Costa Rica - Touring Holidays
On an escorted tour to Costa Rica you are going to be truly spoiled when it comes to amazing flora and fauna and spectacular landscapes. Its national parks are its crowning glory, and amongst what scientists and naturalists refer to as ‘the living Eden’ you will discover a dazzling array of thrilling wildlife and exotic plants.
Beaches, jungles & volcanoes
A small country, covering an area of just 19,700 square miles, Costa Rica certainly manages to pack a lot in. Set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it boasts idyllic beaches, tropical forests, lush jungles and smouldering volcanoes. In fact, there are five listed active volcanoes here, with Arenal the most famous. Until 2010 this smouldering peak put on a regular show, spewing hot gases and steam for visitors, but it’s now in a resting phase. It’s still an astounding sight however, perched as it is amongst the lush landscapes of Arenal National Park.
Your gateway to this incredible world of natural wonders is the capital city of San José, itself a wondrous sight, surrounded by a ring of mountain peaks. Head downtown to admire landscaped plazas and barter for handmade jewellery and wooden crafts at the colourful markets. Gain an insight into the country’s past with visits to its churches and numerous museums – the Gold Museum displays an extraordinary collection of pre-Columbian artefacts which are well worth viewing. Or maybe visit a working coffee plantation – Costa Rica is, after all, one of the world’s top coffee producers. Here you can learn how the beans are grown and harvested, and enjoy a tasting of the finished product.
Tortuguero National Park
One of the country’s most important ecological sites is Tortuguero National Park. The journey here from San José takes you through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, passing through the Continental Divide, giving you exceptional views of primary forests. Your arrival in Tortuguero, by boat, will be greeted by a cacophony of sounds, from the screeches of howler monkeys to the exotic birdsong from some of the more than 375 species that live here. Other residents include capuchin and spider monkey, jaguar, tapir, caiman, manatee and three-toed sloth, while the park is also a nesting site for four of the world’s seven species of sea turtle – green, leatherback, loggerhead and hawksbill.
A great place to live
One of the most biodiverse places on earth, Costa Rica is also said to be among the best places to live. The people who live here are some of the happiest in the world, and they also have a higher life expectancy than that of any of their Central American neighbours.
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Fantastic flora and wondrous wildlife
Costa Rica – the name alone conjures up visions of colourful toucans flying through emerald-green rainforests and monkeys foraging for tropical fruit – and these are sights that are virtually guaranteed on a tour of this spectacular country.