5 National Parks to Add to Your Costa Rica Adventure Tours


“Pura Vida” is the favorite expression of every Costa Rican inhabitant. It means “Pure Life” – which encompasses the Costa Rican appreciation for nature. Around 25% of Costa Rican land is filled with over 46 national parks, wildlife refuges and private reserves.

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Most vacationers opting for Costa Rica adventure tours packages soak in the hot springs, photograph playful monkeys in the treetops, hike along the hidden yet beautiful waterfalls or unwind on the Caribbean and Pacific beaches.

This natural paradise is never short on adventure tours either with options ranging from hiking to atop of active volcanoes to zip lining through the jungle canopies. In short and simple words, Costa Rica is an amazing country; and there’s no doubt about it.

Starting from their “Pura Vida” lifestyle to spectacular scenery everywhere you look at and all the wildlife available there – this awe-inspiring haven will blow you away. Here are 5 top national parks that should be on your list for adventure tours in Costa Rica:

  1. Manuel Antonio National Park

One of the most popular national parks throughout Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is famed for its incredible blend of stunning beaches and scenic nature. Remember, you won’t forget this national park in a hurry! Take this opportunity to watch the mangroves, lagoons and forests and keep an eye out for rare-to-find wildlife species.

  1. Cahuita National Park

Based on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Cahuita has everything on offer. You will enjoy walking along the picturesque palm tree lined beaches in Costa Rica. In the Caribbean, the sun gets a little too much; so take a quick refreshing dip in the cool waters. In addition to, enjoy hiking through the densely-vegetated gorges, while passing serene pools and cascading waterfalls.

  1. Tortuguero National Park

While thinking about booking Costa Rica adventure tours packages, you should add a journey through the canals of Tortuguero National Park until you reach the heart of the jungle. This national park boasts stunning tropical cloud forests with colorful orchids – that offer a beautiful backdrop.

Even, you can embark on a boat exploration and experience the nature while being away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will find yourself immersed in the exotic beauty of Costa Rica. In addition to, this national park offers plentiful opportunities to spot sloths and learn all about the endangered green turtle spaces.

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  1. Rincon de la Vieja National Park

A little hidden paradise, Rincon de la Vieja is a place more often not you will encounter a handful number of people hiking on very active volcano. When you are in Rincon de la Vieja, take a hike through lush forests, cross hanging bridges, explore beautiful wildlife, plants along the way and the babbling streams.

  1. Arenal National Park

Arenal National Park has it all and is full of adventure. The magnificent slopes of the active yet silent Arenal Volcano emerge up in front of you and the striking Arenal Lake spreads off into the distance. All are surrounded by lush primary forest brimming with huge concentration of bird species and wildlife.

You can explore the lava fields that are left from its last eruption and take a hike to Cerro Chato – the dormant sister volcano of Arenal, visit its blue lagoon crater or zip line through the rainforest on a canopy. After all day long adventure, you will have some time relaxing in the natural hot springs.

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So, these are the five beautiful national parks that are definitely worth a visit on any adventure tours in Costa Rica. For booking Costa Rica adventure tours packages, please contact Tour Operators CR on +1-408-212-0995. We will get back to you as soon as possible! Tell us about your experiences of Costa Rica vacation on our Facebook and Instagram social media pages!

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