If you’re a nature-lover or adventure-seeker, chances are high that you’ll thoroughly enjoy an escorted tour holiday of Costa Rica. In addition to being a land full of unspoiled beaches, lush rainforests, delightful wildlife and active volcanoes, Costa Rica is known for its great food, super-friendly people and an endless array of exciting activities.
Although a relatively small country, Costa Rica seems to have everything, so it’s impossible to do it all in just one trip. That said, you can easily pack a lot into an escorted tour to help make your dream Costa Rica holiday a reality.
The ‘Adventure Capital’ of Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano area which offers so many adrenaline activities, such as rappelling, zip lining, waterfall jumping and white water rafting. It’s also a great place to go if you enjoy bird watching, trekking or hiking. Countless escorted holidays take place here and in the surrounding area, and you can even visit several volcano-heated hot springs to help you unwind after your adventures.
Another unique place to visit during your Costa Rica holiday is Monteverde, a mystical area that’s situated in the mysterious cloud forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is covered by a cloud-like mist and is home to hundreds of species of birds and an amazing variety of orchids and flora. On an escorted tour, you’ll be able to admire the orchids, go bird watching and learn about the frog population. Even if you choose a horseback riding tour, you’ll still get to look at the different plants and see Monteverde’s diverse wildlife. If you’re really lucky, you may even spot a puma, ocelot or jaguar. But there’s more. Monteverde also boasts a magical butterfly garden, numerous hiking trails and the Selvatura treetop suspension bridges.
One of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica is Tortuguero National Park, where most tourists head to see nesting sea turtles and all kinds of wildlife, including sloths, monkeys and squirrels. It’s a vast area of creeks, lagoons and canals, so the best way to get around and see the animals is by boat. There are, however, some hiking trails here too.
Despite being the smallest national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park receives the most visitors each year. There is so much to explore here, from stunning beaches and park trails to jungle life and endangered species. The park wildlife and reptiles include toucans, sloths, racoons, anteaters, iguanas, lizards, rare squirrel monkeys and hundreds of bird species. Dolphins and migrating whales have been spotted offshore from time to time, and crocodiles have shown their faces here as well. It’s not essential to take an escorted tour, but it might be best to hire a guide to help you make the most of your time here.