The Wildness Paradise
>> Description ? The prime eco-tourism destination in Central America, Costa Rica boost 25% of its territory under National Parks or Wildlife Refuges, 9 active volcanoes and 5% of all life forms on earth...
>> Why go there ? Play Indiana Jones in the jungle or cloud forest / Play Tarzan above the canopy / Watch a volcanic eruption / Listen to some of the 850 species of birds / Snorkel toward colorful fishes / Surf the best wave in Central America / Wind surf a huge lake / Get wet on a class V river / Horse ride toward a waterfall
>> Drawbacks ? The higher cost to visit / The tourist crowd during high season / The high entrance fees / The difficulty & cost to reach some national parks / The lack of cultural attractions / The wait at the bus stations
>> Cultural Highlights ? Not much here... Possibly the Caribbean culture found on the North Coast with Creole cuisine, dominos games and reggae atmosphere...
>> Natural Highlights ? The eruption of Volcano Arenal, the most active and studied volcano in the area / The beaches of P.N. Manuel Antonio, home of big lizards and monkeys / The "perfect wave" of Puerto Viejo / Any big colorful bird / The wildness of Corcovado N.P. meaning lots of wildlife-spotting opportunities / Kayaking Tortuguero, one of the most important green sea turtle nesting area (between July & October) /
>> How long ? Two weeks for a basic tour. One more week for adventures in the remote parks.
>> Budget ? $15 per day in the low season, $20 minimum in the peak season. Plus the entrance fees.
>> Visa ? Not necessary. 90 days on arrival for most westerners.
>> When to go ? During the low (or "green") season in April (after Eastern), May or November. June, September & October also possible but more rain.