COSTA RICA ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS
Family Holiday Overview
The sound of cicadas fills the forest like a high decibel jet plane whilst scarlet macaws raucously announce their flight paths. In the treetops mischievous spider monkeys pelt half eaten mangoes whilst sleeping sloths host a permanent slumber party. Such gregarious wildlife seem almost cartoonish but this is 100% real. Welcome my friends to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is visually as close as you can get to Jurassic Park (but without the herds of Diplodocus). It is ecologically unspoiled with the one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Think shimmering white beaches backed by thick, lush jungle leading to misty cloud forest. A volcanic central valley hosts a plethora of hot springs, smoking craters and thundering waterfalls whilst wetland swamps strum to the beat of red-eyed tree frogs, green iguanas and the mangrove hummingbird. Expect the brightest shade of every colour imaginable.
Costa Rica offers a fantastic array of outdoor activities from rainforest hikes, kayaking and coffee plantation horse riding to the adrenaline rush of a canopy zip line, rappelling down a canyon and white-water rafting. As one of the safest and most developed countries in the region, Costa Rica is an ideal introduction to Latin America.
They have a phrase for the kind of natural enlightenment found here: pura vida. Translated it means pure life, but in reality it means much more. Pura vida is the archetypical good life. It’s living in harmony, in the moment and to the full. When's the last time your holiday changed how your family sees the world?
- Costa Rica has no fewer than 121 volcanoes, seven of them active. Arenal is the most famous and was considered dormant until it sprang to life in extravagant style in 1968
- Costa Rica is one of the most valued environmental destinations. Approximately 25% of the country has protected forests and reserves. It is also home to over 5% of the world’s biodiversity with over 130 species of fish, 220 of reptiles, 1,000 butterflies (10% of the worlds), 9,000 plants, 20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects!
- Monkeys are one of the most common mammals in Costa Rica. The four common species are the Howler, Spider, White-Faced and Squirrel
- Costa Rica is an extremely peaceful country and has no standing army. In 1949 it abolished its military and began pouring money into conservation
- Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos (male) and Ticas (female). Foreigners are often called “Gringos” (males) and “Gringas” (females)
- Names are confusing in Costa Rica. Ticas do not take their husband's last name instead using her full maiden name for life. Children take their father’s name
- Every Costa Rican radio station plays the national anthem every morning at 7am
- There are usually no street names or addresses. People simply get accustomed to giving directions via landmarks such as, “It’s the blue house just south of the giant banyan tree”