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Costa Rica National Park Tour Package

Updated on June 10, 2013
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

National Parks of Costa Rica

Costa Rica's national parks and reserves are "the" place to experience not only the micro-climates and various habitats but give you the best encounters with the country's wildlife.

Costa Rica's national parks are all very different and each one offers a unique experience for its visitors.

I've lived in the country now for almost three years and I've only begun to explore them!

From volcanoes and waterfalls, cloud forests to beautiful beaches - there really is something for everyone when it comes to visiting Costa Rica (and it's parks).

If you are hoping to experience the best and most exotic of Costa Rica's wildlife, the national parks of the country will not disappoint you.

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Taking Costa Rica Tours To A Whole New Level

I came across this Costa Rica National Parks tour package today and I was blown away.

As a Costa Rica travel agent, I make sure that the trips that I put together for clients always include a visit to one of the national parks of Costa Rica.

This 8 day tour is packed with not only one but four of Costa Rica's top national parks!

I couldn't believe it!

All the time I was reading their tour information all I kept thinking to myself was - uh, why didn't I think of that?

Tour Highlights

For anyone visiting Costa Rica, the opportunity to visit four of these amazing parks in one trip is a guaranteed successful trip, maybe the most unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

Here are some of the trip highlights:

Hike through Rincon de la Vieja National Park which is home to 9 volcanoes, pools of thermal mud (ultimate spa treatment) as well as a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole called the Blue Lagoon. (Yes, it's as great as it sounds.)

Next head over to Manuel Antonio, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks on the planet.

The park contains 4 different breathtaking Pacific coast beaches. Here you can see over 109 land animals such as monkeys, sloths, toucans.

Look out to the ocean to see dolphins and migrating whales.

After some time at the beach, head back in to the mountains to see the most popular tourist destination in the entire country - the majestic Arenal Volcano.

Spend time in the lovely town of La Fortuna, visit a thermal spring resort or hike to the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall.

Next you will be taken to one of the most rare and amazing eco-systems in the world, the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Take a walk through the cloud covered jungle canopy on a hanging bridge or try zip-lining in the place where zip lining first began, Costa Rica!

The tour includes transportation by tourismo (mini bus) within the country to each of the different locations. Your hotel accommodations include breakfast each day. (Visit the bottom of the article to find out how to get the full details for this tour.)

You can also extend your trip by adding a few nights stay at one of the all inclusive resorts located on the beautiful beaches of Guancaste, Costa Rica.

That's why I was so thrilled to find this tour package.

A chance to experience any of these places would make a trip to Costa Rica but a chance to see four parks in one trip, truly unforgettable.

Keep reading for more detailed information about the Costa Rica National parks you can visit on this tour.

Volcanic Landscapes

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja (meaning corner of the old woman) National Park is home to 9 different volcanic craters, some dormant and some still active.

Its landscape is almost other worldly, taking you to a unique landscape of volcanoes, thermal waters, waterfalls, spewing geysers and sulphuric mud pits.

The park contains a plethora of wildlife, including over 300 species of birds, including the sought after quetzal, elegant trogan, eagles and three-wattled bell birds. Mammals include jaguars, cougars, monkeys, sloths and tapirs.

9 Volcanoes, bubbling geysers and waterfalls

4 Beaches Packed With Wildlife

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Although Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest of the national parks in the country, it also one of the most popular. Within the park's borders are four beautiful beaches (called playas in Spanish) that the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is known for.

Playa Espadilla Sur is the longest beach of the four, which makes it the least crowded. Swimming here can be dangerous due to rip tides however snorkeling is excellent in the small tide pools.

Playa Manuel Antonio is a beautiful white sand beach that is in a protected cove, perfect conditions for swimming.

The two less accessed beaches of the park are Playa Escondido (hidden beach) and Playa Playita. When heading to Playa Escondido make sure to pay attention to the tides so that you don't get stuck with no way to get back. Playa Playita is known as Costa Rica's only "nude beach" although its not officially so.

Along with enjoying these beautiful beaches you can also hike through the short trails that run throughout the park. Manuel Antonio's wildlife includes three species of monkeys, two and three toed sloths, coatis, sea turtles as well as a wide variety of bird species.

Transport yourself to Manuel Antonio

Volcanoes & Waterfalls

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the rainforest in the center of the country. At its heart is the majestic Arenal Volcano which up until the end of 2010 was the most active volcano in the country (it has now entered in to a dormant stage). The park also contains a second volcano, Chato, who's crater contains a lake.

The area protects eight of Costa Rica's twelve life zones contained in the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. Here you can hike through the trails in the park observing wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, deer, coati and jaguar.

Located in the nearby town of La Fortuna is the La Fortuna waterfall, which you can hike to and spend the afternoon swimming in the pool below it.

Journey Through The Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest is considered the most well known cloud forest in the world. Conservation efforts here to protect one of the most special habitats which contains 2.5% of the world's bio-diversity.

A visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest is also the opportunity to step on the Continental Divide - you can step with one foot on the Pacific side and one foot on the Caribbean side. (Fun photo opportunity.)

Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the best examples of eco-tourim in the world. 100% of the money collected from visitors goes towards education, preservation and research efforts.

The nearby Santa Elena preserve offers a similar experience as the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a unique park as it is run by the community of Santa Elena instead of the government. This park is less traveled then Monteverde but will still give you a great experience of the cloud forest and its unique wildlife.

How To Find This Tour

This tour is run by one of the trusted leaders in tour travel. Each year they help people travel to over 100 destinations world wide. They are also a sustainable, carbon neutral travel agency which means you will not only experience the trip of a lifetime but you will do it without any negative effects on the environment.

You can find more information about this 8 day tour package through Costa Rica Hook-Up.

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