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Arenal Volcano


Costa Rica was not named the ‘Rich Coast’ for nothing. Its tiny size belies the fact that this incredible paradise contains some 5% of the world’s total biodiversity. Home to cloud forests and active volcanoes, its unprecedented varieties of flora and fauna makes it one of the most colourful and rewarding destinations anywhere on the continent.


COSTA RICA’S FLORA & FAUNA Accounting for 6% of the world’s plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the richest biological countries anywhere. Blessed with huge diversities of flora and fauna, its varied ecosystems, including rainforests, mangroves and coral reefs harbour some of the world’s rarest species, including the beautiful resplendent Quetzal, manatees and leatherback turtles. The variety of different habitats make it an excellent choice for ornithologists.


TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Reachable only by boat or plane, Tortuguero National Park is 312 sq km of astounding natural beauty, with no fewer than 11 different habitats. Home to manatees, caiman, and the jaguar, its protected Caribbean beaches serve as prime nesting grounds for several species of sea turtle. It is also acknowledged as one of the country’s pre-eminent birding destinations.


ARENAL Rising to over 1,600 metres above the surrounding landscape and the waters of Lake Arenal, the perfect cone of Arenal Volcano has consistently been Costa Rica’s most active volcano, with 7 major eruptions since 1968 and many more smaller displays. Aside from regular large and small pyroclastic displays, the park is also home to the largest man-made lake in the country, several waterfalls and hot springs and a number of pleasant hiking trails.


MONTEVERDE One of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the Americas, and one of Costa Rica’s most interesting and naturally diverse regions, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to over 100 species of mammals, including 2 types of monkey and over 400 species of birds (including 30 different types of hummingbirds).


MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK Costa Rica’s smallest national park, this glittering pearl covers nearly 700 hectares of rainforests, beaches and reefs. With some of the country’s most biodiverse areas, the snorkelling and diving off the outlying reefs is excellent and the forests are home to sloth, rare squirrel monkeys and hundreds of bird species.


WHERE TO STAY IN COSTA RICA Costa Rica is arguably Central America’s best developed country, a claim supported by the quality of the hotels available:


MANATUS HOTEL – A first class, small and intimate hotel in a stunning location in beautiful Tortuguero


ARENAL NAYARA – Excellent bungalows, all with a private Jacuzzi, set in beautiful gardens in front of Arenal Volcano


PUNTA ISLITA – An eco-sensitive beach front getaway offering luxurious accommodation on Guanacaste’s coast


HOTEL GAIA – A tropical getaway and ‘adults only’ boutique property nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Manuel Antonio


LAPA RIOS – Designed in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment on the remote Osa Peninsula, this eco-lodge offers an abundance of activities including hikes, birdwatching walks and local project visits


HOTEL SI COMO NO – Private wildlife reserve, resort and spa by the beach, ideal for travellers seeking laid back comfort


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