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When Costa Rica became known internationally as a top ecotourism destination, one of the activities most commonly promoted in advertisements was whitewater rafting. That's because the country has many rivers that thread across varied landscapes,...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
While it's not recommended for people who are afraid of the dark or who tend to feel claustrophobic in small spaces, travelers who like adventures demanding physical fitness will likely enjoy a cave hike in Barra Honda National Park. A guide leads...
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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
While you may be keeping your eyes open for the end goal—Bijagual is one of Costa Rica's tallest and loveliest waterfalls—stay attentive on the trek to get there and you'll likely see toucans, macaws and other brightly colored tropical birds...
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Though nearly 2,743 meters (9,000 feet) in height, Poás Volcano is not Costa Rica's tallest active volcano (that distinction goes to Irazú), but it has plenty of superlatives to fascinate visitors, including two crater lakes near its summit. One...
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The Cocalito Waterfall is an unusual cascade in that the water tumbling over the cliff empties not into its own freshwater pool, but directly into the ocean. Along the path leading to the falls you're likely to see brightly colored crabs and the...
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The golden-sand beach of Playa Tambor, fringed with coconut palms and sea grapes, makes for a postcard-perfect afternoon of horseback riding along the waterfront of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Even novice riders will find a horse that suits...
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36, Limón Province, Costa Rica
Even if you don't consider yourself an animal person, it's hard to resist the odd charm of the sloth, one of the most easily spotted mammals in Costa Rica. Easiest of all, though, is spotting them at this Cahuita sanctuary dedicated to their care....
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126, Heredia, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Whether you're the type of conscientious consumer who cares about where your food comes from or you just happen to love chocolate a lot, the 2.5-hour tour of a cacao plot within the Tirimbina Biological Reserve is a day trip made for you. A guide...
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152, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
The end of our first day of surf camp with Waves Costa Rica. They started us on the calmer waves on a beach south of Jaco.
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Early morning smoke from the active volcano
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Cartago Province, Costa Rica
The lush central valley of Costa Rica = lots of coffee.
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Dominical, Puntarenas Province, Savegre, Costa Rica
Costa Rica's untouched beauty sets this country apart from other popular beach and surf destinations. The small village of Dominical, in particular, offers one of the country's most beautiful coastlines for enjoying nature on its own.
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Sightseeing is fantastic -- especially when viewing the sights up close and personal while rigged up to rappelling equipment. Going to Costa Rica anytime soon? Forget the jungle zip lines and opt for waterfall rappelling if you're looking for...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
With Volcan Arenal nearby La Fortuna has several hot springs perfect for relaxing those tired muscles of yours after a day of hiking. There are a handful of options including ritzy all inclusive spa resorts but when my friend and I were traveling...
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Fortuna, San José, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
In a country dependent on agricultural exports, Finca Burio (5 minutes from Fortuna) educates visitors and locals about more sustainable practices. Don Juan and his family bring biodynamic farming to life as you tour their property which bursts...