|Costa Rica Tours / Tony Tours
Cozy, quiet and progressive, Costa Rica is one of the ecotourism destinations more important. With nearly a quarter of the country's national park or protected area, there are numerous possibilities to explore the wonders of nature. See big cats in Corcovado National Park, monkeys and turtles in Tortuguero or lots of orchids in Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Central American nation with the highest number of visits also offers great surfing, amazing beaches and the spectacularly active Arenal volcano.
Volcan Poas is one of the most visited volcanoes in Costa Rica, because of its proximity to San Jose and because of the luxuriant forest that surrounds the two craters. The park measures 5600 hectares, and this basaltic volcano stands at an altitude of 2708 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. One of the craters measures 1.5 kilometers in diameter (0.9 miles) and is 300 meters deep (900 feet). At the bottom of this prehistoric-looking hole, there is a medium sized lagoon, that spews boiling sulphurous gases. The other crater is the one mentioned above, called Botos Lagoon, which unlike the other lake, contains cold water that connects to the Rio Angel, and later to the large Rio Sarapiqui. The volcano has had a long history of eruptions, going back as much as 11 million years ! On January 25, 1910, the volcano spewed out 640,000 tons of ash, and in the period of 1952-1954, it bombarded nearby areas with ash and rocks. Since then, the Poas has maintained a low profile, but as recently as 1989, the park was closed because of dangerous sulphurous gas emissions. Its geyser-like eruptions of muddy water and steam, have given it the reputation as the world’s largest geyser. Apart from its volcanic activity, this national park offers four different habitats; this, in a relatively small area, is evidence of Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity. The four habitats are the following: areas with scarce vegetation, a stunted forest, a cloud forest, and an area of arrayans. There are 79 species of birds in this park, including the robin, the hummingbird and the spectacular quetzal. Among the mammals found here, are the coyotes, long-tailed weasels, skunks and some small felines. If you see a green-yellow squirrel, take a good look at it, because it’s the Poas green-yellow squirrel, and as its name suggests, it’s only found in this park, and nowhere else in the whole world! One of the most interesting ecosystems present at the park, is the dwarf or stunted forest, where the tough ferns and bonsai-type trees aren’t allowed to grow much because of the acid rain that’s emanated from the volcano.
Arenal volcano is the most spectacularly active in Costa Rica. Hotels in the region tout their views of the lava flows and red hot boulders ejected from the volcano glowing in the darkness. Although eruptions are the main attraction, you should be aware that even in the dry season the clouds sometimes obscure the top of the volcano, and your chances of seeing a pyroclastic display are lessened in the rainy season. Volcano watching is better than a fifty-fifty proposition, but you should plan on taking advantage of some of the other attractions in the area, and consider it a bonus if you see Arenal put on a huge display. These tips will also help you maximize your chances of seeing a big pyroclastic show.
Roca Bruja or Witches Rock as it is also known is a world famous surfing location situated in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Locals gave the rock the name ‘Roca Bruja’ as legend has it that a witch lived in the rock. It can be accessed by boat or by travelling by 4×4 through the Santa Rosa National Park. Wave quality here is world class with some of the best breaks in the whole of Costa Rica. The sea bottom is sandy and without dangerous rocks that restricts some other surfing points to experience surfers only; this spot is suitable for all surfers. On shore winds can make for higher waves during the months from May to November. Off shore winds are high from December to March and make this wave great for tuberiding.
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