Ted’s Travels, Costa Rica, a nature lover’s paradise
From lowland jungles to rolling savannahs, volcanic peaks to misty cloud forests, rugged Pacific headland to endless white Caribbean beaches, every region of Costa Rica reveals something unique. Its variety of altitudes provides it with a huge range of climates. In fact, the country has twelve of the planet’s eighteen life zones, which means it’s an ideal destination for wildlife spotting. Over 850 bird species have been identified in this small country – which is more than the United States and Canada combined!
If you are a first time visitor, make sure to include the regions of Tortugero, Arenal, and Monteverde in your itinerary for an all-encompassing ecotourism sample of the country.
Arrive at the country’s capital, San Jose, and wander through the local markets to get a sense of what ‘pura vida’ (sheer life), the country’s motto, really means. After a couple of days, make your way to Tortugero National Park and explore its extensive networks of canals and lagoons to spot wildlife such as monkeys, turtles, and caimans.
The mighty Arenal volcano is not too far away from Tortugero. Start with a visit to Arenal’s Hanging Bridges for a 3km walk through the rainforest canopy. You can also walk through the rainforest to reach an impressive lava lookout point. To finish the day, you can head to La Fortuna Waterfall for an inviting dip in its cool waters or, alternatively, relax in the natural pools of Tabacon Hot Springs.
Finish your trip at Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the best birdwatching destinations the country has to offer. Some travellers have sighted up to 150 different species in a day! Common species in this area include toucans, scarlet macaws, and the beautiful Quetzal.
Don’t hesitate in contacting us if you want to learn more about this striking country. I’ve been travelling to the region for over forty years, so you can rest assured, I know Latin America by heart!
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