Ted’s Travels – The land of National Parks
If your client wants more adventure and to be up close and personal with wildlife, if they are looking for spectacular landscapes from active volcanos to white sand beaches, rainforest, waterfalls and river rafting, Costa Rica is the country for their next holiday. With a wide variety of tourist to luxury accommodation to choose from, Costa Rica has it all.
The country is known worldwide for their impressive eco-tourism products and accommodation. From the Pacific coast to the Atlantic your client will enjoy learning about sea turtles, caimans and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park. Not only that, in Costa Rica one can see howler, spider and white face monkeys, three-toed sloths, herons, cormorants, Jesus lizards and a big variety of birds like hummingbirds and toucans.
From the lushness of the jungle we can take your clients to the scenic Arenal volcano and surroundings, where after touring some of the traditional villages, they can engage in one of the best action seeking activities: Arenals’ Hanging Bridges offers 3km walk through the rainforest canopy. One of the most important and meaningful birds for the Mayans since pre-Columbian times is the Quetzal, your clients might be able to spot thanks to the protection of Costa Rica’s natural landscape. Around 25% of the national territory (1,304 hectares) is protected and constituted as National Park or reserves, 161 in total, even two of them are considered World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Want to increase the chances of watching a Quetzal? Monteverde, one of the most famous ecotourism destinations, it’s the best option!
Finish the day and relax in the Hot Springs Pools in Tabacon. But if you clients want more adrenaline then the Sky Tram and Trek Zipline offers a panoramic view of Arenal Volcano and jungle canopy. The visit includes 8 cross sectional cables with a maximum height of 200 meters and 2.7km of length.
Costa Rica also offers amazing coffee plantations, so on the way to Poas Volcano we can arrange a stop at the Doka Coffee State to taste the flavours of Costa Rican coffee. At Poas Volcano they will be able to admire the main crater with sulphur fumaroles.
Other incredible national parks not to miss is the Manuel Antonio National Park, considered the most beautiful park in the country with white sand beaches along the tropical rainforest alive with wildlife. And don’t forget about the country’s capital city of San Juan!
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Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au