Costa Rica is the perfect travel for nature lovers, and it is very easy to travel, thanks to a very infrastructure of roads, facilities and so on.
A car is highly recommend if you want to see most of the sightseeings, as we did ourselves. A 4×4 is recommended, since roads are quite bumby, especially if you want to reach far south like Corcovado National Park.
There are so many things to see that I decided to split the travel into more articles, the first one is on Volcano Arenal and Rio Celeste.
Starting from San Jose, the capital, our first stop was Poas Vulcano , a nice place for a short hike on the slopes of a vulcano. Unfortunately recently it has been shut down, so we could only enjoy the view from the beautiful lodge Poas Lodge, which I highly recommend for the view on San Jose valley, really astonishing.
From Poas we made a stop on the road on the famous iguana brige, located between poas and La Fortuna, where we can spot from the main road huge and beautiful iguanas. Just park the car and look around the bushes to spot 1.5mt long iguanas!
On the way to La Fortuna, you should also stop at Projecto Asis, a wildlife rescue center, where you can interact with animals saved from the cruelty of humans, and learn how to respect more nature and animals.
Here’s a toucan which beck was melted with acid by someone….
This little guy is a raccoon, who stay awake during the day and sleeps at night, the opposite of which he should do…also nicknamed the drunk raccoon!
La Fortuna is home of the famous Volcano Arenal, here you can some quite few activities and enjoy the hot thermal baths all around the area.
On the main activities is walking on hanging bridges, which is perfect to enjoy the view of the jungle. I storngly recommend you to do it by yourself and not joining a group, otherwise you will lose the silence of the forest!
If you are lucky enough you can spot some wildlife like the beautiful Yellow-throated toucan!
A couple of hours of driving north of Arenal, there is one of the hidden gems of Costa Rica, an unmissable sight, Rio Celeste: it is a light blue river that sparkles among the jungle, forming a waterfall and different pools. It is located inside the Volcano Tenorio National Park.
The Waterfall is the first stop along the trekking: please remember that you can’t swim anywhere in the park, very very unfortunately. Just outside the park, however, there is a bridge where nearby you can park your car and take a swim in the river, that comes out from the national park.
The trekking trails reserves some “Indiana Jones moments”, like one-man bridges that you can walk on only one person at a time, while observing the unreal light-blue river that flows beneath you
The end of the trail brings you where the river gets its color, which is due to some minerals in the water.
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