Costa Rica - Casa Rio Blanco Ecolodge
Costa Rica - nearby Activities (within 15-40 minutes) for your Costa Rica Travel
Rain Forest Aerial Trams The Rain Forest Aerial Tram is the best way to access the Rain Forest canopy. All visitors will be able to see life as it develops in the canopy for the first time, while experts will discover new things about the canopy's natural history.
This is a unique eco-tourism and research project, which opened in October 1994. At the Tram, visitors take a trip through the hanging gardens of the canopy (the upper level of the forest). There they discover plants and birds usually hidden in the treetops. The canopy, which is thought to house two-thirds of all rainforest species, is a little-known world of incredible beauty and extraordinary biological diversity. Casa Rio Blanco guests get a 20% discount.
Braullio Carrillo National Park Just 30 minutes from San José this national park features a primary rainforest area of 44.000 hectares. Because of the 6 m rainfall each year you can find about 6.000 species of plants and 350 species of birds in this national park. The world famous aerial tram of the biologist Donald Perry, who is researching the rainforest canopy since decades is also located in the Braulio Carillo National Park. Another breathtaking feature of the park is the view of the river crossing of Rio Sucio and Rio Claro. Apart from these areas the park also protects some areas of the Caribbean low lands.
La Selva Biological Station At the convergence of 2 major rivers in the Caribbean lowlands in the North of Costa Rica, La Selva comprises 1,600 hectares tropical wet forest and disturbed lands. It averages four meters (>13 feet) of rainfall that is spread rather evenly throughout the year.
La Selva was originally established in 1954 by Dr. Leslie Holdridge, as a farm dedicated to experimentation on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management. It was purchased in 1968 by the Organization for Tropical Studies and declared a private biological reserve and station. Since then, it has become one of the most important sites in the world for research on tropical rainforest. Over 240 scientific papers are published yearly from research conducted at the site.
Sarapique float trips Rio Sarapiqui's La Virgen to Chilamate whitewater trip is one of Costa Rica's popular oneday rafting trips. Its 7-mile (11-km) course with several exciting Class III rapids winds through sugarcane fields, lush tropical jungle forests, and banana, cacao and oil palm plantations. Most memorable are Pattie's Bend, Confusion and Gringo's Hole.
The lower Sarapiqui trip, beginning at Chilamate, is comparable in beauty to the exotic Rio Corobici. Its easy Class I-II water allows guests ample time to enjoy the forested lowland jungle habitat near the Caribbean. Rio Sarapiqui's overhanging forests, draped with epiphytes and orchids, have a rich variety of birdlife, including parrots, toucans and oro pendulas.
Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center C.R.A.R.C. is a conservational and biological research center dedicated to studying, understanding, and conserving one of the most ecologically important animal groups of Neotropical humid forest ecosystems, that of the amphibians. It is the first of its kind in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica - Activities for your Costa Rica Travel.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge protects one of the most important wetland regions in Costa Rica; considered of international importance because it protects a wide range of migratory species and endangered species.
Chirripó National Park and La Amistad International Park
Protects the country`s largest stand of virgin forest and the extraordinary number of habitats due to the differences in altitude, topography, soil type and climate.
www.quetzalcam.org - Cloud Forest Guide Centre
Some twenty residents of the villages of Monteverde and Santa Elena in Costa Rica take researchers and tourists daily into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve to study and experience the unique cloud forest environment. These guides are expert naturalists. They are organized formally into the Monteverde Guides Association, and can be contacted for information or tours through the offices of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve.
Costa Rica National Parks
While much of Costa Rica has been stripped of its forests, the country has managed to protect a larger proportion of its land than any other country in the world. In 1970 there came a growing acknowledgment that something unique and lovely was vanishing, and a systematic effort was begun to save what was left of the wilderness.
Costa Rica National Parks
Profiles of a number of lakes.
Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
Tropical Science Center - Los Cusingos - Neotropical Bird Sanctuary POBox 8 - 3870, 1000 San Jose, Costa Rica phone. 506 253-3276, 253-3308 fax: 506 253-4963.
www.costarica.com - Manuel Antonio National Park
Punta Catedral was an island at one time, an accumulation of the sediments connect to the land with a sandy belt named Tombolo, a prized nesting site for the brown booby. You`ll see dolphins here, and sometimes a pod of migratory whales. Manuel Antonio is Costa Ricans most visited National Park.
Monte Verdi Cloud Forest Preserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve is administered and owned by the Tropical Science Centre (TSC). The Centre, established in 1962, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in San José, Costa Rica. The objective of the Centre is to conduct and support scientific research and education, particularly in relation to the understanding and rational management of tropical environments.
e.g. Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge: This nearly 10,000 hectare refuge is important as a wintering site for migrant waterfowl, as well as a year-round habitat for resident wetland species. From October to April, when the migrant birds are at the refuge, the variety of species and sheer quantity of individuals creates a spectacle that even non-birdwatchers will marvel at.
National Parks and Reserves in Costa Rica
Overview and individual profiles.
National Parks of Costa Rica
Costa Rica established the National Parks System in 1970 to prevent the destruction of wilderness areas. Now 12% of the country is protected as national parks, and a further 16% as wildlife refuges, Indian reserves, wildlife corridors and biological reserves. This means that more than 25% of Costa Rica has been set aside for conservation.
The Osa Península has been described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 500 species of trees and more then 6000 species of insects.
Palo Verde National Park
For decades, the marsh was probably the most important wetland area in Central America for about 60 species of resident and migratory waterbirds. In 1979, during a single count in the dry season, it was common to observe up to 35,000 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna autumnalis, 25,000 migratory Blue-winged Teal Anas discors and large numbers of other species. The marsh is a paradise of bird and plant diversity. Precisely because of this, the board of directors of the Agrarian Development Institute, after expropriating the cattle ranch within the area, donated the marsh and surrounding forest to the Costa Rican National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1977. This became the first National Wildlife Refuge in Latin America.
Plinio Park is a privately-funded park established for the preservation of wildlife. The owners of Hotel Plinio, Hotel California and others have established this park to preserve and maintain the flora and fauna of the area and to create a wildlife refuge.
Private Wildlife Refuges in Costa Rica
List with links
Protected Areas and National Parks of Costa Rica
Roughly 18% of Costa Rica`s territory is constituted as National Park or Reserve, including two parks declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means most National Parks and Reserves are easily accessible from anywhere in the country, making Costa Rica an ideal destination if you want to be surrounded by natural settings.
The Campanario Biological Station lies in the Pacific lowland tropical rain forest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and stretches nearly 150 acres inland from the sea. Campanario is proud to be home to a wide array of rare and endangered flora and fauna (too many to count!). From your beach boat landing, to your jungle accommodations, to the diverse species and bird watching, to the exciting educational program and activities, Campanario wants you to learn about the wild side of Costa Rica.
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves (includes Barbilla National Park, Chirripo National Park, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, La Amistad (Talamanca) National Park, Las Tablas Protected Area, Rio Macho Forest Reserve and Tapanti National Park)
Tirimbina Rainforest Center
The Tirimbina Rainforest Center is a tropical science resource and travel destination where education, research, and striking beauty combine for outstanding encounters with nature.
Costa Rica - Educational Information for your Costa Rica Travel.
A great site with pictures and real sounds of the Costa Rican nature from Naturesongs The Sights and Sounds of Costa Rica Recorded sounds and sights of Toucans, Kingfishers, Parrots, Cattle Egrets, Green Heron, Hawks, Falcons, Pheasants, Jacanas, Howler Monkeys and Crocodiles only to name a few.
What does Wiki the free encyclopedia say about Costa Rica? its history, politics, provinces, geography, the economy, demographics, the famous Costa Ricans, the culture of Costa Rica, fauna, flora and Costa Rican art.
Read the World Factbook for the latest information from geography to transnational issues about Costa Rica.
For the student and tourist, we are preparing the following educational information, tour information, travel and tourism information about Costa Rica. Websites featuring information about this items are welcome.
- Arenal Volcano
- Beaches of Costa Rica
- Costa Rica Adventure Travel
- Costa Rica Adventure
- Costa Rica Canopy Tour
- Costa Rica Rafting
- Costa Rica Rain Forest
- Costa Rica Soccer
- Costa Rica Student Educational Tours
- Costa Rica Student Travel
- Costa Rica Tour Operator
- Costa Rica Tours
- Costa Rica Travel Guide
- Costa Rica Travel
- Costa Rica Vacations
- Costa Rica Volcano
- Cruise Excursions
- Educational Student Tours in Costa Rica
- Educational Tours in Costa Rica
- Group Discount Travel
- Guanacaste Costa Rica
- Hot Springs of Costa Rica
- Montezuma Costa Rica
- Real Estate in Costa Rica
- Student Educational Tours to Costa Rica
- Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica
- Tour Costa Rica
- Travel Packages to Costa Rica
- Vacation packages to Costa Rica
- Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica
- Volcanos of Costa Rica