Costa Rica at a glance

Visit Costa Rica and be immersed in nature. This small country, which occupies just 0.03% of the earth's surface, contains 6% of its biodiversity. More than a quarter of its territory is dedicated to national parks and nature reserves, some of which can be visited independently by following marked routes, and others which are best seen with a guide for multi-day hikes or the thrill of night trips. One small country with many regions, each with its own treasures. Our Costa Rica travel guide aims to help you decide where to go and what to see: San Jose is in the Central Valley, home to some of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country; the Caribbean region is famous for Tortuguero National Park,
straddling land and water, and a string of beaches perfect for swimming or surfing; in the southern centre, search for the quetzal; in the Osa Peninsula, visit Corcovado National Park, the wildest in the country; on the Central Pacific side, Manuel Antonio National Park is easily accessible and rich in wildlife, and there are some beautiful beaches to visit, too; the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its perfect waves and beaches; see the cloud forests and Arenal Volcano in the northern central zone; and finally, off the coast explore the idyllic Cocos Island. The most important thing when planning any trip to Costa Rica is to get to grips with the local expression 'pura vida', which means 'great', 'life is beautiful' or 'wow', depending on the context. Learn that, and you'll be good to go.
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