Costa Rica is a country nestled in Central America. Nicaragua is bordered to the north and Panama to the southeast. This volcano littered country attracts droves of tourists throughout the year due to the mild tropical temperatures, world renowned bio-diversity, beaches, and adventure activities that can be enjoyed year round. It’s all possible due to the geographical location of Costa Rica: close to the equator. The other cool thing about Costa Rica found only in this part of the world is the oceans bordering each side of the country. In 10 days you can easily travel from the Caribbean Ocean to the Pacific! The adventure in between will be filled with excitement and great memories. Below are some perfect activities to keep you busy along a coast to coast tour of Costa Rica.
Explore the Canopy
The canopy in Costa Rica is an amazing natural wonder to be seen in this region of the world. The large trees that reach into the sky provide cover for the ground below creating the Canopy. During a canopy tour a naturalist guide will give the history of the tropical forest, an overview of the animals that call this place home, and the efforts taken to conserve the rain forest. These canopy tours are not only interesting but great for photography lovers looking for photos of insects, mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles all around.
There are a variety of bird species that call Costa Rica home. Due to the near constant temperatures, many species live here year round. Bird watching is a definite go to when crossing the country. It can be enjoyed as a casual part of the trip or a more serious activity for those into this popular hobby. A guide can also be used to enhance the experience with education, better spotting, and knowing where to go depending on the species.
The Origins of Coffee
The coffee bean is a very important crop to people all over the world. Every year billions of them are grown and shipped to be consumed by most cultures of the world. But where does it all begin? Costa Rica is one of these places. The tropical temperatures, type of soil, and amount of rain fall make the conditions perfect for growing the coffee bean. There are many plantations throughout the country that supply the world’s coffee addicts out there. While Costa Rica was once a mass producer of coffee, they now focus on higher quality beans and product. Tour a coffee plantation in Costa Rica to get an idea of how it all comes together and lands in the morning cup.
Discover Active Volcanoes
Volcano eruptions can be the most deadly natural occurrence on the planet. But they can also be the most beautiful! There are several volcanoes in Costa Rica that helped form the country and some are still very active. When on vacation in Costa Rica, take a tour of the volcanoes scattered all over the country. The Arenal Volcano is world famous due to its perfect cylindrical shape that constantly erupted for over 10 years! Though it is more dormant now there was no place in the world like this. Poás Volcano (2708m ) is still active and its colorful crater is one of the widest and deepest in the world that is accessible by road. You can stand on the edge and look down into its cauldron of colorful colors and steaming vents!
Best Beaches of Caribbean & Pacific
We can’t tell you about a coast to coast tour of Costa Rica without mentioning a couple of the best beaches! On the Pacific coast Manuel Antonio beach is regarded as one of the best in the world. It’s located near Puntarenas province and is teeming with colors, monkeys, birds, warm blue waters, and everything else you want in a relaxing beach. Tortuguero National Park is on the Caribbean coast and makes a perfect starting point for a bi-coastal journey. The park is filled with idyllic beaches and ecotourism adventures. This is the place to see the famous nesting sea turtles and their little babies head off to sea for the first time.
If this isn’t getting you amped for an awesome adventure in Costa Rica we don’t know what will! Take advantage of this countries unique offerings and knock off the easiest coast to coast trip in North America! Our travel club is heading back here for a similar journey in March of 2013. Join our Costa Rica tour if you want to experience the country the way we described above!