Eco-Tourism in COSTA RICA (2010)

Christmas 2010 presented a novel opportunity to embark on an ‘Eco-Safari’ across Costa Rica in Central America, renowned for its Amazonian rain forests, fascinating wild life, flora and fauna and its focus on Conservation and Sustainability. This expedition placed us well and truly in the lap of Mother Nature, and in the magical company of some of her most fascinating creations!

Costa Rica is a rugged, rain-forested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world; it contains about 5% of the world’s species. The lush wild natural environment can be experienced all throughout the country and is easily accessible to the curious visitor. Costa Rica is a safe paradise. Unlike other countries, Costa Rica enjoys a very stable political climate and economic development, providing visitors with a tranquil setting for their stay. It is one of the few countries in the world with no army. The country and its people have a peaceful disposition, which makes for the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

Costa Rica offers dreamlike landscapes, kind people willing to share their culture and a safe country to experience natural wonders. Costa Rica provides the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, culture, fine cuisine and wildlife. Visitors find in Costa Rica an adventure paradise set in the most beautiful natural and safe environment. It is also the home of four World Heritage sites certified by UNESCO.

Featured in the Photo Montage below are memoirs from our 12 day expedition across Costa Rica: the Poas Volcano, the Eslanonia Cloud Forests, The Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Plaza de la Cultura and the Barcelo San Jose Palacio & Holiday Inn Aurola Hotels in San Jose, the Tortuguero (“Abode of Turtles” – the largest in the Western Hemisphere) National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Laguna Lodge, river cruises across the Cano Palma and Cano Negro, the renowned Arenal Volcano and its Hot Springs in Fortuna, the Arenal Manoa Luxury Resort, the Hanging Bridges of San Carlos Valley in Guanacaste, the J W Marriott Deluxe Resort and Spa at Hacienda Pinilla, the Coombia-Salsa Dancers of Sarchia, the ‘Fashionistas of the Rain-Forest’ in San Jose, and some of our most enchanting co-inhabitants of this Planet who are unique to Costa Rica!