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Costa Rica Rainforest!

Stunning natural beauty: Costa Rica is known for its incredible natural beauty, from its lush rainforests and pristine beaches to its active volcanoes and stunning waterfalls.

Welcome to Eco Tours Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica, where adventure meets paradise! With 25 years of experience guiding tourists through our breathtaking country, we offer you the chance to explore Costa Rica like never before. Discover the lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife that make Costa Rica a top destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Our expertly crafted tours and vacation packages provide you with the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation at reasonable prices. Embark on unforgettable journeys to iconic destinations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and vibrant traditions of Costa Rica as you taste local cuisine, learn about indigenous communities, and experience the warmth of the Tico hospitality. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities like zip-lining and whitewater rafting or tranquil moments surrounded by nature’s beauty, we have something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in Costa Rica – where every moment is filled with wonder and excitement. Book your tour or vacation package today and let the adventure begin!

Costa Rica shelters 5% of the world’s biodiversity. An extraordinary country with a great diversity of flora and fauna. The country has two coasts and on the Caribbean coast, we find English speakers of Jamaican origin. The topography in the country is quite irregular with high mountains, with drastic changes in temperature, elevation, and precipitation. Giving rise to a great variety of ecosystems that are found throughout the country.

Planning to Visit Costa Rica in the Low Season

Between May to November is our “green season or low season”. The forest especially in the Pacific side changes a lot from dry to a more lush green forest due rain. We encourage you to visit between May to July, few rain showers and prices are lower and less people. Unforgettable experiences at affordable prices!!!

Popular Tours

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Visit the most active volcano in Costa Rica accompanied by a local guide who will explain about its natural history while you observe of the most beautiful craters surrounded by lush vegetation. Our tour includes a visit to a coffee

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The boat tour along the Sarapiqui river offers a captivating adventure where you will enjoy the local diversity of plants and wildlife. You get to see toucans, caimans, turtles, sloths, monkeys, iguanas

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Tortuguero is a must see destination located at 80 km north of Limon on the Caribbean coast surrounded by canals, rivers, lagoons and rainforest. We offer 3 days | 2 nights and 2 days | 1 night packages (all inclusive). Make your reservation the turtle season is coming from July through September

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La Paz Waterfalls is a nature reserve located in a beautiful setting surrounded by Rainforest and Cloud forest where you can enjoy hiking and animal exhibits such as birds, butterflies, monkeys, snakes, wild cats and waterfalls with lunch included

Vacation Packages

At Eco Tours Costa Rica, our vacation packages are crafted to inspire, but we believe in flexibility. Explore our website for ready-to-go adventures, or let us tailor any package to fit your unique preferences and budget. Your dream vacation, your way—because personalized memories last a lifetime.

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Costa Rica Pura Vida

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the natural wonders and vibrant culture of Costa Rica. This carefully curated vacation package

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Exploring Costa Rica

This travel program offers a diverse array of experiences, from the vibrant canals of Tortuguero to the mystical cloud forests of Monteverde

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Throughout this package, you’ll experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica, from its rainforests and wildlife to its volcanoes and coastal landscapes.

One Day Tours

Explore the best of Costa Rica in a day with Eco Tours Costa Rica! Discover stunning landscapes, vibrant cultures, and thrilling adventures, all expertly curated for a memorable experience. Join us for a day of excitement, nature, and local charm!” To secure your spot on our exciting one-day tours, simply reach out via email to check availability. Upon confirmation, we’ll promptly send you the details along with a secure payment link. Ensure your Costa Rican adventure awaits by reserving your place with Eco Tours today.

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Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

Anytime is a good time but take into account that from December to April is our dry season o summer, but remember that this is our busiest time of the year. In the Caribbean side, the dry season is from July to October, keep in mind Costa Rica is a tropical country rain showers any time of the year, and it is cooler in the mountains than in the lowlands. Between May to November is our “green season”. The forest especially in the Pacific side changes a lot from dry to a more lush green forest due rain. We encourage you to visit between May to July, few rain showers and prices are lower and less people.

Why Costa Rica?

There are many reasons why people choose to visit Costa Rica! Here are just a few: Stunning natural beauty: Costa Rica is known for its incredible natural beauty, from its lush rainforests and pristine beaches to its active volcanoes and stunning waterfalls. Rich biodiversity: Costa Rica is home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species, including monkeys, toucans, sloths, and jaguars. Adventure activities: Whether you’re looking to go ziplining through the jungle, surfing on the Pacific coast, or whitewater rafting down a river, Costa Rica has plenty of adventure activities to offer. Sustainable tourism: Costa Rica is committed to sustainable tourism, which means that visitors can enjoy the country’s natural beauty while also supporting local communities and protecting the environment. Friendly people: Costa Ricans, also known as “Ticos,” are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. Visitors to Costa Rica often report feeling welcome and at home in this beautiful country. Overall, Costa Rica offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience, with something for every type of traveler.

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Eco-Sustainable Travel to Costa Rica

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Positive Impact? Yes!


  • International Flights : There are eco-friendly airlines out there, but even if you don’t fly on a sustainable carrier, you can still make a positive impact by purchasing carbon offset for your flight. 
  • Domestic Flights : If you plan to jet-set around Costa Rica, you can definitely go green. In 2007, one of the nation’s premier airlines, Sansa, became carbon-neutral. Through reforestation and other conservation initiatives, the company has offset its carbon footprint 100%
  • Private Drivers & Public Shuttles : Several private transportation companies and shared shuttles have also gone carbon-neutral. Travel stress-free and guilt-free in an air-conditioned shuttle, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 
  • Rental Cars : When taking the road less traveled, there’s nothing better than a rental car—except a carbon-neutral rental car, that is!

Tours & Activities

  • National Parks : Costa Rica has an extensive national park system that protects invaluable flora, fauna and environs. Most parks are just $10 to visit, and your tourism dollars make a big impact on keeping parks clean—and ecosystems protected. 
  • Private Refuges : Private reserves and wildlife refuges are often operated by independent organizations and private patrons. Some charge reasonable entrance fees while others ask merely for a voluntary contribution: either way, you’ll not only enjoy your visit, but will help fund ongoing sustainability and wildlife rescue programs. 
  • Tour Operators : Like hotels, Costa Rica’s tour companies are also ranked on a scale of one to five sustainability leaves. Whenever you can, choose the “leafiest” option. 
  • Rural Tourism : Even if you stick mostly to the tourist trail, you can still dip your toes into rural tourism. Choose tours that include a visit to an indigenous pottery village or chocolate plantation; make sugar cane juice with just oxen to help; or learn to ride like a Costa Rican cowboy. You’ll meet awesome people who will have a lasting impact on your memories of Costa Rica.

How to Travel Eco-Sustainably in Costa Rica: Tips for Being a Responsible Tourist

  • Informing themselves of the culture, politics, and economy of the communities they visit while traveling.
  • Anticipating and respecting local cultures, expectations, and assumptions in Costa Rica.
  • Supporting local cultures' integrity by favoring businesses that conserve cultural heritage and traditional values.
  • Supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and participating with small, local businesses.
  • Conserving resources by seeking out environmentally conscious businesses and using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources.
  • Removing their trash and recyclables, and finding the proper place to dispose of them. Most hotels offer recycling programs. 
  • Leaving nature where they find it. By law, Costa Rica prohibits the removal of natural elements such as shells and plants from national territory, so leaving it where it lives is the best policy. 
  • Eating locally whenever possible goes a long way. Choosing restaurants owned and staffed by Costa Ricans not only provides a more authentic experience but also helps the local economy. 
  • Volunteering when possible at local conservation projects, turtle nesting programs, and national parks.

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  • What are the things you hope never change about Costa Rica?
  • What do you think it is about Costa Rica that makes it so appealing?

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  • Is becoming Cancun or Barcelona inevitable of any successful tourism destination? If so can we slow it?
  • If you could implement a few things from best practices you’ve seen in other destinations, what would they be?

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica: The Ultimate Eco Travel Guide

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Things To Do In Costa Rica  

Where to stay in costa rica  , culture & food in costa rica  , costa rica travel tips  , fun facts about costa rica, stories about costa rica  .

Costa Rica has been ranked among the world’s best ecotourism destinations  on more than one occasion, and became the first country in the Americas to ban hunting in 2012. As a result, its biodiversity is virtually unparalleled.

The first European to explore Costa Rica was Christopher Columbus, who arrived in 1502. By the time he arrived, there were four indigenous tribes in Costa Rica– the Caribs, Borucas, Chibchas, and Diquís tribes.

Few of these indigenous peoples survived the dawn of Spanish colonialism, and African slaves were brought in to work the land.

Despite its colonial past, Costa Rica eventually managed to achieve a lasting democracy. Unique among its Central American neighbors, it’s a peaceful country with no army, excellent infrastructure, a high standard of living, and impressive conservation efforts.

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Costa Rica boasts  26 National Parks , 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas, 11 forest reserves, and 8 biological reserves.

Over 25% of the country’s 19,730 square miles is protected from future development.

Ecotourism in Costa Rica encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems, from cloud forests and rainforests to wetlands and coastal marine areas.

With so many different things to do in Costa Rica, it can be difficult to narrow them down. However, there are certain places that should be a must-see on every eco-traveler’s itinerary.

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1. Arenal Volcano National Park

One of the most active volcanoes in the world until 2010, the 5,480-foot  Arenal Volcano  dominates the landscape of northwestern Costa Rica. Located near the tiny town of La Fortuna, the volcano has been dormant for years. But the area remains a popular ecotourism destination thanks to Lake Arenal, La Fortuna Waterfall, and various hot springs. And of course the mountain still looms ominously over the verdant landscape, like a sleeping giant just waiting for the opportune moment to re-awaken.

2. Ballena Marine National Park

Ballena Marine National Park , one of the newest national parks in Costa Rica, is widely considered among the best places in the Americas for whale-watching. This is due to the fact that both Northern and Southern Humpback Whales migrate through this area. The park also offers 8.69 miles of beautiful beaches, a small estuary, and snorkeling Central America’s largest coral reef on the Pacific Ocean.

3. Caño Island

Located off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, Caño Island  became a biological reserve in 1978. Among the island’s towering evergreens, the Diquís tribe’s hand-carved stone spheres  have baffled archeologists for years. Caño Island is considered one of the world’s best Scuba diving spots: It’s surrounded by five platforms of coral reefs. Divers have the chance to see Eels, Lobsters, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and possibly Whales during winter.

4. Corcovado National Park

Described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth,” Corcovado National Park  is the largest in Costa Rica . Located on the Osa Peninsuala, it’s a haven for bird-watchers, hikers, and wildlife photographers. There are 13 different ecosystems here, with extensive trails through highland cloud forest, mangrove swamps, lowland rain forests, and sandy beaches. The biodiversity in Corcovado is remarkable, ranging from Monkeys and Sloths to rare species such as Jaguars and Baird’s Tapirs.

5. Manuel Antonio National Park

Ranked among the world’s most beautiful national parks by Forbes , Manuel Antonio  annually attracts around 150,000 visitors. They’re drawn by its beautiful beaches and hiking trails through primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, and lagoons. The park boasts 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals. The most frequently sighted are the Monkeys. But beware: They’ve become so habituated, they’re renowned for stealing food and other items!

6. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

When it comes to ecotourism in Costa Rica, Monteverde  ranks among the most beloved attractions. It’s easy to see why: With six different ecological zones, the reserve boasts extraordinary biodiversity. There are around 100 mammal species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, 400 bird species, and more than 2,500 plant species. It also has a Nature Center, bat jungle, butterfly gardens, frog pond, and many hiking trails, suspension bridges, and ziplines.

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7. Rincón de la Vieja

Located 17 miles north of Liberia,   Rincón de la Vieja National Park is named after its main attraction– a 6217-foot cinder volcano with nine craters. The Senduro Encantado hiking trail cuts through lowlands and into cloud forest, allowing visitors to spot abundant flora and fauna along the way. It also connects with the Pailas circuit trail, which passes sulphuric hot springs. Hikers can relax in the pools, which are naturally heated, before cooling off in the stream. For those in the mood for swimming, the Sendero Congreja trail leads to several cascading waterfalls and cool lagoons.


Long, hot days of ecotourism in Costa Rica can be exhausting. Sooth your aching bones in these naturally-heated thermal springs, which are surrounded by lushly landscaped gardens offering a picturesque view of Arenal Volcano. The strongest stream flows over a sculpted waterfall, providing a wonderfully intense hydraulic shoulder massage. There’s also an impressive spa here that offers professional massages and mud masks.

9. Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Located about 2 hours by car from San Jose, Tirimbina Biological Reserve  is one of the most educational experiences of ecotourism in Costa Rica. It’s got a prime location in Sarapiquí, between the forests and rivers of Costa Rica’s northern region. With nearly six miles of trails, there are opportunities for hiking through cacao plantations, wetlands, and secondary forests. There are also numerous guided tours available, offering visitors a chance to learn more about bats, birds, frogs, and chocolate.

10. Tortugero National Park

Located on the Caribbean coast, this pristine 77,000-acre protected area is a poster child for Costa Rica’s ecotourism efforts. Accessible only by boat or plane, Tortugero National Park   boasts 11 different habitats within its boundaries. The best way to explore it is by boat, due to the dense network of creeks and lagoons. Tortuguero is famous for its sea turtle nesting beaches. With a hired guide, you can visit the beaches at night, which is the best time to see Green, Hawksbill, Leatherbacks, and Loggerhead turtles laying their eggs.

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 Where To Stay In Costa Rica 

The numbers next to the hotels correspond to the attractions on the list above.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort  (La Fortuna #1,#8)

This family-friendly resort in La Fortuna offers a full-service spa, relaxing hot springs on-site, and tour packages to nearby attractions such as Arenal Volcano and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The resort participates in the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.  Check Rates

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Leaves and Lizards Retreat  (Arenal Volcano #1, #8)

This rustic retreat offers stunning panoramic views of Arenal and the surrounding mountains. Choose from cozy cabins, spacious villas, and the one-of-a-kind Hobbit House, all of which feature quaint, eco-friendly decor. The property is a working farm, with horseback riding, yoga, and a farm-to-table restaurant on-site.  Check Rates

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Kurá Design Villas  (Uvita #2, #5)

Located high in the hills above Uvita, this posh boutique hotel offers a blend of upscale design, traditional cultural influences, and a wealth of sustainability initiatives. There’s an excellent restaurant on-site, and a gorgeous L-shaped infinity pool affording exceptional views of Ballena Marine National Park.  Check Rates    READ MORE: Review of Kura Design Villas

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge   (Osa Peninsula #3, #4)

With no roads, no airport, and the nearest town two hours away, Corcovado National Park is REALLY “away from it all.” Located on its border, this eco-lodge is as close as you can get to Corcovado without sleeping in a tent. It’s also one of the few hotels awarded “Five Leaves” for sustainability by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.  Check Rates   READ MORE: Review of Casa Corcovado

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Hotel Belmar   (Monteverde #6)

A pioneer of ecotourism in Monteverde, Hotel Belmar was the second hotel ever built in the cloud forest. Recent renovations marked a major upgrade, with sustainability initiatives earning 5-Leaf recognition from CRTI. Their Chalet rooms put guests in the heart of the forest, with a spa, farm-to-table food, and nature hikes making the hotel a Monteverde must-see.  Check Rates

Tango Mar (Tambor #7)

Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, this beachfront boutique hotel offers a remote romantic getaway that mixes nature and luxury in equal measure. Amenities include restaurant, spa, several pools, and an uncrowded, picturesque beach. Families can rent out their spacious villas, which offer stunning views of the Pacific’s crashing waves.  Check Rates

La Quinta Country Inn Sarapiqui

Located on 10 acres near Tirimbina Biological Reserve, this rustic eco-lodge is a nature-lover’s haven. Their spacious, thatched-roof bungalows all have porches with hammocks and rocking chairs. Walking trails lead to ponds, a butterfly garden, and a frog habitat. Massages and local tours are also available.  Check Rates

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Mawamba Lodge  (Tortuguero #10)

Nestled between the Caribbean and canals of Tortuguero National Park, Mawamba is where the idea for GGT was born. There are no roads, and the river feels like a mini-Amazon. From boat rides through wildlife-rich canals to nighttime hikes to see nesting Sea Turtles, it’s a perfect place to see how ecotourism and conservation connect.  Check Rates

Hotel Parque del Lago  (San Jose)

Located 20 minutes from the airport, this boutique hotel makes a great base for exploring San Jose. They’ve earned a 3-Leaf rating for sustainability, and the ICONOS Restaurant was among our favorite in Costa Rica. Best of all, it’s next to the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, the city’s “Central Park”– 72-acre urban forest with a lake.  Check Rates

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 Culture & Food In Costa Rica 

Costa rica food & restaurants.

Costa Rican food shares similarities with other types of Latin American cuisine. But the inclusion of ample exotic fruits and fresh vegetables makes it a little healthier.

The increasing number of tourists visiting Costa Rica’s larger cities has resulted in a greater variety of restaurants, from Japanese sushi bars to Italian cafés. Still, there are plenty of traditional dishes on offer.

Costa Rican food tends to be mild, with rice and black beans forming the basis for most dishes.

Casado is a traditional lunch dish and the most common meal in Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans, served with a choice of meat and grilled onions.

Another popular traditional dish is Ceviche , which consists of raw fish and seafood, marinated in lemon juice and herbs.

Costa Rica Arts & Culture

Over recent years, artists in Costa Rica have become bolder and braver, taking more risks in their work. Escazú, in the province of San José, is home to many contemporary artists.

In 1991 the Centre for Creative Arts, which runs various courses and offers studio space for artists, opened in Santa Ana.

Costa Rica has no army. But it does boast a National Symphony Orchestra, a Youth Symphony Orchestra, and two government-funded universities with respected music programs.

As a result, the country has produced many contemporary classical composers, including Alejandro Cardona, Bernal Flores, Benjamín Gutiérrez and Luis Diego Herra.

While the country’s most popular musical forms– calypso, disco, pop, salsa, and merengue– were all imported, there has been a resurgence of interest in the nation’s pre-Columbian folk traditions.

Local bands such as Gandhi and Evolución emerged as part of the Rock en Español movement, while Malpaís has had great success mixing Costa Rican folk with rock and jazz influences.

Costa Rica Recreation

Soccer is the national sport of Costa Rica, and a beloved community activity. Casual pick-up games happen so often that visitors are likely to get the chance to join in, if they know where to look.

Games often take place in public parks in small towns and cities.

Ecotourism in Costa Rica is world-renowned for good reason. There are plenty of adventurous outdoor activities to choose from.

Hiking trails cross the national parks, allowing visitors to hike through numerous different ecosystems in one day. Whitewater rafting on the Rio Pacuare is also a popular pastime.

Watersports can be enjoyed all along the coast of Costa Rica. Kayaking is a great way to explore the rivers and mangrove estuaries, and sea kayaking has become increasingly popular.

Underwater visibility in some areas is murky at best. But excellent Scuba diving opportunities can be found off Caño Island, the Catalina Islands, and Cocos Island.

 Fun Facts About Costa Rica 

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3 Fantastic Costa Rica Photo Opportunities

  • La Selva Biological Station is a birdwatchers paradise with over 400 species, including hummingbirds and tanagers.
  • Head for the hills above Uvita at low tide to get a stunning photo of the Whale Tail-shaped sandbar at Ballena Marine National Park.
  • Tenorio National Park’s Celeste River is a brilliant turquoise color due to a chemical reaction caused by volcanic minerals.

Stone Spheres of Costa Rica, Finca 6 Archeological Site

Only in Costa Rica

• “Pura Vida” is Costa Rica’s unofficial slogan. Used often by locals to summarize their happy philosophy, it means “pure life.”

• Costa Rica is home to the biggest oxcart and yoke in the world, which is currently on display at the Oxcart Factory in Sarchi.

• The hand-carved stone spheres of Costa Rica are one of the country’s biggest mysteries. Nobody is quite sure of their original purpose.

• Locals refer to themselves as “Ticos” (male) and “Ticas” (female).

Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Fun Facts

  • Costa Rica is home to over 52 different species of hummingbird.
  • Costa Ricans have a life expectancy of 79 years, which is ranks as one of the highest in the world.
  • There are over 100 protected areas in Costa Rica, including both land and marine reserves.
  • Tree frogs account for about one-third of the frog population in the country.

Cute Coati at Monteverde, Costa Rica

 Costa Rica Travel Tips 

Capital: San José

Language: Spanish (official); English

Population: 4,755,234 (est 2014)

Area: 51,100 square km (19,730 square miles)

Currency: Costa Rican colón

Timezone: CST UTC/GMT – 6 hours

Calling codes: +506

Electrical voltage: 120V/60hz. You don’t need a power plug adapter in Costa Rica, when living in the United States of America.

In Costa Rica the power sockets are of type A (2 holes) and B (3 holes).

Climate: The climate of Costa Rica is tropical, but many different microclimates exist. The average temperature is 70 to 81 F (21 to 27 C) and rainy season is May – November

Airports: Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria (San José) is the main airport. Domestic flights go from San José to Bahía Drake, Barra del Colorado, Golfito, Liberia, Palmar Sur, Playa Nosara, Playa Sámara/Carrillo, Playa Tamarindo, Puerto Jiménez, Quepos, Tambor and Tortuguero.

Tap water in urban areas is usually safe to drink. However, be cautious in rural areas with questionable water sources.

Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of medical care in the world. Its doctors are known as some of the best.


Some Costa Rican roads are rough, so short distances can take a long time. If you see something poking out of the road, there’s probably a deep sinkhole. Stay away from it . Don’t drive at night if you can avoid it.

Taxi rates are reasonable, and most hotels can arrange a driver. The meter is called la maria:  Ask the driver to turn it on immediately upon getting in the car to ensure fair pricing for your ride.

Money exchange is provided at most banks, but state banks such as Banco Nacional have lower rates. Always insist that your change be in small bills, as large bills are difficult to change in small towns.


Tipping tour guides, drivers, and maids is always appreciated. Restaurant bills often include a 10% gratuity, but you can leave an extra tip for good service.

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40 Amazing Costa Rican Animals

Costa Rica is a wildlife-lover’s dream come true. This epic photo gallery should give you a taste of why we keep going back to see Costa Rica’s animals over and over again.    Read More

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Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero is a nature lover’s paradise, with nighttime tours in search of sea turtles   coming on the beach to nest producing spectacular views of star-lit skies.   Read More

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Corcovado National Park

My Stupid Mistake in Corcovado National Park Costa Rica. How one lame-brained decision nearly sent me to the hospital in the remote Osa Peninsula.   Read More

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Scuba Diving Caño Island

Caño Island boasts some of the planet’s healthiest coral reefs, and provides birthing and mating waters for humpback whales. In terms of mainland   Costa Rica scuba diving, its bounty of blessings is unparalleled.   Read More

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Corcovado National Park: A Journey Into Remote Costa Rica

A story about leaving the city, heading into wilderness & finding yourself in the process.   Read More

The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

The Mystery of the Stone Spheres of Costa Rica: Visiting Finca 6 Archaeological Site in the Diquís Delta of Costa Rica.   Read More

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Kurá Design Villas  (Uvita) –  Located high in the hills above Uvita, this posh boutique hotel offers upscale design, traditional cultural influences, and a wealth of sustainability initiatives. There’s an excellent restaurant on-site, and a gorgeous L-shaped infinity pool affording exceptional views of Ballena Marine National Park.    READ MORE: Our Review of Kura Design Villas

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Experience a breathtaking journey of discovery in Costa Rica

Welcome to a journey beyond the ordinary, where curiosity becomes the engine of discovery! Hi I’m Arturo Herrera, your special tour guide! Let’s Discover together the magic of the wilderness through, Night tours, Birdwatching tours, Natural history tours and Private photography tours in Tortuguero area which is the place where I live! Join the community of passionate travelers who value not only the places but the stories that make them extraordinary. My mission is to open doors to unforgettable experiences, connecting hearts with fascinating destinations. You’ll find a universe of adventures waiting to be explored. 

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Sloths and Treehouses

Visit the South Caribbean coast to see sloths in rehabilitation and overnight in a rainforest treehouse. Venture to Tortuguero to explore the jungle canals and see sloths in their natural habitat. Finally, head to the Arenal Volcano region to stay in a luxurious rainforest casita with a family of sloths living right on the property!

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Getaway from the busy world on this nature-focused vacation on the Osa Peninsula. Surround yourself with monkeys leaping from tree to tree, scarlet macaws flying overhead and dolphins playing in warm turquoise waters.

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Set out on the path of plentiful sloth and wildlife encounters on this spectacular sloth safari in search of one of Costa Rica’s most beloved creatures!

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Our Costa Rica Highlights vacation package includes all the must-see destinations and tours you don’t want to miss!

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Our Wildlife Safari vacation package takes you to some of the most remote eco loges on the Osa Peninsula, a rainforest region teeming with wildlife.

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Costa Rica Birding North

Costa Rica Birding North

Bird to your heart’s delight and make some real progress on your birding bucket list in a variety of habitats at different times of the day. You’ll also get an up-close look at tropical birds’ habits and quirks from day to day and get unique insights from local naturalist guides!

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Central Valley, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano, Poas Volcano, Tortuguero National Park

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Costa Rica Birding South

Costa Rica Birding South

Explore some of the most biologically intense regions on earth looking for unique exotic southern bird species in a variety of ecosystems and times of the day with a local naturalist!

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica: the Ultimate Eco Travel Guide

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¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica is the perfect destination for ecotourism:  ethical tourism designed to respect and protect threatened natural areas and wildlife. Twenty-five percent of the country is a protected with over 32 beautiful national parks within just 19,730 sq. miles. Four percent of all species on Earth live within Costa Rica’s lush, verdant landscape.

Ecotourism in Costa Rica is quickly growing in popularity, making it easier than ever to find your perfect tour. But how do you differentiate between ethical eco-friendly experiences and others that aren’t so earnest? If you’re headed to the tropical biodiverse land of sloths and macaws and are considering booking a tour, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know (and more).

Authentic ecotourism will prioritize people, planet, and wildlife. Fortunately, Ticos have a deep respect for Tierra Madre (Mother Nature) and support the nationwide efforts to make the country more sustainable. I was fortunate enough to spend two months in Costa Rica and fill my days with sustainable —and unforgettable— travel experiences. Here’s what I learned.

Ecotourism in Costa Rica is small (but packs a lot of adventure)

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According to The Costa Rican Tourism Institute , nearly half of all international visitors participate in ecotourism. Ecotourism tours in Costa Rica usually focus on prolific wildlife observation, epic adventures in the great outdoors, or a mix of the two. Before you’re ready to book a tour, decide which areas of Costa Rica you’d like to explore and determine the wildlife you’d be thrilled to encounter.

As a rough guide, ecotours in Costa Rica usually are in these geographical areas:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

For canopy walks in Monteverde Cloud Forest and encounters with 52 different types of hummingbirds.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Sloth in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio is a hotbed for many of Costa Rica’s more than 500,000 species, including elusive Costa Rican sloths, colorful tree frogs, and beautiful-yet-deadly eyelash vipers, making it the idea spot for ecotourism.

Uvita, Costa Rica

Whale spotting in Uvita, Costa Rica.

Head to Uvita , Costa Rica for surfing, spotting sloths, seasonal whale watching, and gorgeous rainforest mountain treks.

The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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The Osa Peninsula where the tropical rainforest contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity on less than one-millionth of the planet’s surface. You may even see jaguars in Corcovado National Park and will very likely see macaws.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

View of Arenal volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Hop over to La Fortuna for vistas of one of Costa Rica’s active Volcanoes : Arenal Volcano , plus endless opportunities for canyoning, rappelling down waterfalls, and soaks in natural hot springs.

Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

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Tortuguero National Park has a 77,000-acre protected area and is the place to go for the best of ethical animal volunteer vacations , including seasonal sightings of sea turtles laying eggs and hatching.

How to identify a reputable ecotourism tour provider in Costa Rica:

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The Costa Rica Tourism Board created the Certificate for Sustainable Tourism to evaluate businesses in the travel sector regarding sustainable practices concerning the environmental, social, and economic policies of the company. Many reputable tour operators in the country have received the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism , but don’t rule out a company just because they haven’t yet been recognized.

Sadly, Impact Travel Alliance reports that greenwashing has led to sustainable places undergoing green hushing, which is described as the “deliberate under communication of sustainable initiatives.” Greenwashing has made eco-friendly businesses wary of backlash due to potential skepticism. Booking ecotourism tours in Costa Rica can be a bit challenging.

During my two months exploring Costa Rica, I booked ecotourism experiences with Desafio Adventure Company and Tucanes Tours . I also went on many eco-conscious tours offered by the eco-resorts where I stayed including Finca Rosa Blanca , Cala Luna , Rancho Margot , and The Retreat .

Greenwashing is minimally regulated, so responsible travelers will have to do their research and watch for red flags, such as phony jargon and slick advertising meant to fool the consumer.

Red flags to keep an eye out for when researching potential ecotourism tours in Costa Rica:

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●      Are there photos of people holding or feeding wildlife? If so, this is not genuine ecotourism as travelers should never interact with wildlife.

●      Are there photos of animals in cages? Sadly, Costa Rica has very few genuine conservation projects for ill or injured wildlife, so it’s best to avoid any place with animals in captivity.

●      Does the website or staff have readily available details on the tour’s eco efforts? If you’re noticing a lot of buzzwords but no concrete information as to why the tour is eco, then it probably isn’t.

●      Do the staff get annoyed if you ask a lot of questions? It’s your right to get the full picture of the extent of what makes the tour eco.

Some questions to ask when booking ecotourism tours in Costa Rica:

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●      Are the majority of employees local, even in upper management positions?

●      What sort of training or licenses do the tour guides and operators have?

●      How does the tour operator minimize its plastic waste?

●      Do they guarantee animal sightings? This should never be done as we can’t promise when wild animals will come out and say hello.

●      If you’re going on a multi-day experience, what kind of accommodations are you staying in? Costa Rica has so many eco-friendly hotels and local guesthouses and true ecotours will support these like-minded businesses.

Going on an ecotourism tour in Costa Rica is sure to be a memorable experience. Eco tours focus on local culture and people and ensure your money goes to businesses that support animal conservation and preservation of nature. By supporting conservation efforts, you’ll be a part of the ongoing efforts to preserve the phenomenal nature and animal kingdom in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica is a lush country where nature is on display in all its splendor thanks to extraordinary biodiversity. This product is based on studying and observing salient features of nature, and ecological, geological and other processes, such as bird watching, observation of flora and fauna, volcanoes, hiking, trails and national parks.

The territory is divided into 29 national parks, 19 wildlife refuges, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate lovers of ecotourism activities. Excursion offerings and tours are varied, including: horseback riding, hiking mountain trails, guided tours for bird watching, forests, landscapes and natural heritage sites, as well as aerial trams, lakes and rivers full of flora and fauna.

This tourism product not only aims to provide beautiful natural experiences for tourists, but also to educate visitors about the importance of protecting natural resources.

Lowland Rivers

The country's forests seem sometimes as the equivalent to a cathedral; with its giant trees that resemble columns, and their canopies that are home to a collection of vegetation more complex than the paintings of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

It seems that mother nature works extra hours in the tropics, and therefore the diversity of forests has been classified by biologists in a dozen different life zones.

A trip down one of Costa Rica's lowland rivers, either in a small boat or rubber raft, can be an excellent way to observe some of the country’s extraordinary wildlife. The trees lining most riverbanks may hold lounging iguanas, troops of monkeys and such birds as ospreys, anhingas, colorful kingfishers, several species of herons and tiny mangrove swallows. Boat trips are offered on lowland rivers such as the Sarapiqui, San Carlos and Frio Rivers, in the Northern Zone, and the Tempisque, Bebedero and Corobici Rivers, in the Northwest. Copious rainfall has endowed Costa Rica with an abundance of rivers, but surprisingly, there are very few lakes. Nearly all the country’s rivers begin in the mountains, where many are frothy white water routes perfect for rafting and kayaking.

Once those rivers flow into the lowlands, however, they become languid waterways, many of which are lined with verdant walls of vegetation. Those lowland rivers are excellent routes for small boat trips, which allow passengers to observe some of the local flora and fauna.

The seasonal lake of Cano Negro is also an excellent spot for wildlife watching, whereas larger Arenal Lake is a popular windsurfing spot.

Caribbean Canals

The most popular lowland waterway trip heads up the Caribbean Canals, which run along the Atlantic coast north from the port of Moin to the communities of Parismina, Tortuguero, and Barra del Colorado. Most travelers go to Tortuguero National Park, which protects an important sea turtle nesting beach and vast expanses of lowland rainforest and swampy Raffia palm forests.

A trip down any stretch of the canals is a true jungle adventure, offering opportunities to spot such animals as crocodiles, three-toed sloths, oropendolas and boat-billed herons. They also offer world-class tarpon, snook fishing (and other species).

Arenal Lake

Actually the reservoir for the country's most important hydroelectric project, Arenal Lake is a vast body of water surrounded by rolling hills that hold pastures and patches of forest. Towering over the lake’s eastern end is the conical shape of the Arenal Volcano, which regularly erupts spewing streams of lava and great clouds of ash.

Though the scenery impresses everyone driving around the lake, Arenal is especially popular among fishermen and windsurfers. The guapote, or rainbow bass, a feisty fish that thrives in the lake’s waters, draws the anglers there. The windsurfers gather at the western end of Arenal Lake, where there are strong and consistent winds making it one of the world’s premier windsurfing spots.

Caño Negro, a shallow, seasonal lake near the country's northern border, is a bird watchers paradise during the second half of the year, when great flocks of ducks, herons and other waterfowl gather there. Caño Negro has been designated a wetland of international importance under the RAMSAR convention. Most of Caño Negro’s current maps misrepresent what the actual are is like, since they show the lake’s extension it has at the height of the rainy season.

Once the rains die down in December, the lake rapidly shrinks, and by February it disappears completely, and most of the waterfowl has moved onto Frio River - the river that Caño Negro drains into. The Frio River trip, the most common way of reaching Caño Negro, is therefore more interesting when visiting the lake.

Costa Rica's Protected Areas

Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it makes up about 5% of the earth's biodiversity. Fortunately, this natural treasure is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, preserving a total of 25% of the national territory.

Visitors can enjoy the country's majestic volcanoes, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, tropical dry, wet, and rain forests, as well as exhilarating jungle landscapes, all without traveling long distances.

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to visit our natural wonders.

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica: 10 Ways to Experience it

Thanks to its efforts in ecotourism in Costa Rica, it has become the ideal destination to experience sustainable tourism.

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When it comes to traveling sustainably, travelers often think about the obvious tropes of green travel, such as traveling in eco-friendly vehicles and avoiding the use of plastic water bottles. But there are more ways to reduce a carbon footprint and become a responsible traveler. Welcome to  Costa Rica , home to the world’s most enthusiastic tree planters and one of the first countries in the world to promote responsible travel. Costa Rica knew about eco-tourism even before it was cool, so take notes! This country is serious about its efforts for sustainability.

Eco-tourism in Costa Rica doesn't just mean staying in eco-lodges and taking nature walks in its conservation areas, but also supporting local farmers growing indigenous plants or whale watching through tour operators that support marine conservation. While the rest of the world looks for ways to undo the damage it has done to the environment, this Central American destination is already ten steps ahead.

En route to becoming the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, this vibrant destination with a flourishing democracy utilizes eco-tourism to supercharge its economy. If you’re out to experience eco-tourism while on a trip to Costa Rica , you’re in for a treat — there are so many ways to travel sustainably in this gorgeous slice of Central American paradise! Listed here are ten of our favorites.

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Eco-tours in Costa Rica are not complete without staying at any of the brilliant eco-lodges. Costa Rica awards accommodations that excel in sustainability and eco-friendliness, promoting healthy competition between local businesses. For the ultimate in sustainable travel, a plethora of eco-lodges are available for anyone looking for a much needed digital detox, from roughing it up to living lux. Costa Rica’s Central Valley features a varied array of rainforest hotels that are cut off from the rest of the world (that’s right, no Wi-Fi or electricity).

If there’s one thing Costa Rica has proven, it’s that sustainability shouldn’t come in the way of providing an upscale experience. Pacuare Lodge, declared one of the world’s best eco-lodges by NatGeo, lies nestled on the banks of Pacuare River and offers luxurious amenities, cultural encounters, rich wildlife, and well-appointed accommodations.

Check out our list of the Best Eco-Lodges in Costa Rica . 


Among all the eco-tourism activities in Costa Rica, a tour around Costa Rica’s organic farms is still the best way to not only enjoy local fare but learn about how the nation produces its fresh ingredients. Local farms provide a chance to learn about organic farming and make visitors think twice about where their food comes from.  Head to Corsa Lecheria, 50 minutes from San Jose, for a tour that will have you walking through cloud forests and vibrant strawberry fields. Via a tractor ride, you’ll be milking cows, tasting various cheeses at a cheese factory, and hauling organic ingredients. Many eco-lodges also have their own organic farms where guests can volunteer. Perfect for adventurers who want to learn more about local farming while tasting their way through it!

Take a tour to El Trapiche Sugar Mill and explore the plantations in Monteverde. 


Eco tourism in Costa Rica zipline

While the rest of Latin America is suffering from marked deforestation, Costa Rica has been working very hard during recent years to sustain and increase its forest cover. The nation’s environmental services payment program established in 1997 has one basic essence: if you leave the forest on your property untouched, the country will pay you — an indication of how ecotourism in Costa Rica is of prime importance.

Zip lining is one of the best ways to experience the country’s lush and thriving forests. Fly from platform to platform while spying on birds, waterfalls, and an impressive array of flora. It isn’t hard to find a hotel or lodge with zip line activities available on-site!

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Eco tourism in Costa Rica - go whale watching

Humpback whales are a popular sight in Costa Rican waters between mid-July to late October and mid-December through late February. Uvita, a small village in Costa Rica, holds a Whale Festival every year to commemorate these mammoth ocean wonders. Tour operators who host whale watching activities must employ 64 practices for responsible whale watching in order to get awarded stars by the Keto Foundation, a non-profit working for marine conservation in Costa Rica.


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Most of Costa Rica's spas are powered by their natural resources, offering you picturesque views while you're enjoying a warm dip. With such a prime focus on sustainability, you can expect natural spa ingredients to be the main focus of your pampering experience. The spa at Tabacon Resorts harnesses the power of the nearby Arenal Volcano, while the Onda Spa at the Andaz Papagayo Resort offers nine spa rooms all tucked away in a forest canopy.


Eco tourism in Costa Rica Food

Before we get into the country’s physical beauty, let’s talk about its culinary delights. Family-owned small restaurants are easy to find and are great places to sample local food. Costa Rican food is fresh and pleases the senses — think comfort food with a dash of Latin flair. Eating local means using less carbon emissions to transport the goods, thus reducing its "food miles".  Beans, rice, potatoes, pork and beef are commonplace in Costa Rican cuisine. Try a traditional casado , a Costa Rican meal of rice, meat, fried plantains, beans and often much more. Or try gallo pinto , a dish of beans, rice, onions, cilantro and red pepper. Or, order an ice cold beer with a cup of chifrijo , a bowl of rice and beans with pico de gallo, avocado, chimichurri, lime and pork meat. Don’t forget to visit Mercado Central in San Jose for over 200 vendors selling local food!


Eco tourism in Costa Rica Arenal volcano

Costa Rica has over 60 volcanos but only six of them are active. With a unique environment created by changes in altitude, areas around volcanoes are a breeding ground for rich biodiversity that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. Visit some of the most popular volcanos in Costa Rica like  Arenal Volcano , towers over a lush landscape that’s perfect for adventure touring. Paos Volcano in the Central Valley is one of the world’s biggest active volcanoes and also features one of the world’s most acidic lakes. Bubbling mud pools and hot springs surround the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano , attracting scientists and tourists alike. 

Visit the Arenal Volcano, take a  Costa Rica Family Vacations tours  or hike through Rincon de la Vieja national park. 


Eco tourism in Costa Rica hiking

Around 30% of the total land area in Costa Rica is protected, making the country a prime destination for hikers who want to experience the best of Costa Rica's rainforest. There are many good trails to go hiking in Costa Rica . A variety of wildlife refuges and national parks offer mountain treks for all skill levels. Both newbies and seasoned hikers will enjoy varied landscapes, from lush forest regions to challenging volcanic trails. If you’re new to hiking, signing up for a guided hike is the best way to learn about the environment while going at a comfortable pace.


Ecotourism in Costa Rica coffee tour

Coffee lovers, listen up! Costa Rica isn't Costa Rica without its highly heralded Arabica beans. The country is serious about coffee and as one of its biggest exports, only the highest quality Arabica beans must be produced—by law! Many coffee farms utilize natural compost and solar energy and a variety of tours are available that support organic farming and fair trade. Such tours w ill have you touring roasteries and plantations while sampling only the finest coffee. Visit the Doca Estate to explore the oldest roasting factory in Costa Rica and learn more about coffee production, or just stop by a roadside coffee shop to experience the difference in quality. If you’re a coffee aficionado, Costa Rica will not disappoint.

Alternately, visit Heredia near San Jose  or explore and try famous coffees.


Ecotourism in Costa Rica chocolate tour

Costa Rica’s love for coffee is first, but their passion for Cacao comes second. Frequently grown alongside their coffee beans, the nation’s longstanding love for chocolate is evident in their flourishing plantations. Cacao tours will have you learning about Costa Rica’s ancient chocolate history while enjoying a sample of both raw cacao beans and the delicious final product.

Caribbeans coffee and chocolate is a family-owned business in Puerto Viejo that puts a premium on the environment and the community around it. Employing members of local indigenous tribes supports the local economy — a great way to promote eco-tourism in Costa Rica. Tours here will have you learning about the history, growth, and creation of chocolate in the country.

Whether you’re zipping across rainforests, wading through mangroves, prancing along white powder beaches, or charging down a raging river, one thing is for sure — experiencing eco-tourism in Costa Rica means greener travel that gives back to the community and to Mother Earth.  

For more tips on how you can make your travel more eco-friendly, check out our travel guide on  10 Awesome Ways You Can Travel Eco-Friendly .

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  • Manuel Antonio
  • Puerto Jimenez
  • Bird & Wildlife Viewing in over 8 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves

Cloudforest Canopy Tour

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Flatwater Wildlife Float Trips
  • Sloth Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day-Hiking, Hot Springs
  • Night Hikes for Nocturnal Animals
  • Sea-Kayaking with Dolphins
  • Snorkeling at Night in the Bioluminescence (conditions permitting)
  • Expert Naturalist Guides
  • Breathtaking Rainforest Lodges

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Cahuita - Nocturnal hike
  • DAY 2 Cahuita National Park, Sloth Rescue Center
  • DAY 3 Sarapiqui - La Selva Biological Preserve
  • DAY 4 Sarapiqui River Rafting *
  • DAY 5 Arenal - Volcano, Hot Springs
  • DAY 6 Monteverde Cloudforest
  • DAY 7 Monteverde Canopy Tour, Ecological Farm
  • DAY 8 Carara, Manuel Antonio
  • DAY 9 Manuel Antonio National Park
  • DAY 10 Puerto Jimenez - Sunset Sea-Kayak, Snorkel in Bioluminescence
  • DAY 11 Corcovado
  • DAY 12 Corcovado National Park
  • DAY 13 Corcovado, Dominical
  • DAY 14 San Jose

More Value! Compare our Itineraries!

Compare Wild Planet Adventures award-winning Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife to any other adventure travel company offering trips in Costa Rica. We include more destinations. More activities. More park admissions. All meals. We create special activities so you see more wildlife, for longer periods, at closer range. Our high-end biologist and naturalist guides accompany you throughout the entire tour and run our exclusive activities. There is no fine print indicating "free days" requiring you to pay more money for activities. We do not have lodges run our tours (lodge-run tours are more commercial because they visit the same places every day, often with large groups. With a captive audience they have no need to hire high-end guides with the depth of wildlife expertise offered by Wild Planet's high-end biologist and naturalist guides.)

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  • More value than any other professional wildlife tour, including over 8 paid admissions to national parks, wildlife refuges, private wildlife reserves, and adventure activities such as canopy tours and hot springs.
  • Expert Local Naturalist Guides Even biologists in some places.
  • Breathtaking Rainforest Lodges Each specially chosen for the unique access they offer to our unique wildlife destinations, as well as their distinct level of comfort. Many have been featured in top magazines and guidebooks for excelling in quality and comfort.
  • Specifically designed to optimize the chances of seeing more wildlife by visiting a variety of different eco-systems, with no commercial "filler" activities.

Detailed Itinerary

DAYS 1-3 Cahuita National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch Highlights: Jungle Beach, Canoeing on Virgin Wetlands, Rainforest Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary, Bird and Wildlife Watching.

Wildlife: sloths, white-faced monkeys, anteaters, otters, caiman, morpho butterflies, poison-arrow frogs, and over 300 species of exotic tropical birds.

Start your adventure   with a visit to Toucan Rescue Ranch wildlife rescue center, a beautiful sanctuary for rescued sloths and other wildlife. On your tour you may have an opportunity to witness the feeding of the baby sloths!  This sloth rescue experience is far superior to the Sloth Sanctuary on the Caribbean coast, which we included in our itinerary for many years but is now servicing a huge cruise ship clientele and no longer offers the opportunity for a more personal and intimate experience with the sloths. We learned about the Toucan Rescue’s sloth program through the sloth veterinarian at the Sloth Sanctuary, who is also the veterinarian for the sloths at Toucan Rescue. We’ve been thrilled to discover that Toucan Rescue offers exactly the same quality of intimate sloth program that the Sloth Sanctuary used to offer in the past. You will love their sloths!

Upon arrival we’ll have some free time to relax from our journey and explore the grounds of our lodge. After dinner, we may embark on a short night hike looking for kinkajou, sleeping monkeys and sloths, caiman and other nocturnal animals such as red-eyed tree frogs or poison-arrow frogs. Then canoe in a private wildlife refuge through virgin wetlands where rainforest canals (similar to Tortuguero, but without the crowds!) are habitat for exotic colorful birds such as the purple gallinule, boat-billed heron and northern jacana.    

In the afternoon, we'll hike in Cahuita National Park, a crowd-free rainforest beach teeming with monkeys, sloths, toucans and more. We'll usually see 5-12 troops of monkeys of 2 species (with 3-30 individuals in each troop) as well as 5-20 sloths of 2 species, and a wide variety of other wildlife common to the Caribbean lowlands. This easy-paced hike ends with relaxing on the beach before heading into Cahuita for a fresh-caught seafood dinner at one of the most acclaimed restaurants on the Caribbean coast.

DAYS 3-4 La Selva Biological Reserve, Sarapiqui River Highlights: Whitewater rafting, flat-water wildlife expedition on a rainforest river, hiking in a biological station with biologists studying the rainforest.

Wildlife: Extreme biodiversity including 400 species of birds, rare rainforest frogs, river otter, agouti, coati, monkeys, anteaters, and more.

The Sarapiqui is one of the highlights of every paddler's "dream trip." Passing directly through La Selva Biological Reserve, the river is surrounded by old-growth rainforest and exotic birds. The next day we'll run the Puerto Viejo River, a remote river that rarely sees any humans besides us!

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Choose from rafts or inflatable kayaks for both whitewater and flat-water segments. More boats spread out along a wider stretch the river exposes us to more wildlife habitat, which means we see more wildlife! And in the flat-water sections we can stop, get out of our rafts and observe wildlife for a more intimate experience of the rainforest and wildlife than any other conventional tour.

DAY 5 Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, Wildlife Interaction In the morning we visit Mirador el Silencio, a Wildlife Reserve located 12 km from the center of La Fortuna and only 5 km from the Arenal Volcano National Park. The Reserve comprises 225 hectares of protected land that cover more than 100 hectares of primary forest. There are some particularly interesting animals that can sometimes be seen here, due to the uniqueness of the eco-system. Sightings have included oncilla, grison, peccary, coati, armadillo, paca, 3 species of monkeys and 2 species of sloth, as well as many birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Later, we'll enjoy soaking in a spectacular hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano, with spectacular views of the volcano, right from our lodge!

DAYS 6-8 Monteverde Cloud Forest Highlights: Cloud forest, Canopy Tour, Naturalist-guided Hiking and Birding.

Wildlife: Resplendent quetzals, trogons, rare hummingbirds and hundreds of birds unique to the cloud forest. Howler monkeys and other small mammals.

The bio-diversity and exuberance of life in the cloudforest is a result of clouds drifting in and dripping constant moisture on the dense canopy tops. A naturalist guide points out a stunning array of plant and birdlife, perhaps even the endangered resplendent quetzal. Later, a series of suspended bridges and platforms offers an unforgettable glimpse of life high amongst the canopy and the transcendent sensation of walking amongst the clouds.

EVE 8 Carara National Park Highlights: Evening scarlet macaw migration, rare wildlife, giant exotic hardwoods.

Wildlife: Crocodiles, scarlet macaws, anteater, ocelot, peccaries, white-faced and spider monkeys, poison-arrow frog.

An old growth forest of striking complexity and density, Carara's giant trees include 10 of the rarest hardwoods in Costa Rica. The unique combination of ecosystems is habitat for many rare and endangered animals, including one of the largest populations of scarlet macaws in the country, which migrate twice daily from the inland rainforest to the coastal mangrove swamps.

DAYS 9-10 Manuel Antonio National Park Highlights: Spectacular world-class beaches.

Wildlife: White-faced and squirrel monkeys right on the beach!

The most popular national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio offers dense rainforests spilling down onto brilliant white sand beaches populated with friendly white-faced and squirrel monkeys.

DAYS 11-14 Osa Peninsula / Corcovado National Park Highlights: This is THE place you dream of when you think Costa Rica! The most remote, most bio diverse, most wildlife (including many rare and indigenous species) and NO mosquitoes! Osa also holds the largest remaining stand of virgin rainforest in Central America. One of the last truly unspoiled and wild places in the world.

Wildlife: Osa is the absolute best place to see all 4 types of Costa Rican monkeys, (including rare squirrel monkeys) peccaries and other exotic wildlife, in greater numbers than anywhere else, and your best chance to spot jaguar and other big cats. It is one of the last stands for many extremely rare and endangered species including the Harpy Eagle and King Vulture. Over 400 species of birds including the largest population of scarlet macaws in the country.

Enjoy sunset kayaking with dolphins on the tranquil waters of Golfito Bay. Then, after the sun goes down, we'll snorkel at night to see the water come alive with blue sparkles of bioluminescence. Hike deep into Corcovado National Park with wildlife experts and search for tapir and other rare and endangered wildlife. Enjoy pristine beaches teeming with scarlet macaws. Relax at a world-class rainforest lodge by the beach, which are home to 2,000 nesting pairs of scarlet macaws!


Bocas Del Toro - Snorkeling, Islands & Beaches

Much of Costa Rica's coral reef has been destroyed due to polluted run-off from banana plantations, which means the snorkeling is poor at best. However, the nearby archipelago of Bocas del Toro just across the border in Panama is world renowned for some of the best snorkeling in all of Central America, even better than that of Belize's renowned barrier reef. Bocas has coral of every imaginable color, teeming with marine life, as well as dolphins and turtles. On islands such as Bastimentos you can visit an authentic indigenous village and hike with indigenous guides to see the endemic strawberry poison arrow frog and rare night monkeys, neither of which exist in Costa Rica.

Tortuguero National Park

A natural network of scenic jungle canal navigable only by boat, Tortuguero protects over 350 species of birds and mammals, including endangered great green macaws and jaguars. It is one of the most important nesting sites for green sea turtles. Enjoy boating, canoeing and wildlife watching from your waterfront lodge. Call for different price options.

Explore Osa's wild northern end. Hike Corcovado National Park with local naturalist guides, boat to Cano Island for a day of snorkeling, or just relax at one of Costa Rica's best jungle lodges. Call for different price options.

Costa Rica Lodging

Our Ultimate Wildlife itinerary specializes in small, one-of-a-kind rainforest and jungle lodges, many of which have been featured on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and in top travel magazines such as Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste Traveler. Great care has gone into our selection of lodging partners, with particular emphasis on lodges that offer outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. These breathtaking lodges offer all the comforts of home, including hot & cold water, flush toilets, tastefully decorated beds (often orthopedic with Guatemalan fabrics), and delicious home cooked meals, sometimes extravagant, always healthy, and catering to special dietary needs.

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Xandari Resort & Spa is a fabulous upgrade option ~ a tropical paradise of 24 individually designed villas nestled on a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica just 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. An ideal option for those who dream of a luxury spa day to start or end their tour, and for botanical enthusiasts. Stroll through botanic gardens interspersed with sculptures, hike over 4 kilometers of private scenic trails to intimate river vistas and dramatic waterfalls, or visit the orchid house and greenhouse.

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Trapp Family Lodge Alajuela

The Trapp Family Country Inn is located only 1 mile from Juan Santamaria International Airport. They offer comfortable accommodations along with genuine family service in a peaceful atmosphere. This colonial style hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with centenary fig trees. From the private balcony of your room, in the terrace or by the pool, you will enjoy nature and relax with the musical sound of the birds. A true oasis in the middle of the city.

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Hotel Buena Vista

A lovely boutique resort located 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. Set in lush mountains, with incredible views of the Poas, Barva and Irazú volcanoes, the Central Valley, tropical forests and coffee plantations, you’ll feel like your Ultimate Wildlife EcoTour has already begun with birdwatching right from your window or balcony!

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Adventure Inn

This is a family-friendly hotel with bilingual babysitters, family rooms with 3 Queen beds, as well as a romantic couple’s destination with in-room Jacuzzi tubs and King beds. Family-owned and operated, it is located beside the quiet and safe neighborhood of Ciudad Cariari, only a five minute walk from the National Convention Center, and a ten minute drive from the SJO airport.

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Suizo Loco Lodge (Alternate Lodge)

Enjoy the swiss quality under the caribbean sun in a charming eco-friendly boutique hotel! The hotel offers a sense of peace and security on a small piece of land where you are lulled by the music of nature. The place is green year round, ideal for nature lovers.

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Magellan Inn (Alternate Lodge)

Magellan Inn is a unique boutique hotel in a magical jungle setting. It offers comfort, elegance & tranquility with a tropical paradise just outside your door. 

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Hotel La Diosa is a wonderful place to stay in Cahuita. They have 10 cabins designed in Caribbean style and painted in vibrant colors. A beautiful beach awaits just a few steps from the hotel. A swimming pool surrounded by coconut palm trees also provides a place in which to relax.

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Goddess Garden Resort (Alternate Lodge)

Our retreat center in Costa Rica offers a unique blend of yoga, meditation, and plant medicine practices to help you achieve greater balance and clarity. Nestled in the lush jungle and a few steps from the Caribbean Sea, our intentional space is perfect for disconnecting from the busy world and reconnecting with your true self.

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El Encanto (Alternate Lodge)

Located in Cahuita, a few meters from the Caribbean beaches and five minutes from Cahuita National Park, El Encanto offers an intimate setting from which to begin your Costa Rican adventure!

All rooms offer a wardrobe with safe, screens in the windows, desk, bathroom with hot water, terrace with armchairs, and seiling fans. You can choose if you want a double bed, two double beds, or a double and a single bed.

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Bungalows Malu (Alternate Lodge)

Located in Cahuita, Bungalow Malú Lodge is a rustic hotel facing the sea with a swimming pool, restaurant, WiFi, TV, and A/C surrounded by flora and fauna and just 1.5km from Cahuita National Park.

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La Quinta de Sarapiqui

La Quinta is an eco-lodge nationally certified by the Costa Rican Tourists Board with its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). La Quinta has 5 Leaves level, being 5 Leaves the maximum qualification. The CST is a comprehensive program that categorizes and certifies each tourism company to the degree they comply with the model of sustainable tourism.La Quinta strives to have little, to no negative impact on its immediate environment. Every effort is taken to co-exist harmoniously with our surroundings. Our ten acres are composed of regenerating agriculture, a reforested area with native trees, an old-growth forest on the riverside and tropical gardens.We will always treat our environment with the utmost care and responsibility, and would greatly appreciate your help in upholding these practices while you are here. Please consider this your home, and your family, during your visit, and help protect what we have held sacred for so many years. We hope you enjoy the natural beauty of this place as so other guests have done before you.

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Hotel Los Lagos

Located in the Arenal region, this is an exclusive resort with its own 13 platform Canopy Tour, private hot springs, and a spectacular observation point on the property. You can enjoy five different pools of natural hot water and regular pools tucked away in their own enclaves. The views offered here are complimented by stunning grounds and great attention to detail throughout. Los Lagos received a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence in 2012.

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Hotel Lomas del Volcan (Alternate Lodge)

Located on the slopes of Arenal Volcano, this farm turned eco-hotel offers design inspired by traditional local architecture, luxury bungalows, restaurant, pool, and jacuzzi. Driven by values of teamwork, respect, honesty, and passion to deliver an unforgettable experience.

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Arenal Volcano Inn

The ideal location for those who want to discover the many diverse natural attractions that La Fortuna of San Carlos offers. You’ll find here all you need for a relaxing stay! Enjoy a unique view of the Arenal Volcano which can be admired from the tranquility of your room and your own private terrace.

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Arenal Springs (Alternate Lodge)

Each distinctive Junior Suite comes with direct views to the beautiful Arenal Volcano. Each room is surrounded by exotic gardens, and beautiful flowers, where Costa Rica's native species of birds and animals are readily seen.

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Arenal Paraiso (Alternate Lodge)

Hotel Arenal Paraiso offers spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano. The accommodations are surrounded by lush tropical gardens and walking paths, and guests will enjoy using the hotel’s swimming pools and hot springs.

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Hotel Montana

Located on a ridge with spectacular views of the Gulf of Nicoya, this recently remodeled mountain lodge features spacious, comfortable rooms, many with jacuzzi tubs. Behind the lodge is a pond that attracts bellbirds and many of Monteverde's most famous animals and birds -- a wildlife lover's delight!

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Trapp Family Lodge Monteverde (Alternate Lodge)

The closest lodge to the Monteverde Reserve, Trapp is built in a classic mountain lodge style, with rich hardwoods and magnificent cloudforest views. Inside, you'll feel like you're in the Swiss Alps, as its mountain decor and spacious suites showcase one of the newest lodges in Monteverde. Owned and operated by Costa Ricans, you can't get any closer to the cloudforest reserve than this acclaimed lodge. Recent Wild Planet trips were delighted by a nesting pair of Resplendent Quetzals only 50 meters from our panoramic windows!


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Parador Resort & Spa (Alternate Lodge)

Parador Resort & Spa is built high above the sweeping Pacific coastline on 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest. The epitome of responsible luxury, Parador has earned multiple awards including Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2011 (World Travel Awards), the 5-Leaf Sustainability Award issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and, most recently, the prestigious Platinum Level “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” Adrian Award from HSMAI and National Geo Traveler.

The resort features well-appointed rooms, several restaurants featuring diverse menus, multiple bars and lounges, a world-class spa, a tennis court, three ocean-view pools.

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Villas Nicolas (Alternate Lodge)

Ideally situated in a quiet, secluded area of Manuel Antonio, Villa Nicolas's comfortable rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens and visited by pleasant ocean breezes. A pool, outdoor bar and restaurant give this a relaxed ocean villa vibe.

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Blue Mirador (formerly Oceans Two)

Located on a sloped mountainside, this hotel offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding jungle, and Manuel Antonio National Park–all from the rooftop pools, terraces, and restaurants. In-room services include A/C, WiFi, TV, safe, mini-fridge, coffee makers, hairdryers.  If this hotel is used on your tour, it can be added as a post-trip extension with a private transfer fee back to San Jose for your return flight.

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Ecotica (Alternate Lodge)

Nestled amidst tropical jungle, and lush gardens, Ecotica is a place where nature fills your senses with a vast array of biodiversity–from flora and fauna to monkeys, sloths, butterflies, scarlet macaws, toucans and more–allowing you to experience Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife without ever having to leave the property! Located at the top of the hill of Manuel Antonio, this resort offers amazing views, and easy access to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. If this hotel is used on your tour, it can be added as a post-trip extension with a private transfer fee back to San Jose for your return flight.


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Las Islas Lodge (Alternate Lodge)

This delightful and authentic Costa Rican family-owned lodge is the newest lodge in Puerto Jimenez. Wildlife is abundant with various species of monkeys, Iguanas, Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, and other exotic birds. Puerto Jimenez is the last "frontier town" before venturing deep into Corcovado National Park, and Las Islas makes it feel just like home!

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Cabinas Jimenez (Alternate Lodge)

Located directly on the Gulfo Dulce (the "Sweet Gulf") on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Each Cabina features air-conditioning, fans, private bathrooms, wi-fi, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. All the rooms are uniquely decorated with local artwork. As a Guest, you have free use of Kayaks & Bikes, or you can just relax poolside and enjoy the scenery.

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Agua Dulce Lodge

Agua Ducle Beach Resort is the newest and most exciting property on the Osa Peninsula with all the amenities you would expect. Located just 10 minutes from Puerto Jimenez on a scluded beach. Walk for miles along the beach, go for an adventure hike to Corcovado National Park, or have a dolphin and snorkeling adventure! The resort also offers a huge pool with swim up bar if you prefer a more relaxed experience.

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Laguna Vista Villas

Overlooking Playa Carate and a freshwater lagoon, LagunaVista lodge is a gateway to Corcovado National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on our planet and a popular area for eco-tourists. LaguaVista's Mediterranean style villas are solar powered and eco-friendly, providing conscientious accommodations in a luxury setting. From your villa deck, take in the panoramic views of the rainforest, lagoon, beach, ocean and sky.

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Luna Lodge (Alternative Lodge / Upgrade)

Travel & Leisure Magazine named Luna Lodge one of the "Top 25 Eco-lodges in the World." We can't say enough about this world-class eco-lodge. The incredibly remote location, 4-star service, attention to beauty and aesthetics, breathtaking open-air yoga structure, massage, and even after-dinner salsa dancing are why Luna generates regular rave reviews by the likes of Conde Nast and the Discovery Channel. But nothing can describe the tangible feeling of peace you will notice immediately upon arrival, and will linger long after you depart.

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Hotel Vista Ballena (Alternate Lodge)

Vista Ballena Hotel is an exceptionally charming tropical boutique hotel situated high on a forested mountainside over the coastal plains of Uvita, Costa Rica. Ensconced in a verdant rainforest teeming with wildlife, your mind, body and soul will delight in both the deep relaxation and stimulating experiences you can enjoy here as you expand your personal horizons.

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Cuna del Angel

Cuna del Angel (Angel's cradle) Hotel is an exclusive and cozy boutique hotel amidst an exuberant tropical forest in Costa Rica, in the heart of the Earth's most ecologically diverse area. Built in Colonial and Native Costa Rican style; Cuna del Angel is a celebration of Costa Rica's unique cultural heritages, where the best of both worlds meet, keeping the glamor and elegance of a modern world while evoking the spiritual world of the indigenous cultures that inhabited this small yet rich country.

Cuna's Deluxe Rooms are richly decorated with Colonial and Asian details, each with either an ocean or jungle view from their terraces or balconies. Modern commodities include: A/C and two ceiling fans, Cable TV, WiFi access, Mini bar, safe, Coffee Maker, Private Bathroom with bathtub/shower and hairdryer, alarm clock, telephone. Deluxe Rooms have one queen size bed or two beds (queen + full size) upon request. These rooms are located in front of the infinity edge swimming pool.

Costa Rica Activities

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As wildlife travel experts, one of our greatest advantages are some of the specially arranged activities we've created just for wildlife lovers. These exclusive, wildlife-focused activities - and our top guides - are the reasons why you maximize your chances of seeing more volume of wildlife and more rare and endangered species when you travel with Wild Planet Adventures than with any other travel company.

Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Birdwatching

  • Whitewater and Flatwater River Running
  • Volcano & Hot Springs
  • Beaches/Ocean

Sea-Kayaking in Golfito Bay

  • Snorkeling at Night in the Bioluminescence

Exclusive Wildlife Activities


Sarapiqui River Rafting

Snorkeling at night in bioluminescence.

This is one of the most magical experiences on our tour. The water is alive with bright blue sparkles of bioluminescent plankton, and every movement you make leaves a trail of sparkles in the water. We'll snorkel in a shallow, protected area right off the beach. We'll start off wading where we can stand, and then the more adventurous can wander a little farther offshore.

Other Activities

Our hiking philosophy is simple: "The slower you go, the more wildlife you see." Most of our hikes last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the pace is a relaxed meander. with frequent stops to observe nature and wildlife. We may even spend intimate time with a troop of wild monkeys, especially if we observe exciting behaviors such as teaching a newborn to walk, a conflict involving an alpha male, or anything else that has what we call a high "wow" factor.

The bio-diversity and exuberance of life in the cloudforest is a result of clouds drifting in and dripping constant moisture on the dense canopy tops. A series of suspended bridges and platforms offers an unforgettable glimpse of life high amongst the canopy and the transcendent sensation of walking amongst the clouds.

Volcano & Hotspring

Enjoy soaking in a spectacular hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano, with spectacular views of the volcano, right from our lodge!

Enjoy sunset kayaking with dolphins on the tranquil waters of Golfito Bay.

Costa Rica Wildlife

Prolific sightings.

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Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Our "Ultimate Wildlife" eco-adventures are specially designed for maximum wildlife viewing. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours. Our expert naturalist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness. A partial list of some of the animals you are likely to see is below.

Primates : Howler Monkeys, White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys Other Mammals : Three-Toed Sloth, Two-Toed Sloth, Coatimundi, Bats Reptiles & Insects : Crocodiles, Caiman, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizards), Poison Arrow Frogs Birds : 600 species including Parrots, Trogons, Mot-Mots, Tanagers, Montezuma's Oropendolas, Hawks, Squirrel Cuckoos, Owls, Herons, Kingfishers, 60 species of Hummingbirds and much more.

Likely Sightings

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Primates : Squirrel Monkeys Other Mammals : Tamandua (Anteater), Kinkajou, Agouti, Dolphins, Tayra, Peccaries (collared & white-liped) Reptiles, Amphibians & Insects : Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, Walking Sticks, Eyelash Pitviper, Fer-de-lance, Leaf-Cutter Ants Birds : Resplendent Quetzals, Scarlet Macaws, Lovely Cotingas, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Green Honeycreepers, Roseate Spoonbill, Woodstorks, Crested Caracara, Purple Gallinule, Northern Jacanas, Great Curassow

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

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Other Mammals : Jaguar & other cats, Tapir, Porcupine, Silky Anteater, Grey Fox, Olingo, Paca, Grison Reptiles : Caiman, Fleishman's Glass Frogs (see-through), Leatherback Turtles, Green Turtles, Hercules Beetles Birds : Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Great Green Macaw, King Vulture, White Hawk, Great Potoo, Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Royal Flycatcher, and many more

Costa Rica Guides

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Josh Cohen Wild Planet's Director

Josh personally hand-crafts all of Wild Planet's itineraries to reflect his own love of wildlife and the transformational power of nature. The Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife itineraries remain his favorite after guiding them for nearly a decade. A dedicated wildlife enthusiast and conservationist, his keen eyes and love of nature still make him Wild Planet's most requested guide.

Rayner Araya

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Rayner Araya Biologist & Naturalist Guide

I grew up in the forest where I spent my time exploring and discovering nature, playing with poison dart frogs, ants, butterflies, beetles and many other jewels, soon I became fascinated about natural history and science. Since very early in life I Knew I wanted to spend my time doing something that involved nature. I think I was very lucky because I happened to be in one of the hotspots for biodiversity and international conservation efforts, this combined with the educated and friendly Costa Rican people make a suitable destination for travelers from all over the world. As a Naturalist Guide I get to share my passion for wildlife and conservation and I get to explore many different ecosystems constantly in my trips. I went to school for Tourism and Biology, I think this makes a great combination to work in the always growing tourism industry. Before working as a Naturalist Guide I worked for OTS, a worldwide known organization dedicated to Tropical Biology Research which is featured in Wild Planet Adventures' Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour. It was here that I met Josh Cohen and began guiding for Wild Planet Adventures.

I love traveling and travelers, I truly believe that by traveling and being exposed to different cultures, languages and life styles we become more tolerant, we learn to accept our differences and that can only make the world a better place!

Koky Porras

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Koky Porras Legendary Master Naturalist

Koky's amazing ability to accurately call birds to him has made him the "guide of choice" for scientists researching Monteverde's famous quetzals and bellbirds. Koky has also helped to train many of Monteverde's world-class guides. The cloudforest where Koky has lived his whole life is widely known as the hardest place to guide in all of Costa Rica. Here it requires extremely sharp eyes to spot wildlife because the foliage is more dense than anywhere else in the country. In addition, many species have slight differences in their appearance with as little as 150 meters of elevation change, so it requires an enormous amount of experience to identify birds and wildlife instantaneously. Koky's fascination with the symbiotic relationships in nature is as contagious as his love of laughter.

Costa Rica Departures

Costa rica-ultimate wildlife 14-day adventure.

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Costa Rica FAQ

Costa rica facts for visitors.

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Climate/Best Time to Go:

Costa Rica boasts 12 climatic zones, surprising travelers with a wide variety of temperature and rainfall conditions year-round. In general, temperatures in the lowlands range from the low 70's to the high 80's, cooler at elevation. The temperature on top of the continental divide can vary from the mid 50's to low 80's in Monteverde to the 30's on Chirripo, with enveloping clouds drifting over the mountains and bringing mist and occasional rain. December through May is the dry season in most places except the Caribbean coast, which is dryer January through March, but has no real dry season. The "green season" begins very slowly in June and tapers off in July for about 3 weeks which native Costa Ricans call "Little Summer". So don't let rain scare you away from the rainforest! Even in the green season there is plenty of sunshine and great weather for your vacation. Best time to go: late December through early August


A stable democracy for more than 100 years, Costa Rica is a peaceful nation in the midst of a region that has been troubled by turmoil for centuries. Costa Rica also has the highest standard of living of any Central American country, including literacy rates, medical standards and facilities are all quite high. Costa Ricans are extremely proud that they do not have an army.

Costa Rica lies on the southern part of Central America, bordered on the south by Panama and on the North by Nicaragua. It's land mass is referred to as an isthmus, which is bordered by the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and contains the mountains of the continental divide.

Approximately 51,100 square mile--about half the size of the state of Kentucky. Only 120 km wide in some points, Costa Rica would be easy to traverse were it not for the extreme variation in ecosystems and the continental divide. Over 27% of the country's 12 distinct ecological zones are in protected areas.


The population of Costa Rica is approximately 5 million, mostly of Spanish descent. Costa Rican people call themselves "ticos" (male) or "ticas" (female.) They are extremely friendly, polite, well educated, and enthusiastic about their country. Costa Rica is home to a large international community as well.

Spanish is the official language and is spoken, thankfully, at a speed that is much easier to understand than many other countries. English is widely understood, especially in tourist areas, hotels, lodges and restaurants.

Entry Requirements:

A passport and return ticket is required to enter Costa Rica. No visas are required for citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Japan and many others.

US residents are permitted a $400 per person (or $1,100 per family) duty-free tax exemption upon returning to the US

Departure Tax:

Approximately US $35.00

Local currency is the Colon. One US dollar is worth approximately 375 Colon. US dollars are accepted in many places in Costa Rica. Credit Cards/Travelers Checks: Nearly all hotels, restaurants and shops in the major towns and tourist areas take all major credit cards. Street vendors and smaller establishments in remote areas may accept only cash or travelers checks. Its important to keep travelers checks in a waterproof pouch, as they are considered void if they get wet.


All telecommunications services (direct dial phones, fax, telex, cable) are available; but calls from Costa Rica are much higher than an equivalent call to Costa Rica. The country code for Costa Rica is (506) Remote jungle lodges usually have short wave radio communications linked to cellular service.

Costa Rica is in the Central Standard Time zone, and does not utilize daylight saving time. There is very little seasonal variation between dawn and dusk due to the proximity to the equator, dawn is usually 6:00 am and dusk 6:00 pm.

Sales Taxes:

Costa Rica has high taxes, roughly 15% sales tax and there may be 15% service charge in many hotels and restaurants.

Tipping is voluntary; tips of 15% are acceptable; more if the service is exceptionally good. Some hotels and restaurants add a 15 percent service.

While the water is said to be safe in most of Costa Rica, we recommend bottled water in most places. Do not eat fruit you have not pealed yourself, stay away from leafy vegetables like lettuce, and avoid ice cubes. These are common causes of amebic dysentery and giardia, both of which are unpleasant enough to be worth avoiding at all costs.

This Trip's Exclusive Wildlife Features:

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  • Unparalleled Wildlife Viewing - It's normal for us to see 10-25 sloths and 5-15 troops of monkeys, plus rare wildlife - in one hike on our second day!
  • Remote & Less-Traveled Destinations - For the widest variety of wildlife experiences and best chance for up-close encounters, without crowds.
  • Interact with Animals, Wildlife Experts & Scientific Researchers - Special Sloth Rescue Program and La Selva Biological Preserve.
  • Special Wildlife Activities - Night hikes for nocturnal animals, sea-kayaking with dolphins, snorkeling at night in the bioluminescence and more.
  • Special Arrangements for Exclusive Access

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Places You’ll See

San Jose

  • Visit the Arenal Volcano
  • White water raft down the Pacuare River
  • Zipline above the Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Relax on Samara Beach
  • Introduction
  • Day 1 Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Day 2 White Water Rafting at Pacuare River. Transportation to Arenal
  • Day 3 Canyoning, Nature Walk And Hot Springs.
  • Day 4 Transfer Arenal Volcano to Monteverde. Horseback riding in the cloud forest.
  • Day 5 Zip Line Tour in Monteverde.
  • Day 6 Transfer Monteverde to Samara Beach.
  • Day 7 Samara beach: Ocean Kayak to Chora Island & Snorkeling
  • Day 8 Transfer Samara Beach to San Jose.
  • Day 9 Departure Costa Rica.

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Green World Adventures is a local boutique tour operator based in Cartago, Costa Rica. We offer different tours in Costa Rica according to the preferences of our clients (adventure, nature, cultural interaction, educational and others). We have a strong model of sustainable tourism developed by the owners who are professionals in Sustainable Tourism Management. Our services are flexible, personalized and there’s always a follow-up to every client. Our packages are specially designed for families, nature lovers, cultural enthusiasts and adventure passionate all this in a sustainable way.

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15 STUNNING Eco Lodges in Costa Rica [2024 Edition]

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It’s full of lush forests, postcard-worthy beaches, volcanic landscapes, and oceans perfect for surfing and diving.

The local population values this abundance of natural beauty. This respect translates to providing eco-friendly accommodation, which is designed to have the smallest environmental impact possible. From beach cabins to glamorous villas and treehouses, there’s a huge variety to choose from.

The best eco-lodges in Coast Rica use solar power, rainwater collection tanks, and locally sourced or sustainable building materials. To help you find the best eco-lodge travel needs, we’ve listed all the best options here.

In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Costa Rica for One Night

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Garden of Eden: Fuego

This Balinese-inspired stone and wood bungalow is hidden in the jungle in Ojochal in Costa Rica. Offering ocean and forest views, the eco-lodge is a peaceful retreat with easy access to some of the country’s best beaches.

  • Diamante Verde Waterfall
  • Dominical Beach
  • Cola de Ballena Beach

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Costa Rica is arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in Central America . So, it’s fitting to choose the accommodation that allows you to properly experience the natural wonders in a sustainable manner.

Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment. At the same time, many countries are investing in ways to accommodate travelers in a more eco-friendly way.

Costa Rica is very focused on the preservation and conservation of its natural resources. It’s created various options for travelers who want to respect locals, the wildlife, and the planet. Eco-lodges in Costa Rica are popping up everywhere, so everyone can play their part.

What is an Eco-lodge?

An eco-lodge is any accommodation that strives to minimize its impact on the planet and the local population. Some use solar power and collect rainwater, others use eco-friendly products and support local communities.  

While this is still a relatively new concept, it is growing in popularity. Eco-lodges will vary in their initiatives, but at the core of each is a desire to protect the environment, local people, and culture. So, as a traveler, you’ll know that you’re making a positive contribution to the greater good. 

Garden of Eden “Fuego”

  • > Live in harmony with nature
  • > Peaceful eco-cabin in the heart of the jungle

Casa Lina Eco Lodge

Casa Lina Eco Lodge

  • > Affordable cabin without sacrificing comfort
  • > Treehouse living

Glamping Tent

Glamping Tent

  • > Glamping at its best
  • > Spectacular views and jungle chorus

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Drift Away Eco Lodge

  • > Built using recycled and naturally sourced materials
  • > Biodegradable and natural cleaning products and toiletries

Villa Tropical

Villa Tropical

  • > Eco-living without sacrificing style
  • > Secluded hillside villa

Casa Limoncillo

Casa Limoncillo

  • > 10 guests
  • > Chemical-free salt-water pool
  • > Authentic Costa Rican living

Corcovado Ecolodge de Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre

Corcovado Ecolodge de Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre

  • > 16 guests
  • > Newly built ecotourism community centre
  • > Perfect stop for hikers, campers, and backpackers

We’ve listed the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica to help you find one that best suits your budget and needs. Whichever one you go for, you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your part in protecting everything around you.

Overall Best Value Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Garden of Eden “Fuego”

Garden of Eden Fuego (1)

  • Live in harmony with nature
  • Peaceful eco-cabin in the heart of the jungle 

The Garden of Eden eco-village is home to a community of environmentally conscious residents living in harmony with the land. The Balinese-inspired Fuego bungalow is surrounded by verdant jungle, features both forest and ocean views. Guests can also enjoy the sounds of the river and over 400 species of birds.

Activities include jungle trekking, swimming in pristine waterfalls, yoga, meditation , and massage all on or near the property. A short drive takes you to some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica . Here, you can surf, spot whales and dolphins, or canoe in the mangroves. 

Best Value Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Casa Lina Eco Lodge

Casa Lina Eco Lodge

  • Affordable cabin
  • Treehouse living

This eco-friendly treehouse in Costa Rica offers a pared-back style without sacrificing comfort. Surrounded by lush jungle, this hand-built wooden cabin features a spacious terrace overlooking a small river and verdant jungle foliage. On the property, you’ll find a garden sprawling with fruit trees and tropical flowers.

Spend your days relaxing in a hammock or doing yoga on the deck. If you want to explore, you can hire a bicycle and visit local restaurants, bars, and a supermarket. The beach is also right nearby, as well as mountains and protected waterways.

Budget Tip: Dorms in Costa Rica start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Best Eco-lodge for Couples – Glamping Tent

Glamping Tent

  • Glamping at its best
  • Spectacular views and jungle sounds

Set high on a ridge overlooking the San Juan de Dios Valley, these tents offer luxurious accommodation while still being close to nature. There’s also a private patio with a hammock – perfect for kicking back and enjoying the sounds of the jungle. 

Nearby, you’ll find permaculture gardens, orchards, and hiking trails through the 30-year-old reforestation project. The area is known for its exquisite waterfalls and pools which you can explore on your hikes. 

Most Ecological Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Drift Away Eco Lodge

Drift Away Eco Lodge (1)

  • Built using recycled and naturally sourced materials
  • Biodegradable and natural cleaning products and toiletries

Ideally located in a tranquil area, Drift Away Eco-lodge is a palm-fringed paradise for ocean lovers. It’s close to the Plata Lagartillo beach – ideal for those wanting to go swimming or surf in the ocean.

The pool has a unique filtration system allowing for the use of fewer chemicals. Water and electricity conservation measures are also in place, but won’t impact the guest experience. This place is perfect for families or groups looking to travel sustainably.

Over-the-Top Luxury Eco-lodge – Villa Tropical

Villa Tropical

  • Eco-living without sacrificing style
  • Secluded hillside villa

This contemporary Airbnb in Costa Rica sits between the lively seaside town of Tamarindo and the quiet beaches of Playa Flamingo. Exquisite interiors offer a chic space to relax, enhanced by the half basketball court, infinity pool, and sprawling lawns. A chef and masseuse are optional.  

Solar heated water is recycled and used for the gardens. All light bulbs are energy-efficient LEDs, and the open-plan design used the cool mountain breeze as a natural A/C system. 

Guests can access the nearby golf course, go snorkeling, diving, and fishing, as well as stand-up paddleboarding and hiking. Tamarindo is the perfect place to enjoy a night on the town at one of the many restaurants and bars. 

Best Eco-lodge for Families visiting Costa Rica – Casa Limoncillo

Casa Limoncillo

  • Chemical-free salt-water pool
  • Authentic Costa Rican living

This family-friendly eco-lodge in Costa Rica sits on the edge of the jungle just outside vibrant Tamarindo. It offers a shared outdoor area with a fire pit, roofed lounge area, and salt-water pool. At night, you’ll get some of the best stargazing around.  

In addition to an incredible jungle gym with a climbing wall and trampoline. Away from the property, you’ll have access to great surfing beaches, a national park with exceptional wildlife, and restaurants.  

Best Eco-lodge for Backpackers – Corcovado Ecolodge de Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre

Corcovado Ecolodge de Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre

  • Newly built ecotourism community center
  • Perfect stop for hikers, campers, and backpackers

Built to complement the natural landscape, this community center is perfect for those backpacking Costa Rica on a budget. On-site, there’s an information center where staff can help you plan your travel itinerary. The center offers meals and modern amenities, and you’ll be sleeping in tents in a community of guests.

The lodge sits in the Corcovado National Park, so you’ll have plenty of single and multi-day hikes to try. Other activities include night tours, gold mining tours, horseback riding, cooking classes, and many more cultural and adventure activities. 

Amazing Luxury Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Turquoise View Villa

Turquoise View Villa

  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Expansive designer villa with state-of-the-art finishing

This modern villa has been consciously created to blend in with the surrounding landscape while offering luxury amenities. From the exquisite kitchen to the private infinity pool, every detail has been thoughtfully considered. 

In addition to supporting local communities through the management agency, this property features energy-efficient appliances and design. Eco-friendly and cruelty-free cleaning products and toiletries are provided. 

Guests can enjoy private beach club access at Playa Azul, zip-lining, and canopy tours. If that’s not enough, there’s snorkeling and paddleboarding, surfing, and a nearby turtle nesting refuge to discover.

Best Eco-lodge for a Weekend in Costa Rica – 3 Bamboo Eco Lodge

3 Bamboo Eco Lodge

  • Eco-friendly products and wildlife-friendly setting
  • Centrally located ecolodge, perfect for couples and families

Situated just three kilometers from the beach at Cahuita, this eco-lodge is tucked amid a leafy tropical garden that is frequently visited by wildlife. The house features a private terrace, as well as a shared pool and hot tub. Closeby, you’ll have shops, restaurants, and bars.

Out of respect for the wildlife, the garden is not lit up at night to allow the animals to pass through undeterred. The rooms are cooled by fans instead of aircon, and are comfortably furnished.

Eco-lodge with an Epic Location – Ojo del Mar Ecolodge

Ojo del Mar Ecolodge (1)

  • 100% off-grid property using solar energy only
  • Elevated treetop cabin overlooking the beach

Located in a remote corner of the Osa Peninsula, the Ojo del Mar beach house is a two-storey treetop cabin. Hidden by tropical foliage and overlooking a pristine stretch of beach, the resort offers travelers a slice of paradise. 

This eco-cabin is built entirely from local materials and powered only by the sun. There’s an on-site pool for guests, and the beach is a stone’s throw away. Thanks to the epic location, you’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the birds, monkeys, and the ocean.

Another Great Eco-lodge with an Epic Location – Casa Roja

Casa Roja

  • Off-grid living in paradise
  • Remote and private wilderness retreat

Located on the northern tip of the Osa Peninsula, Casa Roja is an off-grid wellness retreat accessible only by a private boat. Everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay is provided for you, including food sourced either from the property or local farms. 

A private guide will take you on jungle hikes, waterfall tours, visits to private beaches, and secluded snorkelling spots. You’ll also get the chance to go whale and dolphin spotting and explore the mangroves, among many other unique activities. 

Best Eco-lodge for Views – Casa Sol

Casa Sol

  • Sustainably built open-air bungalow offering 360° views
  • Jungle-meets-beach location

The unique indoor-outdoor living concept at Sola Vista Eco-lodge offers guests panoramic views from just about anywhere in the bungalow. Overlooking the ocean and the jungle, it’s located in a biologically diverse area of Costa Rica . You’ll be able to spot plenty of native wildlife here.

Fishing, swimming, and horseback riding are just some of the activities on offer, in addition to surfing and yoga. The peaceful village of Punta Banco is a short walk away, where you’ll find a small grocery store and a restaurant. 

Another Great Eco-lodge for Views – Pacific Edge Eco-Lodge

Pacific Edge Eco-Lodge

  • Eco-friendly home-away-from-home
  • Forested hillside location with magical views

Perched high on a hillside among dense foliage, the aptly named Pacific Edge offers views of the waves and the shoreline stretching off into the distance. The property features a pool, patio area, and two look-out towers where guests can enjoy the amazing views.

An on-site art gallery offers guests the chance to purchase local handicrafts, art, and jewelry. A portion of all proceeds goes back into the community and to local charities. Activities here include surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, horse riding, and even zip-lining.

Most Beautiful Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Rancho Cielo Luxury Green Villa

Rancho Cielo Luxury Green Villa

  • Mountainside villa in a private location
  • Indoor-outdoor living in tune with nature

The gorgeous Rancho Cielo is located on a scenic mountainside overlooking the Playa Hermosa in Santa Teresa. This out-of-the-way location offers guests privacy and tranquillity in a luxurious setting. 

From the infinity pool to the spacious interiors, the villa offers an environmentally conscious experience without compromising on luxury. Spend days enjoying the views from the pool, or put on your hiking boots and head off on one of the many jungle trails. 

If you’re intere s ted in staying in this area but you’re on a backpacker budget, then check out the best hostels in Santa Teresa .

Another Beautiful Eco-lodge in Costa Rica – Pura Vida Eco-lodge

Pura Vida Eco-lodge

  • Award-wining eco-lodge in a gorgeous location
  • Panoramic sea views and beautiful architecture

Pura Vida Ecolodge offers a luxurious retreat overlooking the jungle canopy and offering panoramic sea views. The house offers exceptional chic design and top-of-the-range (but eco-friendly) amenities. It runs on solar panels and uses water direct from the source in the mountain. It’s even got a rainwater catchment system to minimize its impact on the environment. 

When you’re not relaxing at the base, there are plenty of jungle walks to discover and beaches nearby. A short drive will get you to national parks Corcovado and Manuel Antonio, some of the coolest places to visit in Costa Rica . There’s a concierge service to assist with arranging activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. 

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ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

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Costa Rica is the leader of the pack when it comes to eco-travel, and the options are seemingly endless. There’s a bounty of unique accommodation in Costa Rica to choose from, and by now you’ll have seen 15 of the best options out there.

In a country sandwiched between two oceans and offering a wealth of natural resources, it’s no surprise that there’s a strong desire to respect the environment. No matter which one of these eco-lodges in Costa Rica you pick, you’ll be playing a part in preserving the natural surroundings.

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Ultimate Guide: What to Do in Costa Rica for an Unforgettable Adventure!

  • Costa Rica is an eco-tourism hub due to its rich biodiversity.
  • The nation thrills with beaches, volcanoes, and unique culture.
  • Top spots include Arenal Volcano, Tamarindo, and the Nicoya Peninsula.
  • A trip isn't complete without tasting the vibrant life of San Jose.
  • You’re in for wildlife, waterfalls, and whirlwind adventures.

Why Costa Rica Tops Every Travel Bucket List

According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board , a whopping 2.9 million tourists visited this gem in 2019. Why? The answer's simple: with over 5% of the world’s biodiversity on just 0.03% of the planet's surface , it's an eco-lover's dream. Imagine walking a land where every corner offers a new discovery! From the golden Pacific coast to the pristine Caribbean shores, Costa Rica promises diversity.

Beyond Beaches: The True Costa Rican Adventure

Sure, you've heard about the beaches . But did you know about the volcanoes? The wildlife? The pulsating heart of its cities? As Lonely Planet states, "In Costa Rica, the visitor can enjoy lovely tropical beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, scintillating culture, all the necessary components of an ideal vacation."

Discover the Volcanic Wonders

A visit here is incomplete without being mesmerized by Arenal Volcano .

Waterfalls and Wildlife

Every national park in Costa Rica has its charm. Corcovado and Manuel Antonio National Parks shine with photogenic waterfalls. Yet, the Rio Celeste waterfall stands unmatched with its cerulean hues. Pair that with an underwater exploration at Caño Island to witness vibrant marine life, and you've got memories for years!

A Cultural Dive in San Jose

While nature entices, the urban heartbeats of San Jose are equally captivating. Barrio Amón, with its vibrant neighborhoods, offers an authentic Costa Rican vibe.

The Nicoya Peninsula: An Unmissable Gem

Remember Tamarindo from the 1994 surf movie, "Endless Summer II"? Tamarindo is the most popular town in the Nicoya Peninsula , a surfer's dream come true. But don't stop there. Nosara and Santa Teresa are pristine beauties, waiting for exploration. And for a tranquil experience, Playa Carrillo offers solitude like no other.

The Guanacaste Charm

Dive into the magic of Costa Rica's "Gold Coast". From Playa Avellana's surf breaks to Santa Rosa National Park's historical sites, Guanacaste is a realm of varied experiences. And the active Rincón de la Vieja National Park with its gushing waterfalls and volcanic sights? Pure gold!

Kevin's Insider Tip

Okay, a quick insider secret from Kevin Erickson . Costa Rica's essence lies in its little-known spots . Don't just follow the touristy trail. Engage with the locals, taste the Gallo Pinto , and perhaps, embark on a night jungle walk. The real magic lies in these unexpected moments.

In these adventure parks, you can go horseback riding, tubing, ziplining, mud bathing, and swimming in hot springs all in one day. It's the ultimate Costa Rican adventure combination!

Rincon de la Vieja Adventure Park

Rincon de la Vieja is known for its stunning volcanic landscapes, and the adventure parks in the area take full advantage of this natural beauty. They offer a wide range of activities to ensure that visitors get a comprehensive experience of the area.

Horseback riding will take you through lush forests and past bubbling volcanic mud pots. Tubing is an exhilarating way to experience the river, surrounded by nature.

Ziplining offers an unparalleled bird's eye view of the volcano and surrounding forests. After all these activities, you can relax in the therapeutic hot springs, sourced directly from the volcano.

For those wanting a natural skincare treatment, the volcanic mud baths are perfect. Apply the nutrient-rich mud, let it dry, and then wash it off for smooth, rejuvenated skin.

These combination tours are fantastic because they offer so much variety. Instead of having to choose one or two activities, you can do them all! This is especially great for those on a tight schedule wanting to experience as much of Costa Rica's natural beauty and adventure as possible.

From exploring lush national parks, witnessing active volcanoes, experiencing thrilling adventure activities, to enjoying serene beaches and watching exotic wildlife , Costa Rica truly is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers.

Here are some brief takeaways and highlights from the provided activities:

  • Adventure Parks : Try out the Guachipelin Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja National Park for ziplining, horseback riding, and more.
  • Water Activities : Enjoy stand-up paddleboarding and visit some of Costa Rica's beautiful waterfalls like Catarata Llanos de Cortes and Del Toro Waterfall.
  • Wildlife Encounters : Witness sea turtles at Ostional Wildlife Refuge and explore the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo.
  • City Experience : Explore San Jose with city tours or on your own.
  • Water Expeditions : Engage in kayaking through Tortuguero National Park's rainforest canals and experience white-water rafting in Pacuare River.
  • Volcano Visits : Must-see volcanoes include Arenal, Turrialba, Irazu, and Poas Volcano.
  • Nature Tours : Explore the mangroves, take a guided walk at Manuel Antonio National Park, and witness the mesmerizing blue waters of Rio Celeste Waterfall and River.
  • Wildlife Safari : Go on a wildlife watching safari to spot diverse fauna.

Costa Rican Coffee Tour : Costa Rica is renowned for its high-quality coffee beans. Take a coffee tour to learn about the process of coffee production, from cherry picking to brewing, and taste freshly brewed coffee.

Chocolate Tour : Discover the fascinating process of turning cacao beans into delicious chocolate. Costa Rica's tropical climate is ideal for growing cacao.

Crocodile Bridge : Experience the thrill of seeing giant crocodiles up close in their natural habitat.

Whale’s Tail at Marino Ballena National Park : This unique beach formation resembling a whale's tail offers a spectacular view during low tide.

Traditional Cuisine : Dive into Costa Rican culinary delights by trying the staple breakfast dish 'Gallo Pinto' and savoring the unique flavor of Salsa Lizano.

Local Bars : Experience authentic Costa Rican nightlife by visiting local bars, trying out 'chifrijo', and tasting local beers.

Caribbean Cuisine : On the Caribbean side, enjoy the flavors of rice and beans made with coconut milk.

Beach Hopping : With its vast coastline, Costa Rica boasts numerous beautiful beaches. Explore and find your personal paradise.

Hot Springs in Arenal : Soak in natural hot springs, a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate.

Whale Watching : Witness the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Costa Rica offers one of the longest humpback whale-watching seasons in the world.

Cold Coconut Water : Refresh yourself with 'Pipa Fria', a cold coconut water treat popular on Costa Rican beaches.

Bird Watching : With over 800 species, bird enthusiasts have a lot to explore in Costa Rica.

Night Walk : A guided night walk in the jungle introduces you to nocturnal creatures and their unique behaviors.

Futbol Game : Experience the passion for football (or soccer) in Costa Rica by catching a live match.

Local and Craft Beer : Apart from the popular local beers, Costa Rica's craft beer scene is growing, offering diverse flavors to beer aficionados.

Nauayca Waterfalls : Located in Dominical, these picturesque waterfalls are a treat for nature lovers.

Hike Corcovado National Park : Dive deep into one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and witness an array of wildlife species.

This is just a condensed list, but the full information offers a comprehensive guide for anyone planning to visit Costa Rica. With its combination of natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and thrilling adventure opportunities, it's no wonder that Costa Rica remains a top travel destination for many!

Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone, from adrenaline-pumping adventures to serene nature experiences and delightful culinary journeys. It's a destination that lures visitors with its diverse offerings and leaves them with unforgettable memories. If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, make sure to add these activities to your itinerary to make the most of your visit.

Safety and Tips for Your Adventure

  • Always listen to your guides. They're trained to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: closed-toed shoes for horseback riding and ziplining, swimsuits for tubing, and hot springs.
  • Stay hydrated. Costa Rica can get very hot, especially in the dry season.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day to protect your skin.
  • If you're not comfortable with any activity, it's okay to skip it. The goal is to have fun and enjoy your time.

❓ Why is Costa Rica so popular for tourism? Costa Rica boasts a unique blend of biodiversity, eco-friendly practices, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage, making it a favorite for travelers worldwide.

❓ Can I surf in Costa Rica? Absolutely! Places like Tamarindo, Playa Avellana, and Playa Santa Teresa offer some of the best waves for surfers.

❓ Is it safe to travel around Costa Rica? Generally, Costa Rica is safe for travelers. However, like any destination, it's essential to exercise standard safety precautions, especially in crowded areas.

❓ Which national park in Costa Rica is a must-visit? While all national parks have their unique charm, Arenal Volcano, Corcovado, and Manuel Antonio National Parks are among the top favorites.

❓ What's the best time to visit Costa Rica? The dry season, from December to April, is considered the best time to visit. However, the green season, from May to November, offers lush landscapes and fewer crowds.

In Conclusion

Costa Rica is an adventure lover's paradise. From the serene beauty of its beaches to the exhilarating adventures in its forests and volcanoes, there's something for everyone. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or someone just looking to relax and soak in nature, Costa Rica has something special to offer . So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a memorable trip!

Costa Rica is not just a destination. It's an emotion, an adventure, a story waiting to be told. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or a leisure traveler, Costa Rica has a chapter for you. So, when are you writing yours?

  • Costa Rican Tourism Board
  • Lonely Planet
  • Official website of Santa Rosa National Park

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