Costa Rica

Costa Rica extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea over a distance of barely 200 miles. The total land mass occupies only 20 thousand square miles.

From wet, dry, tropical, and temperate forests to volcanoes, beaches, high mountains, and marshy lowlands, Costa Rica is home to bewilderingly diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna.

Costa Rica is one of the world's most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its biodiversity. It has been stated that Costa Rica may contain as much as 6% of the world's plant and animal species in an area that is the combined size of the U.S. states of Vermont and New Hampshire. Both tropical plant and animal species abound in Costa Rica. Some of the more impressive plants range from huge ficus trees with epiphytes abounding on their limbs to approximately 1500 different orchids. The animals are equally as impressive, whether it's a jaguar (the largest cat in the New World), the ever-elusive Margay, or the wonderful birds like the green or scarlet macaws (lapas in Costa Rican Spanish). The amphibians are also quite eye-catching, especially the poison dart frogs with their bright colors and the giant cane toads.

Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast," constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949 and it is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. The current population is around 4.6 million.


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Arenal, Monteverde & Beach

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,795.00
Take your pick of activities around Arenal Volcano, explore nature at its fullest at the Monteverde Cloudforest, finish at a central Pacific beach hotel.

Costa Rica Adventure

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $2,150.00
This tour combines three natural highlights of Costa Rica: the Pacuare River, the Arenal Volcano and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica Exploration

Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
From: $2,117.00
Immerse yourself in nature at three distinct ecosystems: Caribbean coast, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest; finishing up on the wide sweeping beaches of the northern Pacific coast.

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Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens

Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel and oasis of tranquility located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Lapa Rios Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe ecolodge set in a private 1000-acre nature reserve overlooking the Golfe Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Lapa Rios is paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers.
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel.

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