Costa Rica

Costa Rica: What to Expect / Highlights

Arenal Volcano National Park

This park packs all of Costa Rica's allure into one place: incredible hiking, magnificent views, abounding wildlife and the country's most active volcano. Hiking and horseback riding tours allow you to get up close and personal with this incredible area, which encompasses close to 30,000 acres and extends into eight different life zones.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

This 34,800 acre national park is home to an intriguing combination of volcanic geological wonders and pristine tropical forests that span six life zones. Of course the main attraction is the smooth cinder cone volcano, Rincon de la Vieja (6,217 ft), comprising one of nine contiguous craters that dot the volcanic national park. Tropical forests span the park's base, providing safe haven for a host of flora and fauna. Mammals include pumas, jaguar, monkeys-howler, spider, and white-faced-kinkajous, sloths, and tapirs.

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is world renowned and an undeniably beautiful place, and considered one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas (considered top 3 worldwide by National Geographic), this virgin rain forest park with its amazing variety of wildlife invites superlatives from all who visit. The captivating visual beauty of its forest and of its coastline, with miles of uninhabited beaches and roaring cascades, draws visitors from all over the world. It encompasses the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems as well as costal marine and beach habitat.