Costa Rica

Known as the ’Rich Coast’, Costa Rica is a land of mist-shrouded cloud forests, rivers, wild beaches, exotic wildlife and majestic volcanoes. Costa Rica straddles the heart of Central America and is touched by both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean.

Costa Rica signifies the ultimate adventure playground – wedged between two astoundingly beautiful coastlines, it has the ability to overwhelm the most seasoned explorers. The Costa Ricans have devised hundreds of different ways to experience the country; on foot, by horseback, motorboat, canopy walkways and the more adrenaline stimulating activities including ziplining, scuba diving, river-rafting, mountain biking, volcano climbing, sea-kayaking and surfing to name but a few.

For such a small a country there is an incredible amount to see. There are mist-shrouded cloudforests, smouldering volcanoes, beautiful bubbling hot springs, lush rainforests, rolling hills, huge tumbling rivers, white sand beaches that stretch for miles, incredible wildlife as well as sweet-smelling coffee and fruit plantations, all within easy reach of the capital, San José.

The diversity of the flora and fauna is on show everywhere in a riot of vivid colours: this is one of the best places to spot tapirs, caiman, iridescent butterflies and day-glow frogs, not to mention the elusive jaguar.

Andara Travel’s highlights for Costa Rica include:

• For a taste of adventure when in Costa Rica, raft through the rainforest down the Pacuare River to stay at the superb Pacuare Lodge.

• Surfing must be tried during your stay in Costa Rica. Head to the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast for great surf, where warm waters and schools of dolphins mean that, even for beginners, surfing is delightful.

• Explore the abundant wildlife and fantastic wild beaches of the Osa Peninsula.