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Der Nationalpark Tortuguero, Bild: iacomino FRiMAGES / shutterstock

Costa Rica – the land of the Fire Mountains

Lush rainforests, partly still active volcanic landscapes and dense jungles, you can discover all this on your Costa Rica round trip! Not only nature has an enormous number of facets to offer, but also the capital San José, which impresses with its cultural buildings.

Tortuguero National Park

One of the most breathtaking national parks is located in the northeast on the Caribbean coast. The Tortuguero National Park is easy to reach by car or through one of the round trips on the Costa Rica Individual website. The large canal and lagoon landscape is home to a variety of animals and plants that is unique in the world. You can discover sloths, iguanas, toucans, crocodiles, many different species of monkeys and over 300 species of birds and reptiles in their free range. Watching turtles laying their eggs will be an unforgettable experience on your Costa Rica tour, as you will get closer to the turtles than ever before. When exploring the national park, be sure to go to the black beaches, which have been given their color by the surrounding volcanoes. During a walk on the beach, you can find volcanic stones and take them with you as a souvenir of your trip.

Gold Museum and Street Art Tour of San José

National Theatre Costa Rica
The National Theater in San Jose, Image: Mihai-Bogdan Lazar / shutterstock

If you are looking for Costa Rica’s sights, you will find them in the capital. Whether you explore San José by bike, on foot or by rental car, it’s definitely worth it. For culture-loving tourists, the National Theatre at Plaza de la Cultura is a must-see because it is not only magnificent on the outside, but also offers much more inside. The Gold Museum with all kinds of treasures of gold and craftsmanship of the indigenous people of Central America is also worth a visit. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend a detour to the trendiest district in San José, the Paseo de la Luz in the Barrio Escalante. Not only pubs and restaurants line the district, but also street musicians who play their music in the foreground of street art.

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Hiking and Canopy Tours in the Monteverde Cloud Forest

In the north of Costa Rica are the cloud forests of Monteverde, which are perfect for a hiking trip due to their altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. Be sure to take a guide with you to see ocelots and jaguars, which usually hide deep in the bushes. Highlights are above all the suspension bridges, from which you can look over the treetops and into the valley when the fog rises. The breathtaking canopy tours also go high if you are not afraid of heights. Strapped only to a wire rope, you whiz over the treetops and get a panoramic view of Costa Rica, as far as the fog that gave the Monteverde forests its name allows.

Swimming and jet skiing at the foot of the Arenal Volcano

When exploring Costa Rica’s sights, the volcanoes, which make Costa Rica known as the land of the Fire Mountains, are not to be missed. North of Monteverde is one of the smaller volcanoes, the Arenal Volcano, which is one of the still active of its kind. Below is the inland lake Laguna de Arenal, which invites you to swim and enjoy water sports. Whether kayaking or jet skiing, everyone gets their money’s worth here. The largest lake in Costa Rica is home to a variety of fish species, so fishing on the lake for relaxation is also worthwhile. On numerous hiking trails around the lake, the exploration of the adjacent Arenal Volcano National Park is possible and is an absolute must for nature lovers due to the variety of plants.

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A holiday in Costa Rica is worthwhile in many ways and brings out the most diverse facets of the South American country. Whether by bike, rental car or even on foot, a round trip through Costa Rica must be on your next bucket list! Click here for more information