Nestled in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica has captured out attention thanks to its abundance of raw and rugged beauty. The nature loving country practically pioneered the concept of eco-travel so we think it’s more than appropriate to focus our attention on this side of the tourism industry. So rather than look at hotels, restaurants and shopping we’re going to shine the spotlight on the universal factor that makes Costa Rica a mecca for earth loving travelers – natural wonders! Below are just some of our favorite experiences courtesy of Mother Nature!
Conquer Arenal Volcano
Fancy working up a sweat? Take on the challenge of climbing the majestic Arenal Volcano located just 90 kilometers northwest of San Jose. At 1,670 meters the towering active andesitic stratovolcano is suitable for most fitness levels. After conquering the feat why not treat yourself to a soak at one of the surrounding hot springs? The presence of geothermal activity has created a handful of wonderful water sources that are perfect for unwinding after a hard day sweating it to the summit. We love the intimate feel of the Eco Termales Hot Springs which only accepts 100 guests at a time, making it the ultimate natural sanctuary.
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Be mystified by the Monteverde Cloudforest
Brimming with native plant and wildlife, the Monteverde Cloudforest is a must visit destination for any Costa Rica traversing nature lover. The forest is situated in the stunning Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, covering over 26,000 acres worth of land and boasting one of the highest biodiversity levels on the planet. The Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel is one of our favorite accommodation picks, featuring breath-taking views and a once in a lifetime opportunity to sleep in amongst the canopy.
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Soak up the sun on the Papagayo Peninsula
For Pacific coast goers the Papagayo Peninsula is a blissful stretch of sand found in the gorgeous marine province of Guanacaste. The striking geographical makeup of the peninsula was formed by volcanic activity and is bathed in glorious sunshine. Securing a luxury residence from exclusive private rental site such as Villas Costa Rica is the perfect place to base yourself while in town!
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Cahuita National Park
Located on the vibrant Caribbean coast, Cahuita National Park makes for a fantastic day trip. The 2,711 acre reserve is brimming with native wildlife such as white headed capuchin monkeys, eyelash vipers and the endearingly adorable sloth! For those with the luxury of time spending a week or so relaxing in nearby Puerto Viejo will make for quintessential holiday bliss. Spend your days sipping on fresh coconuts, horseback riding along the beach and sampling local seafood. If you want to recreate the sultry Caribbean feel of Cahuita in your very own home why not scatter a few of the Sitota Collection’s Coco Noir soy blend candles around the house? The creamy coconut fragrance will instantly transport you back to the heavenly slow paced life of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast.
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Have we convinced you that a trip to the eco-tourism capital of the world should be at the top of your travel agenda? Or did we miss out any of your favorite Costa Rican gems? Let us know!