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Costa Rica was the point where the Mesoamerican and South American native cultures met. The northwest of the country, the Nicoya peninsula, was the southernmost point of Nahuatl cultural influence when the Spanish conquerors (conquistadores) came in the 16th century.

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Popular Destinations: JacoSan Jose
Regions of Costa Rica: Central PacificCentral ValleyGuanacaste & Northwest
Nicoya PeninsulaOsa Peninsula & Gulfo Dulce

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» Arenal Hanging Bridges

Arenal Hanging Bridges

A trip to through the lush rainforests surrounding Arenal Hanging Bridges may be perfect for nature lovers, but it's not for the faint of heart. That's because 16 bridges - some suspended high above gorges and others stretching far across jungle floors - line the winding paths of this epic Costa Rican hike. Visitors can wander through thick vegetation on well-marked trails, look for families of monkeys swinging through the air, and spot lazy sloth lounging among tree limbs. Despite their height, bridges are stable and secure …

» Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park

The most famous national park in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park protects the still sizzling Arenal Volcano, one of the world's 10 most active volcanoes. The park also encompasses 16 reserves and an amazing dozen different ecological zones, proof of Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity. A visit to the national park reveals an active cone topped with flows of red lava, belching columns of ash. As you'd expect it's an unforgettably dramatic sight, especially if you take a visit to the park at night …

» Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs

Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Baldi Hot Springs features thermo-mineral hot water pools with great views of the volcano. It's the biggest hot springs facility in the region and the perfect way to relax after hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park. Located within the Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa, there are day-use options as well as availability for hotel guests. The 25 pools range in temperature from 93 to 152 degrees Fahrenheit and get hotter as the elevation rises …

» Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park

The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park may be divided by one of the nation's busiest highways, but this just means easy access for travelers, as well as the possibility of picturesque views without ever having to leave the car. Lazy travelers can traverse the highway snapping photos of lush landscapes from the comfort of their car seats, while those eager to get back to nature can embark on one of the miles of trails leading to the waterfalls, open pastures and mountain stations that dot the rainforest …

» Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Situated on Caño Negro Lake (Lago Caño Negro), this wildlife refuge is one of the most important wetlands in the world, where many migratory birds live for part of the year. The area's marshlands and forests house many endangered species, and wildlife such as jaguars, tapirs, special species of monkeys and cougars have been spotted in the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. The Rio Frio is the main water source for the lake area and the largest flowing river in the Arenal region …

» Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

At the confluence of two important Costa Rican ecosystems - the wet and wild Pacific Rainforest that characterizes the southern coast, and the dry tropical forest for which Guanacaste is known - this small, popular national park packs a lot of wildlife into a 5240-hectare (12,950-acre) package. Most notably, Carara is home to one of Costa Rica's last remaining populations of scarlet macaws, who you'll likely see gossiping and preening in small groups throughout the park …

» Eco Termales Hot Springs

Eco Termales Hot Springs

If you are looking to experience one of the more private hot springs in Costa Rica, Eco Termales is your best bet. With a limit on the number of visitors at a time, it is one of the smallest but least crowded springs in the area. There are seven pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degree Fahrenheit and even a cascading waterfall guests can stand under. The intimate resort includes paths lined with volcanic silt that lead guests around the pools and changing rooms, and there is also an onsite restaurant that features traditional Costa Rican dishes …

» Gold Museum

Gold Museum

More than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts, including Costa Rica's very first coin, handmade ceramics and a life-sized warrior, are housed in this museum that was opened in 1985. The museum's collection displays indigenous works dating from 500 AD to 1500 AD, including traditional jewelry and culturally relevant pieces from other Latin American countries. Displays on the second floor explore the influence of these artifacts on the social and cultural development of the nation, as well as a history of Costa Rica's currency …

» Jade Museum (Museo de Jade)

Jade Museum (Museo de Jade)

Costa Rica's jade is world famous, and the Jade Museum - or Museo de Jade - displays arguably the world's largest collection of the precious stone. At this museum you'll not only see a huge array of jade jewelry and artifacts, you'll also discover why the precious stone was revered in pre-Columbian times, and how it was used and traded. There are examples of jade from all over the Americas, including the Mayan Empire …

» La Fortuna

La Fortuna

Its close proximity to Volcan Arenal - one of the top 20 most active volcanoes in the world - has kept the quaint town of La Fortuna ranked high among the most popular destinations for travelers venturing into the Costa Rican countryside. Its picturesque hillside, epic views of Volcan Arenal and much-storied history of narrowly avoiding total demise during a major eruption in the 1960s are all just part of what lends this tiny city its charm. While both Arenal and Arenal Volcano National Park are responsible for attracting the majority of visitors who come to La Fortuna …

» La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

Plunging down the side of Cerro Chato, Volcan Arenal's dormant and thickly forested twin, is one of the most impressive, and easily accessible, waterfalls in all Costa Rica. Cascada La Fortuna pours some 65m (200ft) down a sheer, volcanic gray cliff face, perpetually bathed in mists and carpeted in abundant and exotic vegetation. The trailhead for the falls is located just 5.5km (3mi) from La Fortuna proper, a popular bike ride or horseback trek. The descent from the parking lot to the jungle floor isn't a long or difficult hike …

» Lake Arenal

Lake Arenal

Covering almost 86 square kilometers and reaching depths of up to 200 feet (60 meters), Lake Arenal takes the title of Costa Rica's biggest lake, and it's also one of its most picturesque natural assets, a shimmering expanse of blue water stretching west of the mighty Arenal Volcano. Once a small crater lagoon lying within the boundaries of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Lake Arenal was expanded in 1979 and now serves as a hydroelectric dam providing up to 12 percent of Costa Rica's electricity …

» Las Pumas Rescue Center

Las Pumas Rescue Center

Las Pumas Rescue Center is located in the Guanacaste area near Cañas and serves to rescue, rehabilitate and ensure good conditions for wildlife in Costa Rica. The rescue center primarily caters to larger cats, but there are a number of local species that have benefited from the services at Las Pumas. In addition to the large cats, monkeys, deer and even parrots have been treated here, as well as two toucans that were rescued in 2007 after two men were caught trying to sell them …

» Monteverde Butterfly Gardens

Monteverde Butterfly Gardens

Tucked away in the mountains and known locally as Mariposario, Monteverde Butterfly Gardens is one of the town's most visited attractions, having been educating visitors about Costa Rica's local insect and arachnid species for more than 20 years. Guides take visitors through the various displays at the biodiversity center, which features over 20 species of live insects and arachnids, as well as an active leaf-cutter ant colony. When it comes to butterflies, this site reigns supreme with more than 30 species in four different climate-controlled habitats …

» Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde) contains four different ecological zones, with the majority still untouched forest. Considered one of the most important biological reserves in the world, this site is one of the few places where you can take a photo on the Continental Divide with one foot on the Pacific side and the other on the Caribbean side. Another draw is the site's eight-mile (13 km) network of trails tat offer a well-rounded immersion into the biodiversity of Costa Rica …

» Museo de Los Ninos (Children's Museum)

Museo de Los Ninos (Children's Museum)

The Costa Rica Children's Museum is an interactive fun experience for all the family. Housed in a gaily painted toytown castle, that's actually a historic old military prison, the museum's hands-on exhibits range across all manner of topics. Kids will love the 40 exhibits exploring outer space, old-fashioned fun on the farm, history, music, science and ecology and everyday life in Cost Rica …

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