There are more people or tourists that visit Costa Rica than any other country in Central America, growing from just 300,000 in 1988 to over 2.3 million in 2012. The number one reason of course is the massive amount of ecotourism activities available, culminating with what’s been called the 7 natural wonders of Costa Rica.
Here is an overview and highlights of each:
1. Isla de Coco
Or Cocos Island, it’s about 340 miles west of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean.
- Is known for its scuba diving and a relatively untouched environment.
- Was an inspiration for the island of the Jurassic Park movies.
- From its remote location, it used to be haven for smugglers and pirates.
2. Arenal Volcano
Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park.
- Is one of the 10 most active volcanoes worldwide.
- It’s about 1,633 metres or 5,358 feet and growing 10 feet a year from the constant lava flow.
- Is especially attractive for nighttime viewing with a lava light show.
3. Cerro Chirripo
It’s the highest mountain in Costa Rica located in the Chirripo National Park.
- The peak reaches 3,820 metres or 12,532 feet.
- Is popular for hiking, seeing glacial lakes, monkeys, pumas, and tropical birds.
- From the peak you can see both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as well as five other surrounding volcano peaks.
4. Rio Celeste
Or the Celeste River, located in the Tenorio National Park.
- It has a volcanic origin and from a chemical reaction, you can see the water turning blue.
- Includes a 65 foot waterfall.
- Is considered a place of cleansing.
5. Tortuguero Park
The Tortuguero Park includes 46,000 acres of natural wildlife and 20 miles of coastline, located on the Caribbean coast.
- Over 30,000 sea turtles lay their eggs on this stretch of coastline every year, including green, leatherback, hawsbill, and loggerhead turtles.
- Different turtle species are nesting from the months of February (Leatherbacks), all the way through October (Green Turtles).
- Is only accessible by boat or plane.
6. Poas Volcano
The Poas Volcano only 21 miles from San Jose and can be seen when flying into the San Jose International Airport.
- Is considered the worlds’ largest volcanic crater.
- You can see an occasional 600 foot tall geyser from it.
- Is the most visited volcano in Costa Rica.
Located northwest of San Jose, Monteverde National Park is the second most visited park in Costa Rica, over 70,000 people per year.
- Is famous for the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest, with 400 types of birds, over 2,500 different types of plants, and over 100 animal species.
- Has the largest number wild orchids in the world with over 500 identified.
- Is the only place in the world to see certain species, such as the Golden Toad.
Mountains, cloud forests, volcanoes, beaches, islands, turtles, and more, no shortage of activities for few weeks, months, or longer.
Plan a trip on your own network
Have your own network to help organize your trip, some of the highlights when doing so:
- Language options: You can use in English, Spanish, and 32 others.
- Organize with folders: You could have one folder just for Costa Rica, with sub-folders for different parks or activities. Within the folders are applications you can add content to, helpful to have in one place for easy reference.
- Planning your trip: Use your network to help plan your trip, this could be adding useful websites for activities, travel, and potential hotels or places stay, add local blogs if available, a note with short itinerary, actions for anything needed to be done beforehand, and events for your actual schedule.
- Sharing with others: Add others from your network to each folder as appropriate. Once added, they’ll be able to see all the respective application content that’s included.
- Content from the trip: This could be uploading photos to the Images application, storing videos to watch later or sharing with others, websites of new places you’ve found that you’d like to go back to, or relevant blogs to help stay in touch with places you’ve been.