Quite a tropical paradise in a unique region of the world, Costa Rica enjoys a very naturally rich environment across the country. Having two oceans bathing its beaches, tropical rain forests giving shadow to all species in the territory, and plenty of volcanoes, people can really get to enjoy nature while interacting with it. Costa Rican people are also very friendly and welcoming, and they speak English! Don't be surprised when invited to grab a coffee at their place, especially in rural areas. Transportation can be a bit messy, mostly in the city, but you can still move around the country easily by renting a car or using the efficient Costa Rican bus system. As we Costa Ricans like to say all the time: pura vida! (used for tons of possible conversations: from hello to goodbye, from all is good to see you tomorrow and from my pleasure to enjoy), and get ready to go tropical in an eco-travel destination.
Facts about Costa Rica
Stuff to See and Do
What to Do
When I headed out to explore some of Costa Rica's volcanoes, I was armed only with knowledge provided in a guidebook, leading me to believe I could always see lava at Arenal or I could always climb Rincon de la Viaje's crater trail. I was disappointed to discover that Rincon de la Viaje, which was said to be safe to climb due to its many active fumaroles that vented off eruptive pressures, was actually active when I arrived, causing the park to close the crater trail to the top. When I visited Arenal, I again found that this always active volcano hadn't been erupting for the last 3 months. So try to find out ahead of time what the conditions are for, well, anything!