Costa Rica is known for its eco-tourism. The tropical rainforests, cloud forests, oak forests, mountains with abundant wildlife and sandy beaches make this country a paradise for travelers.
With the establishment of Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. This stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled.
Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. And the trail that winds around Punta Cathedral affords some spectacular views.
A convenient day trip out of this region is to Damas Island, just a 30-minute boat ride from Quepos. The island has mangrove swamps filled with crocodiles and other colorful animals; and a sandy beach that's great for surfing.
Spottings include white-face monkeys, caymans, boas and sometimes even a glimpse of the rare silky anteater. Both migrant and resident birds are very abundant.
La Fortuna the closest town to the Volcano where in a cleared day you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic colossus. Costa Rica's most active volcano periodically erupts, rumbling as it sends clouds of smoke and ash into the sky. Witness the spectacle of the Volcano at night, watching the red lava snake down the mountain and illuminating the sky like a magnificent display of fireworks. Take time out to relax in the thermal Hot Springs and naturally heated Jacuzzis at Tabacon Resort, so close that you will feel he rumblings of the Volcano.