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Costa Rica: Alajuela – Volcan Arenal

Located 15 kilometres from Fortuna between the foothills of the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range and the San Carlos plains, Arenal Volcano National Park covers 12,124-hectare and is one of the most visited destinations in the Northern Zone. We decided to take a trail on a private reserve, known as Arenal 1968, which offers impressive views of Arenal Volcano and lava fields. This park got its name from the Arenal Volcano eruption of 1968 which was one of the most important and crucial events in Costa Rica’s history.
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Costa Rica: Limon Province – Tortuguero National Park

Created in 1975, Tortuguero National Park is the most important green sea turtle nesting ground in the Western Hemisphere. Each year between June and October, tens of thousands of green sea turtles returned to the dark sand beach to lay their eggs. Since the national park was established, sea turtle populations have declined worldwide. But nestings at Tortuguero have increased nearly 500%.
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- Great Green Macaw Sanctuary, Puerto Viejo De Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Limon Province – Ara Manzanillo

Once prevalent throughout the entire Costa Rican Caribbean, Great Green Macaw populations have declined alarmingly in recent decades. The Ara Manzanillo project is one of the programmes aiming to reverse the decline of these beautiful birds. Between 2016 and 2019 more than 30 chicks have fledged and are now flying free, and in 2020, 13 more chicks are growing strong.
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A Resident Hoffman Two-fingered Sloth - Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo

Costa Rica: The Jaguar Rescue Centre

The Jaguar Rescue Centre covers an area of approximately 22,000 square meters and is capable of housing up to around 160 animals temporarily. Tours are run daily at 9:30 am and 11:00 and last for about 90-minutes. You are unlikely to see a Jaguar but there will be plenty of other indigenous wildlife on display; including sloths, spider monkeys, small cats, snakes and birds.
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Costa Rica: Limon Province – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town in southeast Costa Rica, on the Caribbean coast. It’s known for the Salsa Brava surf break and beaches like black-sand Playa Negra. The town is not built up like the towns on Costa Rica's Pacific coast and has a different vibe, with its quirky restaurants and bars that pump-out reggae music .
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Villas Del Caribe - Puerto Viejo De Talamanca, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – Villas del Caribe (Review)

Villas del Caribe is a hotel at the south end of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, near the border with Panama. The property is made up of 2 storey buildings that have rooms that look out across beautifully landscaped gardens to the sea. Our room was spacious and comfortable. It included a big kitchen area that was reasonably well equipped and a dining table. Outside we had an enormous patio. Onsite was the Spicy Coconut restaurant - which was amazing and had several options for vegans!
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A Few Years Back There Was A Brilliant Blue Lake At The Bottom Of The Crater - Sadly No More - Parque Nacional De Irazú - Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Parque Nacional de Irazú

Located in Central Costa Rica, Irazú is an active volcano. Its maximum elevation is 11260 feet (3432 m) above sea level making it the highest volcano in Costa Rica. It used to have a spectacularly blue lake at the bottom of its crater, but an earthquake several years ago reorganized the mountain's plumbing and it drained away. The National Park is very accessible, and it is a beautiful drive . The weather can be changeable, so be prepared for a bit of everything.
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