It’s National Cruise Month, so we’re taking you on a 14-day virtual cruise to our top destinations, giving you the lowdown on everything you can do. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a history buff or a cocktail-enthusiast, we’ve got it covered. Ready to hop onboard? Our next port of call is Costa Rica…
The dense rainforests of Costa Rica feel like a land before time – you almost expect a dinosaur out of Jurassic Park to come crashing through the trees. The prehistoric landscape encompasses pristine beaches, active volcanoes, cloud forests, and a seemingly endless jungle in shades of green even Pantone never thought were possible. Here are the top five ways to make lush, wild adventure a #ShoreThing in Costa Rica.
Explore the important conservation research being carried out at the National Biodiversity Institute. From learning about efforts to save species on the brink to seeing how the scientists catalogue new discoveries, you’ll receive a fascinating insight into the centre’s vital work. After trekking through the Veragua Rainforest, an aerial tram will elevate you through the canopy to deliver stunning views of the jungle. Brave the Trail of the Giants to reach the sparkling cascade of the Puma Waterfall.
Take a relaxing boat tour to admire the diverse flora and fauna that make Costa Rica such a unique place. Navigate the canals of Tortuguero National Park, named for the sea turtles that lay their eggs in its sheltered sands. Surrounded by the buzz of the forest, spy sleepy sloths, rainbow-beaked toucans, and clever capuchin monkeys amid the brilliant fireworks of exotic flowers.
For an unforgettable eco-park excursion, travel to Braulio Carrillo National Park. As you rise gracefully through the jungle on an aerial tram, from the forest floor through the thick sub-canopy to the treetops, a guide will explain the dynamic workings of the rainforest. Feast your eyes on the vibrant orchid garden and an area populated by adorable tree frogs, enormous fluttering butterflies, and moths so well camouflaged that you might mistake them for branches or leaves until they move. Be dazzled by the blurry zips of flying feathered jewels, also known as hummingbirds, as their iridescent bodies dart all around you.
The Jaguar Rescue Centre gives you the rare opportunity to see some of Costa Rica’s extraordinary wildlife up close, from the powerful grace of a prowling jaguar to the drowsy languor of an endearing sloth. Afterward, go bananas with a tour of a working plantation, where you will find out how this ubiquitous yellow berry transforms itself from flower to fruit and makes its way from this verdant land to sell on supermarket shelves worlds away.
On a riverboat tour of the canals winding through Tortugeuro National Park, be enraptured by endless greenery, exciting wildlife spotting, and epic bird-watching with 300 different species flitting about. Then take to the skies with a zip-lining adventure at the Jungle Breeze centre, where an ingenious system of cables creates a manmade web connecting 13 platforms in the forest. Whizzing amid an emerald blur, zoom from platform to platform like a modern Tarzan. This is what the word ‘exhilarating’ was made to describe.
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Author: Thomson Holidays
Published: September 14, 2015
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