Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Bagaces

Llanos de Cortés

If you have time to visit only one waterfall in Costa Rica, make it Llanos de Cortés. Scramble down a short, steep trail to reach the spectacular 12m-high, 15m-wide waterfall, which you’ll hear before you see. The f…
National Park in InterAmericana Norte

Parque Nacional Palo Verde

At the head of the Golfo de Nicoya, the 184 sq km Parque Nacional Palo Verde is a wetland sanctuary in Costa Rica’s driest province. The park’s shallow, permanent lagoons are focal points for wildlife, including the…
Park in InterAmericana Norte

Santa Rosa Sector

Santa Rosa is the southern sector of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste. Some 30km of hiking trails weave through this tropical dry forest, offering fantastic vistas of the Cordillera de Guanacaste and the Valle Na…
National Park in InterAmericana Norte

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja

Given its proximity to Liberia, this park (141 sq km) feels surprisingly uncrowded and remote. Named after the steamy main attraction – the active Volcán Rincón de la Vieja (1895m) – the park includes several other …
National Park in Volcán Tenorio Area

Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio

The park's heavenly blue river, waterfalls and lagoons are among the most spectacular natural phenomena in Costa Rica; as a result, the park is known to locals simply as Río Celeste (though it's officially named aft…
Park in Liberia

Parque Central

The somewhat shady but not particularly picturesque Parque Central frames Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción de María. The park is also the seasonal hangout of the Nicaraguan grackle, a tone-deaf bird with a grating call…
National Park in La Cruz

Parque Nacional Guanacaste

With the addition of Parque Nacional Guanacaste (345 sq km) in 1989, the Area de Conservación Guanacaste became part of a protected nature corridor stretching from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast. Currently the d…
National Park in Montes de Oro

Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Peñas Blancas

This 24 sq km refuge, not to be confused with the Nicaraguan border crossing of the same name, runs along the steep southern arm of the Cordillera de Tilarán. Elevations here range from 600m to 1400m above sea level…