Good things come in small packages: Costa Rica
Land of volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, rivers and national parks… Can you guess? No, I’m not writing about Chile, this time its Costa Rica!
Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it holds about 5 percent of the earth’s biodiversity. Fortunately, this natural treasure is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, preserving a total of 25 percent of the national territory. Costa Rica is the proof that ‘good things come in small packages’.
It offers and caters for all forms of travel. Adventure travellers can choose from a wide variety of activities such as rafting, snorkelling, kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, climbing volcanoes (inactive ones!). For those who are less active, you can still walk along national parks on the beach, ride a bike to a hot spring, go birdwatching, gentle walks around coffee plantations and fruit plantations. For animal lovers, howler monkeys will be around as well as toucans, butterflies’ hummingbirds, colourful frogs and leatherback turtle. Also, the possibility to do some humpback whale watching in the Marino Ballena National Park. It is the definition of paradise for every travel style. Let’s not forget about the beach on both side: the Pacific and the Caribbean. Oh, and it has some of the best rainforest trekking in Latin America.
We can plan your clients special interest itineraries with a driver guide to take them along the main roads and off the beaten path to look for that special bird, plant or mammal. We can recommend some great lodges and or even staying on a ranch to do some horse riding.
This is a small breathtakingly beautiful country. There is an indigenous culture and a colonial heritage with a warm Latin personality. It is laid back and peaceful (they have no army!), and you may think the marketing tagline pura vida (pure life) is just a marketing phrase, but I can assure you that after a few days your clients will be saying it too unconsciously as part of their daily motto.
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au
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