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Costa Rica is filled with breathtaking waterfalls and majestic volcanoes:

 


WATERFALLS

LAS CATARTAS DE LOS CHORROS WATERFALLS
Located 3 miles south of Grecia. Visitors may hike the maintained trails and swim in a water hole beneath the falls. There are picnic tables so bring your lunch and enjoy the perfect dining spot. LEARN MORE »

LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS
Explore magnificent waterfalls accessed by paved trails through rain and cloud forest. This wildlife refuge features an aviary and butterfly observatory, rescued jaguars, ocelots, pumas, sloths, capuchin and spider monkeys. You may feed friendly toucans, observe 26 species of hummingbirds and photograph beautiful leaf frogs in the Frog Habitat and venomous snakes in our Serpentarium. LEARN MORE »

LOS JULIANES WATERFALL
Main entry is through the Santa María de Dota area. The access road to Los Julianes runs through a region of virgin mountains called Fila Bayoneta. The waterfall is around 90 meters tall.

SAN GERARDO WATERFALL
To get to this 40-meter waterfall, visitors walk approximately two and a half hours through primary forest, observing spectacular plant and wildlife species.

LOS NOVIOS WATERFALL
Known for the many anecdotes about the origin of its name (“The Couple”), this waterfall adorns the slopes of Picacho hill, and can be viewed from the highway to Ujarrás Valley or the Costa Rica Tourism Board Ujarrás viewpoint.

 


VOLCANOES

VOLCÁN POÁS NATIONAL PARK
Parque Nacional Volcán Poás is the easiest to visit and therefore the most popular.
From the parking a well paved road leads upwards to the crater rim for observation. The park has two easy trails, Sendero Botos to Lagunas Botas crater lake and the longer Sendero Escalonia through dense forest. LEARN MORE »

VOLCÁN TURRIALBA NATIONAL PARK
This 1,257-hectare park’s most important feature is Volcán Turrialba. With an altitude of 3,340 meters above sea level, Turrialba shares a foundation with Volcán Irazú, which is why they are often identified as twin volcanoes. Turrialba features three well-defined craters as well as others misshapen by volcanic activity. LEARN MORE »

VOLCÁN IRAZÚ NATIONAL PARK
This park protects colossal Irazú, which, at 3,432 meters above sea level, is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica overlooking Cartago in the Central Valley. The active volcano has a long history of eruptions and eruptive cycles. The protected area’s many geological features include the Playa Hermosa, Principal and Diego de la Haya craters, as well as the Sapper formation, the highest point in the massif, from which both Caribbean and Pacific coasts may be seen. Visitor services include information, a park ranger station, trails, restrooms, signage, a cafeteria, parking and several natural viewpoints. LEARN MORE »

ARENAL VOLCANO & NATIONAL PARK
One of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park and is a stunning sight. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, Arenal frames the skyline with near perfect symmetry. The immediate area hosts a wealth of activities – including whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking and canopy tours – as well as the friendly town of La Fortuna.  The park has several walking trails and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM. The entrance fee is $6. LEARN MORE »

CERRO BUENA VISTA OR DE LA MUERTE
Part of the Cordillera de Talamanca, this mountain has an altitude of 3,451 meters. If the weather is kind, both Pacific and Caribbean coasts can be seen from its heights. The mountain features an interesting dwarf forest, and temperatures here can drop to zero degrees Celsius. The upper part of the mountain features a possible sub-volcanic dome, Cerro Jaboncillo (3,000 meters), the result of lava emplacement during the Miocene.

OROSÍ HOT SPRINGS
According to the Romanian specialists who assessed Costa Rica’s hot springs in 1981, these waters are effective for relieving muscular pain and reducing stress. Orosí has two pools with good facilities for the national tourists who come to bathe in the waters. LEARN MORE »