With the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Costa Rica offers a diverse geography of beach, mountains, volcanos, and tropical forests. This tiny Central American country may account for just 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface, yet is home to six percent of the world’s biodiversity. What to expect? Three major types of tropical rain forests, and plenty of authentic cuisine, playful zip lines, yoga hot spots, and stellar surf.
With large canopy trees and heavy precipitation, Costa Rica’s rain forests are blanketed by up to 200 inches of rain fall per year. From animals to plants, species are diverse and plentiful. No need for an alarm clock here; rowdy howler monkeys signal early morning while you sip authentic Costa Rican coffee (reason enough to visit). Additionally, don’t be surprised if a few hang above you during morning beach yoga at Latitude 10 Resort. Namaste!
Zip Lines + Lazy Lunches
Next, head to the inland mountains of the Costa Rican Cloud Forest. Engage your senses in the fog and damp air while flying high through the canopy forest via a high-altitude zip line. Hold on tight— you may not be able to see the end platform located high in the clouds. After a delicious farm-to-table lunch at Senda Monteverde, tour a local coffee or cocoa farm for late-afternoon treats.
Surf + Turf
Head south to the Osa Peninsula for a tropical lowland rainforest experience. Maccaws and toucans soar overhead, offering top global birding experiences. You may even spy a sloth or two while hiking the waterfalls at Lapa Rios EcoLodge, a National Geographic Unique Hotel of the World that protects 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest. What’s more? Surf the cerulean waves at sunset at four nearby beaches. Ride long, right-breaking waves that unfurl around the point—an excellent spot to hang ten, Costa Rican style.
3 Fun Facts:
1. The literacy rate in Costa Rica is the highest in Latin America; over 95 percent among 18-24 year olds.
2. Enough monkey-ing around! Four species of monkeys swing from the trees. Bring your binoculars.
3. Zip-lining was invented in Costa Rica in 1979, and was originally used to study the rain forests. It’s now an adrenaline-filled way to fly through the three different forests of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
To plan your adventure and experience all that Costa Rica offers please contact Peter Tibble.