Destination…Costa Rica

When I start my Google Maps search and look at all the places around the globe that I never  explored, I always make a point to check different continents and examine where I would like to go. I must say something about Central America really appeals to me. While most people think about Belize (another country I hope to visit), I heard such great things about Costa Rica and its rich rain forest that it just really seems like a beautiful place to visit. So in the event that you’re visiting Costa Rica, I have a few activities to check out while you’re there. Check out the 5 things I researched to do in Costa Rica below.

Location: Central America

Surrounding countries (or nearby): Panama and Nicaragua

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Costa Rican Colón

Exchange Rate: $1 US is worth 504.4 Colonóes

  • Visit Arenal Volcano: Relax in the hot springs of the volcano which only stopped erupting as of 2010. This is a popular destination for tourists and locals.
arenal-volcano
Arenal Volcano
  • Take a Canopy Tours and Canon Eering Adventures: This is where you put on canoeing equipment and you descend down the waterfalls propelling down the waterfalls.
    Canopy Tour
    Canopy Tour
  • Take an Aerial Tram Tour: Much of Costa Rica’s biodiversity is in its rain forests. Through the aerial tram you are offered insight into life above the forest floor, combining a peaceful ride, glorious scenery and knowledgeable guides to create an unforgettable journey across the treetops. 
Aerial Tram
Aerial Tram
  •  Visit the National Theatre of Costa Rica:  The theatre is located in the center of San Jose and hosts high quality artistic performances several times a week and is a large tourist attraction. If you have time, performances by the National Symphonic Orchestra (NSO) would be a great thing to check out as they include CostaRican and other such international composers.
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    National Theater of Costa Rica
  • Visit Museo Nacional de Costa Rica: Located in the capital of San Jose, it contains Costa Rica’s geological, colonial, archaeological, religious, and modern history. The Museum is noted for its pre-Columbian staples and the gold room “Sala de Oro” which has collection of 18th Century furniture and designed to emulate actual living quarters in the 18th century.
Museo Nacional
Museo Nacional

Check out www.visitcostarica.com for more information and ideas on places to visit.

Always visit the State Department’s website to find out about places you are planning to visit to better understand the location. Customs and cultures are different everywhere and one should respect and be aware of the environment while visiting.

Images: Doing Costa Rica, Geology, Costa Rica Link, Costa Rica Web

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