Guest Post from my blogger friend and mutual Costa Rica Lover, Ann Creed, from Costa Rica Learn.
I’ve been working many years as a travel agent specializing in Costa Rica. As a result, now I pretty much know everything about this small yet unique country. The country is now on the forefront of World Ecotourism.
If you ask me to find out the special places out there, I would certainly recommend some unique eco-tourism sites for the nature lovers. I would also highly recommend them to every eco-tourist.
Nature Lover’s Paradise: Unique ecotourism destinations
2. Poas Volcano National Park: This place is situated in approximately 15 miles north of Alajuela in the Central Valley. Poas Volcano is inactive at the moment, however, you can cherish the beautiful view you find there. It is a very large and beautiful geyser which, after looking down on it, you can see a large blue-green gurgling of pool of hot steam.
3. Doka Plantation Four Generations Coffee Tour, Costa Rica: If you are at the Poas Volcano area, just drive five miles outside of Alajuela for a must seen site. You can see the place and learn more about coffee. You can see how it is handpicked, processed and packaged according to quality before it is exported. You can taste the different varieties of coffee here to make your decisions, and of course, they give you some of it as a souvenir!
5. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: One of the best place a ecotourist can be! It is situated in south western Pacific and is one of the most remote national parks in Costa Rica.
6. Corcovado National Park and Cano Island: This place can be said that one of the best places you can find in all Central America, familiar for its rich wildlife and birds. Corcovado National Park is actually a primary rain forest and has a lot of unusual trees, some with buttress of 4 meters in diameter. I would recommend you to visit the park with a guide because if you are alone, you might easily get lost in the dense and unforgiving forest. You can take a boat ride from the side-places to Cano Island which can remind you about Robinson Crusoe. With beautiful long stretches of unspoiled beaches to stroll upon, it is a day trip from the mainland. The place is uninhabited and you can find a very attractive scenery out there. And trust me, you can never sleep there, I mean, sleep won’t come at all!
Special Interest Tours can be done in 1 or 2 day or 1 day
1. Rancho Margot “ Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal: If you want to see all the food growing organically, electricity driven by water powered generators, a unique setting allowing you to seen the beauty of Lake Arenal and a mighty river that runs through the middle of the property, this self sustaining ranch (learning center) is the place for you. This another nature loverâ€™s paradise allows you to have a guided tour of the ranch or horseback rides to the peak with a view of lake Arenal you will never find anywhere else. The ranch also offers several beautiful bungalows for their guest and their food in the restaurant is awesome. You can also find a yoga center on the banks of the river there.
2. Sloth refuge, Aviarios del Caribe: The beautiful place is located around 19 miles south of Limon on the Caribbean coast. This is an excellent place for the treatment for the injured sloths. The injured ones are taken here, then after that, they are nursed back on the wild. Judy and her husband Larry built up this refugee camp and will charge around $25 for a tour. You will be able to see the learning of the baby sloths at the first hand and also will be able to learn about this strange creature’s lifestyle. The main attraction of this place is Buttercup, who was the first to be rescued from the highway when she was only a few months old and thus, the journey of the refugee camp had begun since.