Costa Rica Tours and Travel Guide

The Republic of Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua and Panama. The Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean provide miles and miles of beautiful coastline on both sides of the country. It most certainly is a "rich coast" -just as the name implies. Its highest point is at Cerro Cherripo, at an elevation of 3820 meters above sea level. The Irrazi Volcano draws many visitors each year as well. The inland area shelters Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica.

National parks and museums make wonderful educational stops on Costa Tours. Families with children will appreciate these unusual and interesting locations. The history of Costa Rica's varied culture is a fascinating complement to fun days on the beach. In San Jose, the Museo de Oro has a rare and varied collection of pre-Columbian figures crafted in pure gold. The Jade Museum displays ceramics, gold miniatures, and the largest collection of jade in the realm. The Entomological Museum displays natural beauty in the preservation of "flying jewels" in the form of tropical butterflies.

All Costa Rica tours should include a visit to The Corcovado National Park. The endangered Baird's Tapir and Harpy Eagle live in its lowland rainforest. The dense undergrowth of the park shelters margay, puma, jaguar, and ocelot. These predators hunt the many mammals that share the forest. Camping in the Corcovado is permitted. Ranger stations have bunk accommodations, and organized tours can be arranged.

Another attractive national park is the Tortuguero. This park has the Humedal Caribe Noreste, an area of natural wetlands that can only be reached by air or boat. This remote location draws many visitors every year with its pristine beauty. Endangered animals make this park their home. Protected turtle nesting sites are very common. The loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, and green turtles all have safe haven for nesting sites within the Tortuguero. Costa Rica tours can be educational as well as enjoyable.