Costa Rica National Parks
From cloud forests to active volcanoes to tropical beaches, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse destinations on the planet. Costa Rica is home to 32 national parks, amazing protected areas and incredible natural attractions that awaken your spirit of adventure. The Costa Rican National Parks system protects and conserves the country's beautiful lands and natural resources. Explore and tour Costa Rica's beautiful national parks, wildlife refuges, biological and forest reserves, and national monuments. Experience natural wonders, exotic wildlife, dramatic volcanoes, lush landscapes and archeological discoveries on exciting tours of Costa Rica National Parks that depart from San Jose.
Costa Rica Hotels & National Park Tours -
Located in downtown San Jose, Hotel Presidente is a luxury boutique hotel that offers exciting tours of Costa Rica National Parks - 30 minutes beyond the city. With its natural elegance, modern hospitality, and warm ambiance, Hotel Presidente is the ideal retreat for exploring Costa Rica's wild landscape. After a day of adventure, relax in spacious rooms and suites designed for contemporary comfort with WiFi, HDTV and mountain views. Enjoy casual dining at our News Café, work out in the fitness center, recharge at our Rain Forest Spa and relax in the rooftop pool. Travelers enjoy stylish meeting space, a business center, and a tour desk for sightseeing journeys to Costa Rica's treasured parks and destinations. Book the Costa Rica Adventure Tour Package or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irazú Volcano National Park -
The largest and tallest volcano in Costa Rica, Irazu is a massive, active volcano that towers 11,260 feet into the clouds. A 1 ½ hour drive from San Jose, Irazu Volcano National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Costa Rica. Take the tour and ascend the volcano for a look at the massive, spherical main crater, which is 3445 feet wide and 984 feet deep, with a beautiful blue-green lake and hiking trail. At the summit you can enjoy amazing views of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Explore the park's diverse flora and bird species, before descending to the city of Cartago. The tour from San Jose makes a stop at the famous Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, the patron Saint of Costa Rica.
Turrialba Volcano National Park -
The twin of Irazu, Turrialba Volcano rises 10,959 feet from the same base. There are no paved roads to the high summit, so this large volcano is best explored by horseback tours. The broad summit has three craters, with the largest crater giving the impression of a lunar landscape. Take a one-hour hike into one of the volcano craters, hike the summit trail with breathtaking panoramic views or explore the mountains, rainforest, and cloud forest below. Hike trails to the lava flows that give evidence to past rivers of hot magma. The town of Turrialba is a starting point for touring this national park and whitewater rafting on the Reventazón and Pacuare rivers. Turrialba has had five explosive eruptions in the last 3500 years, but has been quiet since the
Poás Volcano National Park -
Soaring 2,708 meters above sea level, Poás Volcano is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica with breathtaking scenery, jaw-dropping views and one of the largest craters in the world. A 30-mile drive from San Jose, Poas is one of Costa Rica's active volcanoes with three craters near the summit. The main crater is the second widest crater in the world. From the crater lookout, you can observe the deep lagoon of aquamarine water - the largest volcanic lagoon on Earth. One of the dormant craters has transformed into a cold-water lake, Laguna Botas, which flows down to the Sarapiqui River. From San Jose, tours begin with a beautiful drive through coffee plantations and flower farms. Hikers can explore the active volcano, cloud forest, and forest, blanketed with tropical vegetation, including giant ferns and umbrella plants, and animal life.
Manuel Antonio National Park -
One of Costa Rica's amazing national parks and tourist attractions, Manuel Antonio National Park lures travelers to beautiful beaches and a tropical shoreline. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the park is a paradise with white-sand beaches and a small forested area for swimming and wildlife viewing. Explore the park's mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands to see native flora and fauna, over 100 mammal species, colorful butterflies and the endangered squirrel monkey. Wander forest trails along the coast to breathtaking lookout points. The park's islands serve as nesting grounds for birds like the brown booby and anhinga. You can access the park by crossing the Camaronera stream by a water taxi or by hopping along the rocks.
Tortuguero National Park -
Nestled between the Caribbean Coast and the hills of the central mountain ranges, this beautiful national park is a mosaic of wetlands, deltas, waterways, canals and lagoons that offer a land of pure adventure. With 11 habitats - from high rainforest to marshlands - Tortuguero National Park shelters 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, 300 bird species, 60 mammal species, and13 endangered species, including jaguars and cougars, and is the vital breeding ground for Caribbean green sea turtles. Explore the park by boat or hike the beach trail to observe sea turtles nesting on the beach. Edging the Caribbean, you'll discover an expansive beach, coastal rainforest and a labyrinth of channels, streams, rivers and swamps. Rent canoes and kayaks to explore the canals, forests and swamps and see crocodiles, iguanas, and caimans.
Arenal Volcano National Park -
Located north of the Tilarán mountain range, Arenal Volcano National Park features the most active volcano in Costa Rica and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Rising to 5,358 feet, Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica with daily eruptions and exciting shows of ash plumes. See Arenal's spectacular lava flow and fiery displays of glowing boulders while soaking in a natural hot spring at the thermal resorts. Tourists can explore marked paths, forest and rainforest, as well as Arenal Lake Reservoir.
Rincon de la Vieja -
Situated in northern Costa Rica, Rincon de la Vieja National Park boasts the third most active volcano in Costa Rica. Tour a dramatic environment with miles of hiking trails, a crystal blue lagoon, bubbling mud pits, and a diversity wildlife - a utopia for adventurous travelers. At 6,250 feet, Rincon is a million years old and active, with its most recent blowout of ash and earthquake in 1996. The volcano has nine active craters, but one that gives a volcanic performance. The active crater has a pit of molten rock boiling at 482 °F at its bottom. Follow the trail south of the active crater to a freshwater lake, beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, steam geysers and boiling mud pools. The highest peak of the park, Santa María Volcano is the dormant twin cone of Rincon.
Tapanti National Park & Orosi Valley -
Located in the wild rainforest of the northern slopes of the Talamanca Mountain Range, Tapanti National Park is accessible by a gravel road from Orosi. Traversed by the Rio Grande de Orosi and 50 rivers and creeks, the park offers excellent trout fishing. The park is a refuge for 45 species of mammals, endangered wildlife and 260 different birds. The Orosi River Valley watershed is one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica. One hour east of San Jose, Orosi Valley is home to thermal volcanic springs and refreshing cold pools. Visit the oldest church in Costa Rica, built in 1743 by the Spaniards, and its museum of religious artifacts and statues from colonial times in downtown Orosi.
Santa Rosa National Park -
To preserve the historical setting of the Battle of Santa Rosa (1856), Santa Rosa National Park features a historic mansion, stonewall corrals and beautiful beaches. Explore the park's wooden savannah, forest, marshlands, and mangroves with abundant animal life and endangered species. Santa Rosa NP also protects fragments of tropical dry forest, housing many species of flora and fauna and wildlife, such as coyotes, tapirs and turtles. Explore the Murcielago (bat section) in the town of Cuajiniquil on Santa Elena Peninsula with rocky peaks and valleys. Visit http://www.conozcacostarica.com/parques/santarosa.htm.
Braulio Carrillio National Park -
Braulio Carrillio is one of Costa Rica's most challenging parks with 46,000 acres of lush rainforest. Ascending from the Caribbean coast to soaring summit of Volcán Barva, the park is a diverse landscape of rugged mountains, volcanoes, crater lakes, cloud forest, tropical jungles, deep canyons, rivers, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Misty volcanic slopes are habitat for 6,000 species of trees and plants, 500 species of birds and 150 species of mammals. Hike beneath the forest canopy to see amazing flora and fauna, colorful butterflies and treasured creatures such the quetzal, a bird of mythic beauty, howler monkeys, and pumas. Explore winding trails to waterfalls, rivers, canyons, and picnic areas, or trek to the summit of Volcán Barva. Glide through the forest canopy and enjoy panoramic views on the Rainforest Aerial Tram. A 3-hour tour includes a film, tram ride, and a guided hike.
Corcovado National Park -
One of the most important natural preserves in the Americas, Corcovado National Park on Osa Peninsula is a jungle adventure. The remote, biologically dense park is a destination of captivating beauty and challenge with its forest and coastline with miles of beach and roaring cascades. Made up of mountain forest, cloud forest, alluvial plains, swamp, mangroves swamp and a rocky coastline, this virgin rainforest park is a botanist's dream. Habitat to 500 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 367 species of birds, 40 species of freshwater fish and 117 species of amphibians, Corcovado was called "the most biologically intense place on Earth" by National Geographic. Explore miles of beaches, rivers, rainforests, and swamp lands. See jaguars roam the cloud forest, hammerhead sharks cruise estuaries and crocodiles ply the swamp. Visit www.costaricabureau.com.
Talamanca National Park -
A UNESCO declared biosphere reserve, this tropical forest in the Talamanca Mountains is virgin land. Spanning 193,929 hectares in Costa Rica and Panama, the national park rises from 100 meters to a towering 35,490 meters. Its many climate zones harbor distinct flora and fauna to observe.