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In the country that invented ecotourism, nature is predictably the main attraction. The surprise is how varied these natural offerings are for such a small nation, especially in the northwestern coastal province of Guanacaste. For sun, water and sand worshippers, Guanacaste is known as the best place in Central America to surf—and the province boasts the nation’s sole pink-sand beach. While much of Costa Rica and Central America is covered in rain forests, Guanacaste is more arid and is home to 98 percent of the world’s rare dry tropical forest. Begin your exploration within the 2,300-acre (900-hectare) Peninsula Papagayo community, where rare native plant and tree species have been carefully labelled to create the Trail of Giants. The signature way to experience Costa Rica’s flora up close is with a zip line “flying” tour through the treetop canopy, but for the less adventurous, sky walks are offered on networks of cable suspension bridges. The rest of Costa Rica can be explored on guided day trips. Palo Verde National Park, where the dry forest mingles with rich rivers and marshes, is a popular wildlife viewing excursion, as is a float down the Corobici River. After all, Costa Rica contains 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Tel. +(506) 2696-0000
Fax +(506) 2696-0010
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