Guest Post from my blogger friend and mutual Costa Rica Lover, Ann Creed, from Costa Rica Learn.
I’ve been working for 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. One of those many things that I have learned is that the country is now at the forefront of World Ecotourism.
If you ask me to find the special places out there, I would certainly recommend some unique eco-tourism sites for nature lovers. I would also highly recommend them to every eco-tourist.
Ecotourism of Costa Rica – Nature Lover’s Paradise
1. Tortuguero Canals
This unique place is on the Caribbean (Atlantic) side of Costa Rica. I have written thoroughly about it in my extensive articles on Mawamba Lodge and the Tortuguero Canals.
2. Poas Volcano National Park
This place is situated 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-see site. You can see the place and learn more about Costa Rican 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!
4. Arenal Volcano National Park and Arenal Lake
The Arenal Volcano area is one of the best for outdoor adventure lovers looking to do some eco-tours in Costa Rica. That is because you get to do hikes on the slopes of the volcano, visit gorgeous waterfalls hidden in the first and bathe in naturally heated hot springs.
For those looking for more adventure, you can go on zip-line tours, air trams, and huge hanging bridges.
5. Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja is one of the best places an ecotourist can be! It is situated in the southwestern Pacific and is one of the most remote national parks in Costa Rica. This is a great place to visit stunning waterfalls. It also encompasses two volcanoes. This means that there are endless tours available, including camping, swimming, and hiking.
6. Corcovado National Park and Cano Island
This is one of the best places you can find in all Central America, known for its rich wildlife and birds. Corcovado National Park is actually a primary rain forest and has a lot of unusual and beautiful trees. 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 very attractive scenery out there. And trust me, you can never sleep there, I mean, sleep won’t come at all!
Other Eco Tours in Costa Rica to Go on
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 see 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 is another nature lover’s paradise that 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 Sloth refuge 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.
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