Rainforests and jungles
The rainforests of Costa Rica are among some of the most productive and unique ecosystems of the world.
In the southwest and lowland Atlantic regions you’ll find tropical rainforests, while on the high slopes of volcanoes and mountains you’ll be met with cloud forests blanketed in a mysterious mist. In the lower elevations on the North Pacific coast, less dense, tropical dry forests abound and you can explore mangroves filled with natural life.
Over 10,000 plant species have been documented across Costa Rica’s rainforests. Visitors here can expect to spot giant orchids, towering trees thickly coated in moss blocking out the sun, long looping vines and layers and layers of rich vegetation. The country’s national tree, the Guanacaste – also the name of a region – produces wide umbrella-like canopies that make the perfect hiding place for the slow moving sloth.
Hiking and horseback riding are popular on the ground, with ziplining above the canopy another firm favourite. At Isla Damas you’re able to experience kayaking and safari float trips, while around the volcanic ranges visitors can rappel down waterfalls and explore the thick cloud forests adorned with bubbling hot springs.