Costa Rica Tours

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PA2 Panama & Costa Rica Tour

17 days from Panama City to San Jose

This bounteous Central American country is one that is often overlooked by the traveller, a factor which, for many, only adds to its allure. We begin…

CS2 Costa Rica & Guatemala Tour

19 days from San Jose to Guatemala City

Arriving in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose puts us in prime position to explore one of the country's largest and most abundant national parks --…

PA3 Panama & Costa Rica Tour

23 days from Panama City to Managua

Gliding through the waters of one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Panama Canal, is the first of many adventures on this exciting…

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Nestled between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the peaceful yet no less forgiving Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica has earned the nickname 'Little Switzerland' on account of its managing to remain impartial and unaffected by torrid upheavals caused by or involving its neighbours. It was the first ever nation to abolish its military when it did so in 1949 and has since won a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its promotion of diplomacy over confrontational activity.

These days, Costa Rica is known as a tropical haven with cloud forests, serene lakes, and plentiful wildlife. As one of the world’s most biodiverse countries with over a quarter of the land dedicated to environmental protection, it is no wonder that Costa Rica tours attract the nature lover.

Historically, pre-Columbian indigenous settlements included the furthest extent of both the Andean and Mesoamerican cultures. Ceramics, arrows and other artifacts found in Costa Rica date back to 7000 BC, however as most cultures were hunter-gatherers, very little in terms of ancient ruins exist compared to other Central American countries.

The Spanish arrived in 1502, naming the land ‘the rich coast’ after discovering gold jewelry with the native inhabitants. However, the interests by the Spanish didn’t last long allowing Costa Rica to develop mostly on its own.

Similar to its neighbours, sugar plantations did eventually get introduced into Costa Rica along with banana and cocoa, but the most important economic crop became coffee after being planted in the 19th century. The mountainous regions of Costa Rica create microclimates where heavy rainfall, cooler climates and volcanic soils create optimal growing conditions.

Found in the Ring of Fire, Costa Rica has over 200 volcanoes of which only five are considered active. One active volcano, the Arenal Volcano, is a highlight on any Costa Rica tour. One can marvel at the 1670 m tall volcano or soak at the Baldi Hot Springs (located near Arenal and outside the Risk Zones established by the National Prevention of Risks and Emergency Commission). Here a geothermally-heated river flows through beautifully landscaped grounds featuring many plant and tree species and great birdlife.

Further areas in Costa Rica have become known as wildlife hot spots. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve area is covered in a mantle of moss, ferns and orchids, this private reserve is home to over 400 species of birds and a great number of animals. The forest is created by the winds, particular temperature and moisture conditions, and mountainous topography which combine during the dry season to hold a steady cloud cover along the continental divide. During our Costa Rica tours, one can observe orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns that obscure their branches, while an exuberance of begonias, heliconias, philodendron and many other tropical plants in every available space on the ground.

In addition to magnificent forests, Costa Rica has a vast network of waterways. Tortuguero Park is a water thoroughfare which is a 160 km (100 mile) stretch of natural rivers, lagoons and estuaries, and connecting man-made waterways that run almost to the Nicaraguan border. The canal is the main "highway" of the northern coastal region, complete with directional signs and branches from the main trunk route.

Whether exploring by boat, bus or foot, Costa Rica tours offer the chance to get up close with an abundance of nature in one of Central America’s finest countries.

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