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Best things to do in Costa Rica

From exploring rainforests to relaxing on pristine beaches, Costa Rica offers a wealth of thrilling things to see and do. Zip-wire through one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet and go in search of sloth and turtle on our Costa Rica small group tours.
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Search for sloth and howler monkey in Tortuguero

Translated as ‘land of the turtles,’ the rainforests of Tortuguero National Park reach right to the edge of the ocean. A complex network of waterways flows through this dense, tropical vegetation, home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife including sloth, howler monkey, puma, jaguar and an abundance of bird species such as the heron and kingfisher. Explore the labyrinth of canals and lagoons on our Costa Rica Discovery trip and head out at dusk to go in search of turtles on the beach.

Relax on the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park

Famed for its lush rainforests, pristine white-sand beaches and a rich variety of wildlife, Manuel Antonio National Park is a must-do activity not to be missed on a trip to Costa Rica. Sleepy sloth drape themselves over low hanging branches, and white-faced capuchin monkey play in the canopy above. Explore this thriving oasis, swim in the warm, azure-blue sea and relax on the glistening sandy beaches on our Costa Rica Coast To Coast tour.

Trek in the foothills of Arenal Volcano

Located to the north of the country, the active Arenal Volcano is a must-see attraction of Costa Rica. This perfectly conical lava mound rises from a fertile landscape of lush green hillsides and forests. Learn about a fascinating array of flora and fauna on a guided walking tour around the flanks of this mighty peak on our Costa Rica Coast To Coast tour and observe its crater from a safe viewpoint before indulging in a volcanic mud treatment in a local spa.

Zip wire through Monteverde Cloud Forest

Dare to traverse sky-high suspension bridges and whiz through the verdant canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest on an adrenalin-filled zip wire experience on our Family Costa Rica holiday. Set upon Costa Rica’s continental divide, Monteverde is a place of remarkable bio-diversity. Wind your way through giant ferns and duck beneath jade-green moss hanging from the branches while keeping a lookout for the aquamarine feathers of the rare, red-breasted resplendent quetzal.

Go whitewater rafting on Pacuare River

The wet, tropical climate and steep, mountainous landscapes of Costa Rica have resulted in a myriad of river torrents that are perfect for whitewater rafting. Tumble down fast-flowing cascades of fizzing water on the Pacuare River as it hurtles over large boulders and squeezes through tight canyons on our Explore Costa Rica trip. As the river widens, slow-moving pools offer a serene moment of calm under the rainforest canopy. Blue morpho butterfly flutter around the steep walls of the gorge and yellow-beaked toucan watch over us from above before we surge forward once more down the next breathtaking rapid.

Sample freshly picked exotic fruits in San Jose

Crowded food stalls overflow with brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables in the centre of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, where a majority of our Costa Rica small group tours begin. A far cry from the pineapples, papayas and avocados that have been flown thousands of miles to your supermarket at home, this fresh and tasty produce is grown just a stone's throw away in nearby rural farmland. Pick up a juicy mango to share with your fellow travellers, or dine in a local restaurant to sample a traditional plate of casado, a wholesome mix of rice, beans, meat and tortillas.

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