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Costa Rica is an Adventure's Dream and an Outdoor Paradise.
Costa Rica is one of the most green and lush locations I have ever been. Additionally, I saw more animals there than probably any other location besides Alaska or on African Safari.
Monteverde Cloud Forest is place you must stop while in Costa Rica. We were there for two days but could have easily spent three or even four. In Monteverde you can go hiking, zip lining, take canopy tours, enjoy the scenery, and watch for wildlife. Additionally, there are coffee, chocolate and cheese tours available. While in Monteverde was stayed at the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens. While it was more than I usually spend on a hotel, it was worth every penny and I would stay again on my next trip.
it was worth every penny
Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour
Paos Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Tour
La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano is another popular spot. Before my trip, I read lots of blogs and reviews and there was a 50/50 split whether Monteverde or Arenal is better. My group votes Monteverde without hesitation. Arenal earned its place on the tourist route after its eruption in 1968. The eruption killed over 70 people and wiped out 3 villages. However, for decades afterwards the lava continued to stream down the sides of the volcano making it a rare and spectacular sight. Today the lava has stopped flowing, but the volcano is still a venting and provides wonderful photos as a single traditional cone shaped volcano.
Additionally, the geothermal activity has provided the area several hot springs and thermal spas. The destruction of the forest is the area also gives a fantastic education on the difference between primary and secondary forest and it is amazing to see nature rejuvenated itself.
lava continued to stream down the sides of the volcano making it a rare and spectacular sight.
Arenal Hot Springs
Canyoning in Arenal
Arenal Volcano Tour
I did not make it to the West Coast on this trip. I have read about some amazing nature preserves and beaches and would like to go some day. I gave it up in order to spend a day rafting on the Pacuare River. I do not regret my choice. It was a beautiful, fun, adventurous yet relaxing day outside enjoying nature and the water.
Rafting on Pacuare River in Costa Rica
Damas Mangrove Boat Tour
Blue Water Adventure - Turtle Tour
I finished my trip in Costa Rica in Pureto Viejo on the South East coast. I don't go on beach vacations and I like to be busy and active while out exploring. So while not a destination in itself, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this small Caribbean village. I have never been to the Caribbean Islands, Bali or the South Pacific, but this stop made me consider it as I definitely felt like I could have spent several days (or weeks) hanging in my cabin's hammock reading a good book or strolling up and down the beaches. And not to be missed if anywhere near the area is the Jaguar Rescue Center.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this small Caribbean village.
I was extremely pleased and impressed