What Does Costa Rica Have To Offer?
It’s been more than 3 decades (since 1980) after Costa Rica has been regarded as one of the top travel destinations around the globe, and it has showed no signs of slowing down! One of its strongest points is its well-organized national parks and protected areas that are teeming with wildlife, which cover about 23.4% of Costa Rica’s total land area.
YES, it has A LOT to offer and there’s no better way to start your Costa Rican journey than visiting any or all of the following 3 tourist spots in the small country:
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
When it comes to wildlife diversity, very few biological reserves, parks, and wildlife refuges could rival the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
Home to over 100 mammalian species; thousands of different insects; over 400 species of birds; and 2,500 species from the plant kingdom (with 420 orchid variations), visitors from all regions of the world flock to this biological reserve…making it one of the most touristy attractions in Costa Rica.
Unsurprisingly, ecotourism is the strongest suit of the Monteverde area. You can easily find organizations and tourist guides who are more than happy to preserve their local paradise and educate tourists on how they can do the same. Run by a non-profit organization (Tropical Science Center), this reserve offers A LOT of exciting and fun-filled activities like hiking; horseback riding; zip-lining; canopy tours; and those are just to name a few!
Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park
After it erupted in 1968, the Arenal Volcano has remained active since then, and it’s the most active volcano in Costa Rica today. For those of you who love living life on the edge and don’t mind staying near a volcano to witness its magnificent views, you’ll find A LOT of Costa Rican hotels that are located near Arenal.
Covered with rainforest and cloud forest, the Arenal Volcano National Park is teeming with jaw-dropping flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else! On the other hand, you’ll also find numerous hiking trails that crisscross through the park and lead to different points of interest and lookout spots that sightseers and adventurers will surely love.
Poás Volcano National Park
While the Poas Volcano is not as active as the Arenal Volcano, it’s anything but dormant! The national park is very accessible as it’s only 29 miles away from San Jose.
It’s easy to see why many foreigners and locals frequent the national park especially during the weekend. For starters, you can find A LOT of marked trails that give visitors a chance to experience the majestic Poas Volcano and the sights it offers. The park surrounding the volcano is VERY well-maintained with difficulty levels kept to a minimum.
If you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the park, I HIGHLY recommend taking the Escalonia Cloud Trail. This trail takes visitors up close and personal with the colorful and exotic birds that call the park home as well as other rare species of animals and trees like the Poas squirrel and the Escalonia Tree.
If you want to see the lake however, take the Botos Trail – it forks from the crater overlook trail and just before the viewing platform.