Located on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, the stunning Tortuguero National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. It is celebrated for its prolific bird and animal life, and the best way to experience this is on an organized boat tour along the canals. The park is a protected breeding area for green sea turtles, and nocturnal tours can be arranged during July to September to observe them nesting.
Founded in 1954 by a group of Quakers, Monteverde is today a laid-back community composed of dairy farmers naturalists and those working in tourism . The Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve now protects an area of approximately 25,000 acres, comprising six different 'life zones' and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano consists of a perfect cone which has erupted ten or eleven times in its history, most recently in 1998. Today, the volcano is a popular tourist destination because of the frequency of mini-eruptions, each one accompanied by loud booms and glowing hot lava spilling down the sides of the cone.
Costa Ricans claim that Manuel Antonio National Park possesses the most beautiful beaches in the world, with its rainforest-backed white sands, dramatic rocky headlands and abundant wildlife. Set amidst the jungle-clad hills outside the park, there are many low-key comfortable hotels. Packages may also be arranged for other beach destinations such as Punta Islita.
Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is a protected wilderness area, covering a large portion of the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific coast. It offers the greatest bio-diversity of all Costa Rican parks and over 400 species of bird, including large populations of the beautiful scarlet macaw. The park consists of shallow lagoons, marshes, mangrove swamps, rivers, rainforest and 46km of untouched coastline.