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…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Monteverde & Around

Reserva Santa Elena

The exquisitely misty 310-hectare Reserva Santa Elena offers a completely different cloud forest experience to Monteverde. Cutting through the veiled forest, the reserve's 12km of dewy trails see much less traffic, …
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…
Wildlife Reserve in Monteverde & Around

Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde

This beautiful cloud forest reserve came into being in 1972, when the Quaker community (which had already set aside a third of its property for preservation), spurred on by the threat of encroaching squatters, joine…
Animal Sanctuary in Cañas

Las Pumas

This wild animal shelter was started in the 1960s by the late Lilly Hagnauer, a Swiss environmentalist. It’s the largest shelter of its kind in Latin America, housing big cats including pumas, jaguars, ocelots, jagu…
Nature Reserve in Monteverde & Santa Elena

San Luis Ecolodge & Research Station

Formerly a tropical biology research station, this drop-dead gorgeous facility is Monteverde’s best-kept secret. Administered by the University of Georgia, it integrates academia with high-quality ecotourism and edu…
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 …
Nature Reserve in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Bosque Eterno de los Niños

What became of the 1980s efforts of a group of Swedish schoolchildren to save the rainforest? Only this enormous 220 sq km reserve – the largest private reserve in the country. It's mostly inaccessible to tourists, …
Museum in Sector Santa Rosa

La Casona

La Casona is the main edifice of the old Hacienda Santa Rosa. The battle of 1856 was fought around this building. There are wonderful displays detailing (in English and Spanish) the old gold-rush route, William Walk…