Considered to be among Costa Rica's top tourist attractions, volcanoes captivate the attention of both tourists and scientists from all over the world. Due to the many eruptions, the soil in Costa Rica is rich in minerals and very fertile. This fertility has contributed to dense, verdant forestation, which supports not only the myriad bird and wildlife species, but is also home to numerous tropical and exotic plants and trees. Arenal is Costa Rica's most famous and active volcano, producing huge ash columns and glowing red lava almost every day! There are many volcanic areas to visit - watch out for the bubbling mud pools!
Costa Rica is a country rich with nature and where there is nature, there is adventure - the choice here is huge. Canopy tours are one of the most popular activities and certainly not for the faint-hearted. You can be sent zipping across the forest from tree to tree on zip lines, giving a unique panoramic aerial view of the forest below. More traditional activities are also available. Choose from exciting activities such as hiking, climbing volcanoes, kayaking, diving, horseback riding and there's even an 18-hole championship golf course. Surfing is good throughout the year and white-water rafting is world class.
One of the most bio diverse regions in the world and home to some of the most colourful and exotic flora and fauna on earth, Costa Rica's greatest national treasure is its plethora of natural diversity. Lush and verdant throughout the year, Costa Rica's forests have created truly unique habitats that have a microclimate all of their own. You can canoe down the watery forest of the Tortuguero National Park or trek through the pretty Manual Antonio National Park with its gorgeous beaches, or the cloud forests covering the higher slopes of the volcanoes and mountains. Whether you hike, cycle or horseback ride through the jungles, look out for playful monkeys, sloths, lizards and even crocodiles!