The Caribbean island of Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination. Along with many resorts, hotels and beaches, tourists have the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and fine shopping. However, there are many natural and manmade Costa Rica tourist attractions that you should have your itinerary when you visit this island.
1. Arenal Volcano National Park and the Centre. This is an active volcano located in San José, Costa Rica tour usuallystart in the afternoon and will involve about an hour's walk through the lava rocks before reaching the place where you can see the volcanic eruption. The spectacle of the eruption and lava flow from the observatory is spectacular and is a show that will remain in memory for years to come. The best time to see the eruption after sunset when the lights are glowing lava at the sky. If you visit on a cloudy day, you can not see anything.
2. Church of Our Lady of Los Angeles. This is the most popularCartago Church in the region, if not all of Costa Rica The focal point of the church is the statue of the Virgin Mary, called La Negrita. As the legend goes, the statue was discovered at the site of the present church in 1635 and miraculously reappeared after it was removed. This is a destination for thousands of pilgrims every year, particularly on August 2.
3. The Rainmaker. This is a series of suspension bridges on the Pacific coast of the island. It 'was the first aerial walkwayCentral America and reaches 25 stories high at the highest point. The area around the bridge is spectacular rainforest trails that meander along streams and glorious waterfalls.
4. Rainforest Aerial Tram. This is a train that moves along the canopy of the rainforest. There are 22 train cars, each of which can carry five passengers. A naturalist guide points to places of interest and explains the workings of the rainforest, and the names of birds and animalsyou may be able to see.
5. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. This type of forest is generally cloudy and humid because of its high altitude. There are eight different ecological zones within the reserve, with over 400 species of birds, 110 species of amphibians and lizards, 100 species of mammals and more than 2500 species of plants. Some paths might be a little 'muddy so visitors are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear.
6. Santa Rosa National Park. Thisis one of the oldest parks in Costa Rica It covers almost 100,000 hectares of land on the peninsula of Santa Elena. Numerous trails offer breathtaking views and a chance to see many types of wildlife. It is the largest dry tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the best places to camp in Costa Rica is home to a sanctuary of sea turtles and beautiful beaches for swimming and surfing.