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Costa Rica: Accessible Adventure, Beauty, and Incredible Nature

Updated on March 16, 2013

Wild, Beautiful, and Facinating

Costa Rica is a place of contrasts. From the beautiful beaches, to the little shacks; from the tiny golden butterfly cocoons to the gigantic rain forest canopy filled with animals and danger.

Interested in visiting a place with adventure, friendly people, relaxing beaches and resorts, and a wide variety of activities? Costa Rica is the place to go!

Whether you're hanging from a rope in the huge canopy of trees in the rain forest or lying on the sunny beaches, you'll be sure to want to return to this fascinating country.

Cliff Hanger

Cliff Hanger
Cliff Hanger

Gorgeous Butterflies with Irridescent Blue Wings

I've never seen butterflies like this before Costa Rica. They are absolutely astounding! This one looked almost like a normal moth, but when it fluttered its wings there was blue iridescent light coming from inside where the wings had been folded. So amazing!

If you like butterflies and cocoons and everything surrounding this incredible insect, Costa Rica is the place to see them!

Same Butterfly with Wings Closed!

Same Butterfly with Wings Closed!
Same Butterfly with Wings Closed!

Things You Can Do in Costa Rica on One Visit - That's What I Said--One Visit!

The variety is endless, but my list will have to be short. The following are some of the interesting activities one can participate in when they visit Costa Rica:

  • Feed a "float" of hungry crocodiles.
  • Visit the butterfly farm and watch gorgeous butterflies emerge from even more amazing cocoons.
  • Lie on the beach and sun yourself.
  • Swim in the waves of the warm ocean.
  • Rappel from the gigantic canopy in the rain forest from tree to tree.
  • Visit the shops and buy locally-made souvenirs.
  • Go on a hike to the top of an active volcano.
  • Hike to beautiful waterfalls that defy explanation.
  • Have some awesome freshgrown coffee!

Where to Go for Your First Stop, That's the Question!

Do you know what a group of crocodiles is called? The word for a group of two or more crocodiles is a "float."

In Costa Rica, you can visit floats of crocodiles and feed them chickens! Talk about a feeding frenzy!

It's a lot more exciting to do this sort of thing in the wild than it is at some confined zoo. The danger is real, the animals are wild, and the excitement is worth it!

Incredible Flowers That Look Like They're from Another Planet

Incredible Flowers That Look Like They're from Another Planet
Incredible Flowers That Look Like They're from Another Planet

Love Cliffhangers?

There are plenty here! Whether you're hanging over a waterfall, swinging from the trees in the rain forest, or peering into an active volcano, there are no shortages of adventures for the non-acrophobic!

Not for the Faint of Heart!

Not for the Faint of Heart!
Not for the Faint of Heart!

Not a Simple Procedure--You Need Gear. They've Got It Ready for You!

Not a Simple Procedure--You Need Gear. They've Got It Ready for You!
Not a Simple Procedure--You Need Gear. They've Got It Ready for You!

And You Need a Rope

And You Need a Rope
And You Need a Rope

Beautiful Butterfly Emerging from Its Cocoon

Beautiful Butterfly Emerging from Its Cocoon
Beautiful Butterfly Emerging from Its Cocoon

You Can See Toucans in Costa Rica

We're not talking about some lame thing in a zoo, we're talking about the real McCoy in the jungle! They're beautiful and fascinating birds and they are plentiful in the rain forests of Costa Rica.

Great Stuff on Amazon - About Costa Rica, of course!

If you love orchids, this is the place to see them!

If you love orchids, this is the place to see them!
If you love orchids, this is the place to see them!

Love Orcas and Dolphins Humpback Whales? Costa Rica Is the Place to Get Up Close and Personal

Costa Rica--land of diversity!

A Rambotang--It's Edible!

A Rambotang--It's Edible!
A Rambotang--It's Edible!

See, the Inside is Yummy and Sweet!

See, the Inside is Yummy and Sweet!
See, the Inside is Yummy and Sweet!

The Sunsets Are Beautful, of Course!

Picture yourself on this beach. I can definitely picture myself there! The sunsets are beautiful and the beaches are just waiting for you.

Waterfalls That Are Most Astounding

In the rain forest there are incredible waterfalls that send their spray out for a mile around. They're some of the loveliest I've ever seen in a jungle!

The Canopy of the Rain Forest

Talk about cliffhangers, this is the way to do it if you love adventure! Rappelling from the canopy of the rain forest that is so far up you're almost in the clouds! Definitely not for the faint of heart, for sure!

Incredible Cocoons

I've never seen cocoons this beautiful till I saw these. They are every iridescent color along with gold and silver arranged in ways the most inventive of man could never think of! A sure testament to the fact that God created them!

What do you think of this lens? Did you enjoy the photos? Did it give you any inspiration to visit Costa Rica?

I'd love to hear from you!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Chelilai 6 years ago

      @SciTechEditorDave: Thanks a lot for your kind comments! I need to check out your lenses on those places and favorite and lensroll them, etc. Happy New Year!

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow. Nice lens! I'm a fan of the tropics! (Too blasted cold here in the U.S. mainland!) I have lenses on Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of Palau (Belau), and the Philippines (among many others). I agree with your thoughts on the exotic flowers, butterflies, and what it's like to see crocodiles and other dangerous critters in the wild--I've seen them too! Definitely you've got a great lens here! I've thumbs-upped, liked, favorited, and lensrolled your masterpiece! Congrats on a great job!

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      Chelilai 8 years ago

      [in reply to The_Bard] I do have a lens on Palau. I believe it's at www.squidoo.com/Palau-or-Belau Something like that. Thanks for the thumbs up, Bard!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! I would love to see the butterflies and other wildlife in Costa Rica. Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. We look forward to seeing your other travel related lenses in our group. Keep up the good work.

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      Chelilai 8 years ago

      Thanks, Paul! That's a good idea. I was there so long I wouldn't know where to start. I think sometimes it's easier to give interesting glimpses of a place when you just visit for a bit than when you live there most of your life. Everything in Palau seems so "normal" to me. I'll have to think about it. Thanks for visiting and for your high five!

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      The-Bard 8 years ago

      Wow! You grew up in Palau! Fantastic! I know where it is! You should make a lens about that.

      High five for this excellent one! - Paul