is the Costa Rican culture like? What wildlife are you likely to see and when should you go to see it (ideally whilst not getting drenched)? We’ve put an end to the holiday stress by doing all of the research for you, and have collated it in a beautiful, informative travel guide to Costa Rica. Browse it on your phone as you commute, treat it as nighttime reading on your tablet or print it out in all its glory and rifle through the pages, scribbling your notes in the margins. We found it exciting to write and we know that you’ll find it fascinating to read! If you’re not sure what to do when you step off the plane, or are still deliberating about whether you should go, we’ve picked out the highlights of Costa Rica and its not-to-miss experiences to inspire you.
There are many different ways to approach a Costa Rican adventure. Make the most of the opportunities for getting out into all that life-affirming nature by planning some incredible hikes or canopy tours in the various national parks. Alternatively, hang your trip around the incredible wildlife watching possibilities, such as spotting whales and dolphins off the Pacific coast, or observing turtle nesting and hatching on the beaches of Tortuguero. Build plenty of relaxation time into your trip for a calmer experience, with some days beachside or maybe at the hot springs of Arenal. Whatever you you would like to prioritise on your holiday, our local experts can put together just the right itinerary for you.