San José, capital of Costa Rica, has much more to offer than just busy traffic and undeniable concrete stuctures. Chepe (nickname of the city) is definitely worthwhile to explore. Discover the charmes of historical Barrio Escalante, where colonial town houses are turned into modern art galleries. Enjoy good food and great drinks in Kukara Makara. Get your inspiration in the gold, jade- and/or national museum. We definitely recommend you to visit the mercado central where you can eat great local food. Watch tico´s selling and buying their local products. Best travel period is December until May with the least chance of rain.
You can only reach the Amazone area of Costa Rica by boat or by plane. It is the home of over 300 different species of birds and 60 different mammals. The village Tortugero is situated on the edge of the national parc with the same name, which means turtle village. The beaches of Tortuguero are important breeding grounds for 3 different kinds of sea turtles. You can have an exclusive dinner here in a floating restaurant.
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is a lowland rainforest, situated approximately 30 km from the Nicaraguan border, a perfect area to take a hike or ride a horse. For the daredevils amongst us it is also possible to do some rafting on the Sarapiqui river with a local expert. For those who adore food, follow our guide on a delicious chocolate or pineapple tour.
At the foot of the volcano Arenal lies the city of La Fortuna in the center of the protected Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There are many activities to experience: stand up paddling on the lake of Arenal, horse riding, fishing and zip-lining. A mustsee is the immense waterfall of La Fortuna or the tropical rain forrest towards the Arenal volcano.
Corcovado is a national parc situated in the southwest of Costa Rica. National Geographic called this area 'the most intense biological spot on Earth'. During the hiking trails you will be guided by professional guides who can tell you everything about the area and its inhabitants. A unique jungle experience! It is also possible to do some spectacular night hikes where you can discover the night animals on the job.
Savegre is one of the most important destinations for nature lovers, hikers and birdwatchers at almost 3000 meters above sea level. Together with an excellent naturalist guide who explains the flora and fauna of this cloud forest, you can see this paradise of birds for yourself. Hopefully the cask of the quetzal, the national sacred bird, highlights your experience.