Costa Rica means nature, peace, endless adventures, warm welcomes. People are so genuinely kind and caring with a Pura Vida lifestyle that everything feels more special and visitors can’t help but smile all day long.
Costa Rica offers a variety of tour and activity options and it’s always nice to have a local expert along to make sure you get the complete experience.
That’s why CR Sun Tours gave us some tips on escapes that might surprise you. With almost 30 years of uninterrupted operations, Costa Rica Sun Tours specializes in itineraries that are tailor-made for clients, having the experience and resources necessary to deliver innovative, unique, authentic, safe, fun and educational travel experiences.
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About TOURS TIPS: We are all well-versed in those adrenaline-fueled tours that take you zipping through the cloud forest canopy, rappelling down waterfalls, rafting on pristine rivers and so on. As it turns out, many travelers are looking to delve a little deeper. Below is just a sample of what you’ll find in this new series.
Corcovado National Park
Covering nearly half of the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park is “one of the most biologically intense places on earth,” according to National Geographic. The park is open to the public and a favorite of backpackers and day trippers alike. With plenty of accommodations in the area, it is easy (and encouraged) to explore the many forest trails.
They are similar in terms of terrain – think uneven land, river crossings, waterfalls, deserted beaches, humidity and jungle characteristics in general. The off-the-beaten-path hikes are available from the four ranger stations: La Leona, Sirena, San Pedrillo and Los Patos. These stations focus on research, conservation and education, and Sirena contains a covered area and basic sleeping accommodations.
Curicancha Wildlife Refuge
Only 20 minutes from Monteverde is a magnificent 360-degree view of the Pacific waters of Costa Rica situated on the grounds of a private farm. Boasting some of the best sunsets and views of the Pacific coast in Costa Rica, this secret spot is just a short stroll from the road. With only the silence of nature around you and excellent views of Puntarenas and the dry lowlands of Guanacaste, it’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy yourself! Don Gerardo Vargas and his wife Lizbeth are the owners of this private farm and they have graciously granted CR Sun Tours private access to their land.
Arenal’s Secret Trails
About GASTRONOMIC TIPS: Isn’t food one of the best ways to connect with a certain place and culture? In the case of Costa Rica, you can enjoy traditional homemade cuisine with extraordinary flavors, always served with a warm welcome.
On the way to Monteverde, you can share a meal and a little sweet treat with Doña Flory Araya Pérez and Don Luis Emilio Arias. Just an hour and a half from San Jose, you’ll find yourself in a lush tropical rainforest near the famous La Paz Waterfall. On weekends, local visitors from San Ramón, San José and other cities make the trip to Flory’s place for a tasty and welcoming Costa Rican meal and for the high-quality products that Don Emilio makes in his famous Los Hermanos Arias trapiche (a traditional old mill), where he’s been producing traditional sweets from sugar cane juice for the last 30 years.
After enjoying your traditional meal and a tasty treat from the trapiche, we suggest you take a fresh cup of coffee for stroll through the gardens that are home to an assortment of bird feeders, or perhaps take a walk on the nature trail in the forest reservation.
Costa Rica continues to welcome all international travelers as long as they meet the country’s visa and COVID-19 requirements. A coronavirus test is not required to enter the country.