Four Great Destinations in Costa Rica

February 7, 2020 - 3 minutes read

Many countries have secret places, great activities and fantastic hotels that are yet to be discovered by the travel industry or mass tourism.

Terranova offers its list of places in Costa Rica that well-seasoned travelers seeking exclusivity and something completely new should definitely experience.

Golfo Dulce

Golfo Dulce is one of the world’s very few tropical fjords, a tiny place where the ocean is deep enough to host many species (most of them still unknown to humans).

Dolphins often accompany your boat and humpback whales are quite easily seen. Beyond these maritime wonders is Piedras Blancas National Park, part of the Corcovado rainforest.

This astonishing park offers a multitude of wildlife including the four monkey species. You can hear and see flocks of the scarlet macaws as well as mammals ranging from cute agoutis and curious coatimundis to the big Baird’s tapir and mysterious jaguars.

And all of this is available with luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals.

Hacienda AltaGracia

In the mountains of southern Costa Rica is the 850-acre Hacienda AltaGracia, a breathtaking Auberge Resort that encompasses luxury, privacy, and an almost tangible sense of tranquility.

An extended stay is necessary to fully enjoy all activities offered at the hacienda. Previously a working cattle ranch, horseback riding is obviously a highlight at AltaGracia. Guests can also visit nearby Chirripo National Park or arrange a day trip to the Pacific coast for whale watching, hiking in Manuel Antonio National Park or simply relaxing on the beach. Ultra-light flight tours, mountain biking, yoga, birdwatching, ziplining, rafting, and hiking are also available.

The hacienda’s gourmet-style restaurant serves innovative cuisine that blends international flavors and the freshest local ingredients.

Río Celeste and Tenorio National Park

Rainforests are the lungs of Mother Earth and northern Costa Rica boasts one of these magical forests, a region that offers both the turquoise-colored Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano National Park.

The river’s light-blue hue derives from a volcanic chemical cocktail that instills the whole forest a magical atmosphere.

Local hotel are as enchanting as the forest around them, gorgeous rooms and luxurious amenities that make you never want to leave.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Costa Rica has more than 112 volcanoes, so they’re hard to miss. And why would you? They’re like Earth dragons — powerful, impressive, beautiful and mysterious.

At over 34,000 acres, Rincon de la Vieja National Park takes take you on a surreal trip through verdant and exuberant rainforests, twin volcanoes, dozens of rivers and streams, waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

Among the many activities at the park are hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, mud baths, swimming, picnicking and camping. Trails lead through lush forest and savanna with cacti and spiny trees, to boiling ponds and places where geothermal steam escapes through cracks in the surface.

Hotels and lodges near the national park offer spas and unforgettable hacienda experiences.

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