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Costa Rica

About this destination

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Facts

  • Capital: San José
  • Currency: Costa Rican colón
  • Recognized regional languages: Mekatelyu; Bribri; Patois
  • Population: 4.906 million (2017)

Culture

Costa Rica was the point where the Mesoamerican and South American native cultures met. The northwest of the country, the Nicoya peninsula, was the southernmost point of Nahuatl cultural influence when the Spanish conquerors (conquistadores) came in the 16th century. The central and southern portions of the country had Chibcha influences. The Atlantic coast, meanwhile, was populated with African workers during the 17th and 18th centuries. As a result of the immigration of Spaniards, their 16th-century Spanish culture and its evolution marked everyday life and culture until today, with Spanish language and the Catholic religion as primary influences

Travel packages for this destination

Corcovado Park

Nat Geo established this park as the third most important national park of the world due to its biodiversity. The tour takes you hike its forests, passing by waterfalls and a boat experience towards Drake Bay with its secluded beaches and impressive vegetation.

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Marino Ballena Park

Visit a national park that protects more than 13 miles of ocean and 9 miles of the pacific coast. It is formed by mangroves, coral reefs, secluded beaches. The tour takes you to experience whale watching (august – November) and snorkeling into its blue waters.

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The Waterfall Route

What is traveling without adventuring into nature? This tour takes you into a refreshing route of waterfalls and mountains. Marino Balleno, a reserve that protects more than 13 miles of ocean and 9 miles of coast formed by mangroves, coral reefs, secluded beaches where whale watching is performed.. Later, Miramar Puntarenas awaits for you with turtles, mountains and forests home to wildlife and exotic species. Last days at Sámara palm-lined bay, pink-sand beaches and reef, turtles, mangroves.

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Charms of the South Pacific

This journey is designed for travelers who love getting into the blue waters of the pacific coast. The trip includes whale watching, snorkeling, surfing. At the same time, visiting a local community and a nature reserve with most of Costa Rican flora and fauna.

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Mountains & beach

Experience the green landscapes of Costa Rica. Besides the classic sites of Arenal and Tortuguero, visit other national Parks, among them, Río Celeste with turquoise waters and hikes passing by hot springs and waterfalls. Later, we move into the mountains of the country into Monteverde cloud forest reserve which shelters wildlife species. Finally, relaxing time at some of the world´s best beaches within Manuel Antonio park with its varied fauna.

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