If you’ve been stuck in a routine lately, with long work hours that reduce the quality time you spend with family and friends, it’s time to take a break from those activities that slowly drain your energy.
A cure for this problem is visiting green zones that bring pleasure and vitality to the body. That’s why, in this blog, we recommend packing your suitcase to come discover the most ecofriendly destinations in Costa Rica.
Without a doubt, Costa Rica’s reputation as being green is well deserved. It’s a country that has been a pioneer in eco-tourism in Latin America. Almost 30% of the country has been designated as national parks or reserves, while 95% of the country’s energy is supplied by local, renewable sources. The government has also committed to becoming a carbon neutral country by 2021.
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The country offers a variety of natural environments to explore, from cloudy mountain forests, to pristine coasts that you can visit alone or with others. If you don’t know where to start the trip that will take you away from your routine, we will share information about 3 ecofriendly destinations in Costa Rica.
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The Cocos Island National Park is an authentic, unspoiled paradise located in the Pacific Ocean, 535 kilometers from Cape Blanco. In 1997 it was declared a World Heritage Site due to the protection it provides to critical ocean wildlife habitats. It has since become one of the largest biological laboratories in the world.
100 bird species (including 3 endemic species), 5 reptiles species (two of which are unique), and 400 insect species (65 of which are native) have been identified here. There are also nearly 60 crustacean species, more than 100 mollusks and 18 corals that have been cataloged.
The beauty of Cocos Island is not limited to its waters. It is stunning inland as well, with lush vegetation amidst which you can find beautiful waterfalls and caves.
This all has made it one of the most ecofriendly destinations in Costa Rica. It offers adventure to all visitors who arrive willing to explore this paradise. Can you imagine seeing all of these wonders in person? It’s certainly impressive!
If you wish to visit, there are tour companies that offer programs starting at 9 nights and 10 days, that include land transportation from San Jose to Puntarenas, lodging using the beds on the ship, food, and entrance fees, among other services. It’s important to keep in mind that the island is highly protected, so there aren’t any places to stay overnight.
Tortuguero is an impressive hidden treasure on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast that you have to visit at least once in your life. This impenetrable, protected paradise is located below the horizon around 144 kilometers from San Jose. It can be accessed via a natural route through an impressive aquatic maze.
It stands out worldwide as being one of the most important locations for sea turtle nesting. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the following species: the green turtle, the leatherback turtle and the hawksbill turtle. If you want to witness this natural event, visit between March and October.
Tortuguero is classified as one of the most ecofriendly destinations in Costa Rica due to its scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The channels, rivers, and lakes in this area are a living laboratory for rainforests, freshwater, and marine biology.
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Here, your adventure will include discovering the park’s countless channels and meanders, which are a true natural laboratory full of dense tropical forests and local wildlife.
Keep in mind that all of the hotels offer tours of the channels, where you’ll have the opportunity to see sloths and monkeys, as well as aquatic life including river turtles, alligators, and crocodiles.
The Arenal Volcano is a fascinating natural wonder and a tourist destination that’s not to be missed. It’s the tallest point in La Fortuna and it is known worldwide for being one of the most perfectly cone shaped volcanoes.
Prior to December 2010, this colossal volcano was one of the most active in the world; its daily rock and ash eruptions were a truly majestic sight. Currently , t hasn’t been erupting lava, but you can still see the smoke and ash that come from the top of the volcano.
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It stands out as one of Costa Rica’s most ecofriendly destinations as it offers a variety of landscapes that are ideal for relaxation, or even for a dose of adrenaline. You can visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, the Arenal Lake, and the La Fortuna Waterfall where you’ll be able to go on excursions and go hiking, and where you’ll see impressive waterfalls, flowing rivers and beautiful plant and animal life.
If you want to step out of your comfort zone in search of green spaces full of adventure, your destination is Mistico Park, which is full of wildlife species in their natural habitats. Here, you’ll be able to do activities that test your fears, such canyoneering in Spider Monkey Canyon.
At the same time, you can admire the beauty of this natural forest sanctuary full of wildlife species in their natural habitats. This will allow you to be in direct contact with nature in thousands of ways, whether you’re walking along paths and hanging bridges, taking adventure tours, or even enjoying the restaurant.
This is only a small list of the ecofriendly destinations in Costa Rica that you need to visit to appreciate the country’s scenic nature. You can also enjoy the benefits of green zones; being surrounded by many trees, plants, and animals helps to recuperate from exhaustion, stress, and depression.
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