The Best Eco Tourism in Costa Rica

At one time tourism was a toll on the environment, it would mean the destruction of the natural habitat for many plants and animals, in order to build huge resorts that used up a lot of the power grid. Today that is changing; eco tourism is becoming more popular, with people now first looking to ensure a potential vacation destination is eco friendly. If it isn’t, they look else where.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

So what is eco tourism?
Eco tourism is where tourist destinations pay special interest not to be harmful to the environment or using up a lot of the world’s resources. Ideally they would be using reusable energy and be recycling.
A leading country in Eco tourism is Costa Rica and so it should come as no surprise that the majority of attractions in Costa Rica are National Parks. Many of the best beaches in Costa Rica are situated within these parks along with Mountains, Volcanoes, Jungles, Hot Springs and many other sights of natural beauty.
1:Arenal National Park

Arenal National Park

Arenal National Park

This is home to Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Tabacon Hot Springs and pristine rain forest. Here you can bath in the naturally heated waters, have a massage and in the evening, enjoy a magnificent light show provided by the volcanoes mini eruptions.
2:Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

Located on the Caribbean coast the attraction here is to rent kayaks, canoes or motorized boats to explore the canals and lagoons. If you prefer to stay on dry land, there are walking trails that can lead you to beautiful isolated beaches or the lush rainforest.
3:Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

This, the smallest of the National Parks, has beautiful, romantic, unspoiled pristine beaches that offer activities like diving, snorkeling or surfing. From here it is also possible to take sailing trips to see Dolphin, Whales and other marine wildlife.
4:Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

Here you will find the most diverse eco systems in the country and it can also boast perhaps the best pristine beach. You can hire a guide to go on Jungle tours to see a vast assortment of wildlife.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – The rainforest in this nature preserve is home to an amazing variety of animals and plants, including Jaguars and Bare-necked Umbrella Birds. Guided bird watching tours are available and there is an interesting farmers market on Saturdays.
5:Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

This is the home of six volcanic peaks, thirty two rivers and streams, hot springs, boiling mud pits and lagoons, also Spider Monkeys, Jaguars and Cougars. The park also has waterfalls and freshwater lakes for swimming.

The majority of these parks have the added attractions of providing a variety of activities such as Canopy Tours, River Rafting, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Surfing or Diving. With such a diversity of activities, Costa Rica is popular because whichever park you choose to visit; there are always attractions for everybody.
With such a diversity of eco systems, sightseeing in Costa Rica is in itself, a major attraction drawing many more eco tourists every year.

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