discover costa rica
Costa Rica is a Democratic Republic, divided into 7 provinces. Neighbours are Nicaragua to the north, and Panama to the south. The Capital being San José, with a climate divided into two seasons: dry season and rainy season.
Costa Rica is a very mountainous country and most of the territory is formed by elevations between 900 and 1800 meters above sea level. There are four main mountain systems: the Guanacaste Volcanic mountain range, the Tilarán Minera mountain range, the Central Volcanic mountain range and the Talamanca mountain range, there are also four secondary mountain systems: Nicoya mountain ranges located in the Guanacaste province; Brunqueña row or Coastal row that runs through the province of Puntarenas parallel to the coast; and the Sierra de Osa, in the South Pacific, a series of mountains that extend to Panama, has heights between 600 and 1500 meters above sea level. The highest point in the country is the Chirripó hill (3820 masl), the fifth highest peak in Central America. The highest volcano is the Irazú volcano (3432 masl). The country has about 200 volcanoes, of which five are active: Irazú, Poás, Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba.
CLIMATE COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is in the neotropic region, so it has a tropical climate without large annual variations in its temperature and with two well-defined seasons: the dry one, from the beginning of December until the end of April (also called summer), and the rainy, from the beginning of May until the end of November (called winter).
This season is the best season for visiting the coast, snorkeling and sightseeing tours. But the rainy season is when the magic happens, everything turns green and the vibrant colors of Costa Rica are shown. Dry season is hot and the best tropical adventures, get your sandals out and get lots of sunscreen. Here are the months per region:
-Monteverde (January - May)
-Caribbean North (February - March)
-Caribbean South (September - October)
-North & Central Pacific Coast (December - April)
-Osa Peninsula & Drake Bay (December - April)
-San Jose Highlands & Metropilitan area (December - April)
-Rincón de la Vieja (December - April)
-Southern Costa Rica (December - April)
This season is the best season for adrenaline yunkies and nature lovers, the rivers are full, forest are thriving with life. If are into rafing, surfing or jsut like to explore not minding the rain, you can enjoy the sunny morning and rains in the afternoon. Is the calm time of the year, perfect for those looking to get away and enjoy the true pura vida life.
-Monteverde (June - September)
-Caribbean North (November - January)
-Caribbean South (April - August)
-North & Central Pacific Coast (May - November)
-Osa Peninsula & Drake Bay (May - November)
-San Jose Highlands & Metropilitan area (May - November)
-Rincón de la Vieja (May - November)
-Southern Costa Rica (May - November)
BIODIVERSITY IN COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is widely known for its natural beauty, around 25% of the country is protected
by National parks, Biological Reserves and different environmental programs.
Holding around 6% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is home to 1000 species of orchids, 10.000 plant species,300.000 insect species of which 1300 are butterfly species, 232 mammal species, 838 types of birds, 183 amphibian species, 258 reptile species, and130 species of freshwater fishs.
Our Nature Tours are the best way to experience nature and be amazed by the wide variety of colors, sound, movement, and life. You can take a hike, ride on a bike while exploring backroads, calmly paddle in the river, while waiting for our wild neighbors to show up. Learn about our customs and traditions on a coffee tour, or even just sit quietly at the beach while waiting for the turtles to delight us with their beauty spawning on the beach.
Enjoy discovering the intricate creatures, plants, and history of our country, you can be by yourself or take your whole family, either way, you will be in great company. Welcome to paradise and whatis considered one of the happiest countries on earth!
types of forest
-Tropical Dry Forest
Dry means these types of forests receive much less precipitation than the cloudd or rain forest. The tropical dry forests are found in the lower elevations on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here in Guanacaste.
Some of the most important nacional park located in the Tropical Dry forest are: Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Palo Verde National Park are holders of dry forests.
Since the Tropical Dry forest is less dense than other types of forest, is the perfect spot wildlife (monkeys, birds, reptiles). Making the Tropical Dry forest perfect for walks, river kayak activities, mountain bike and horseback riding.
They are founf along the Pacific Coast (Guanacaste and Puntarenas) These type of environments are formed where salt and freshwater mee, experiencing less rainfall and harsh dry seasons.. Because of the hard environment we can find mangroves to be a nesting site for many birds, we can also find monkeys, iguanas, bats, as well as marine life as crabs, lobsters, among others.
If you are into birdwatching this forest is great for kayaking, stand up paddle or maybe just visit the area to get to discover the many treasures hidden.
Is called the cloud forest because of the fog caused by the condensed water vapor. The mist, sounds of nature, and although the diversity in these types of forests is not as big as the rainforest, but is mostly endemic, meaning you will get to see a lot species that you only get to see there. The protected areas you can find sre: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve.