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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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» National Theater

National Theater

Perhaps the most famous (and certainly most prized) public building in all of San Jose, the National Theater of Costa Rica in the city's Catedral district, is home to the nation's cultural community. Classical music, theater and dance performances take place several times a week. And while it's always worth catching a show, the theater's traditional Renaissance architecture, breathtaking ceilings and grand interiors make it a must-see stop even if you can't get tickets for the symphony …

» Orosi River Valley

Orosi River Valley

The thick green forests, fertile coffee plantations and scenic mountains of the Orosi River Valley draw bird watchers, freshwater fishermen and nature lovers to the banks of the Reventazon River, as well as the pristine lake formed by the Cachi Dam. Travelers can spend the morning wandering through Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi Church, where Spanish Colonial artifacts and religious paintings line the interior of Costa Rica's oldest church still in use …

» Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park

If you are visiting the Guanacaste area, spend a day viewing Costa Rican wildlife at Palo Verde National Park (Parque Nacional Palo Verde). Located on the banks of the Rio Tempisque, the site has 15 different topographical zones, from those with mangrove swamps to others with evergreen forests. More than 60 bird species use the area as a migratory stop, and there are also about 75 mammal species, 55 reptile and amphibian species and about 250 species of bees here! …

» Plaza de la Cultura

Plaza de la Cultura

As far as city squares go, Plaza de la Cultura leaves much to be desired. That's because its unremarkable architecture and mostly concrete designs tend to make it one of the less visually pleasing squares in this colorful city. Still, travelers in search of a true taste of San Jose life will do well to visit this busy square, where locals gather after weekend shopping trips and stay well into the night. Ice cream vendors sell sweet, cool treats, which are perfect for taking the edge off a steamy afternoon …

» Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park

There aren't too many places in the world where you can almost touch the rim of an active volcano, but at Poas Volcano National Park you can get up close to the smoking crater. One of the world's most accessible volcanoes, Poas Volcano is filled with an amazing aquamarine lagoon, blanketed in ferns and ringed with hiking trails leading to panoramic lookouts and picnic areas. The park is filled with wildlife to spot, including the famous quetzal, toucans and hummingbirds …

» Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de La Vieja National Park is one of the country's most diverse ecological areas. Surrounding two volcanoes, Rincon (active) and Santa Maria (dormant), the park is also home to an extraordinary display of local flora and fauna, while being a part of the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste World Heritage site. While the plant life is impressive on its own, especially considering the enormous concentration of purple orchids here, it's the concentration of volcanoes that really wows visitors …

» Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste

The dazzling centrepiece of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste is most famous for its shockingly bright blue color, the result of a natural reaction of volcanic sulfur and calcium carbonate, which turns the clear waters a powder-blue shade. Reached by hiking through the surrounding rainforest, there are a number of sights of interest located along the Rio Celeste, most notably the Rio Celeste Waterfall, a favorite photo spot where the river tumbles into a striking blue lagoon; the Tenideros, where two rivers merge in the Celeste …

» San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

The lively San Jose Central Market was founded in 1880. For free entertainment and a real taste of the local atmosphere, there's no better place in the city! The market has more than 200 stalls, selling everything under the sun from souvenirs and cowboy boots to herbal remedies and handicrafts. Inside you'll also find cafes and bars for a welcome break between browsing. Pick up some coffee beans for a tasty souvenir …

» Sarapiqui Canopy

Sarapiqui Canopy

You've heard all about Costa Rica's famous biodiversity - and the tropical rainforest Sarapiqui Canopy is the place to experience it first-hand. Home of the endangered green macaw, and a number of famous reserves including the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui's river-filled fertile landscape is best discovered by boat cruise. From the waterways you'll spot monkeys, sloths, otters, turtles and all kinds of birds, including the quetzal …

» Sarchi

Sarchi

The capital of Alajuela province, Sarchi is renowned for its arts and crafts, in particular its decorative oxcarts recalling the heyday of Costa Rica's coffee industry. Lying almost 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level in the Cordillera Central, the whole of Sarchi is devoted to crafts, from woodworking and leather goods to textiles. The most famous handicrafts are known as carretas, the ornately painted carts that have proved so popular as Costa Rican souvenirs over the years …

» Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs

In this well-watered rainforest pierced by the perfect gray cone of Volcan Arenal, it is not only lava that wells up from the depths of the Earth. Steaming hot springs pour like a river from the great mountain's barren flanks, coursing through the lush tropical grounds of famed Tabacón Grand Spa. Mineral-rich waters, fresh from the earth, cascade with picturesque through a lavishly landscaped setting. Costa Rica's most beautiful flowers are woven through a world of quiet pathways and wooden bridges …

» Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park

One of Costa Rica's most spectacular yet least visited national parks, the Tenorio Volcano National Park makes a top choice for those looking to get off-the-beaten-track and is an easy side trip from the neighboring Arenal Volcano National Park. Named after its eponymous peak, the park is home to two volcanoes - Tenorio and Miravalles - and the surrounding rainforest and cloud forests offer miles of unspoiled wilderness for hikers and horseback riders. Tenorio's star attraction is the Rio Celeste …

» Tortuga Island

Tortuga Island

Just off the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, close to beautiful Curu Wildlife Refuge, lies idyllic Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica's most popular island escape. It actually comprises two islands, Alcatraz and Tolinga, but just about everyone refers to them as just 'Isla Tortuga,' or Turtle Island. A postcard-perfect paradise of white sand beaches, gently swaying coconut palms, and sapphire blue water, this is the perfect spot to swim, snorkel, or simply enjoy the sunshine …

» Vida Aventura Nature Park

Vida Aventura Nature Park

Situated in the heart of the Guanacaste area adjacent to the Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Vida Aventura Nature Park offers the perfect mix of adventure and nature. Allot a whole day here to zip line, ride a horse and then wind down in the hot springs. Vida Aventura Nature Park features El Gavilan, a zip line and canopy experience that ensures a full rush of adrenaline. As you zip through the air, take in the views of ancient lava canyons and the Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles volcanoes …


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