You shouldn’t be surprised to see natural sights rank as the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica. The country, which lies in Central America, holds 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. It means that 5 percent of all plant and animal species may be found here, even though the country occupies a mere 0.1% of the earth’s total landmass.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Originally thought to have been dormant, Arenal Volcano erupted in 1968, changing its status to an active volcano. It stayed active since then. Arenal is the main highlight of the national park. It’s currently the most active volcano in Costa Rica.
Rainforests and cloud forests surround the volcano. Marked hiking trails carve through these forests and provide lookout points for viewing plants, trees, animals, and interesting sights. Situated near the volcano is the visitor center, a tourist facility which features an auditorium, an exhibit hall, a souvenir shop, and some restrooms.
Tortuguero National Park
There is only one reason why Tortuguero is one of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica: the turtles. Several species of turtles including Green Sea, Hawksbill, and leatherback turtles nest and lay their eggs along its beaches. Turtles usually lay their eggs at night so if you wish to witness this rare phenomenon, you should arrange a tour. It is worth noting that the only way to reach Tortuguero would be to ride a boat or fly in by plane
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The reserve boasts one of the most diverse wildlife preservations. Species of over 400 different birds, 100 mammals, and thousands of insects live here. Furthermore, there are more than 2,500 plant species in Monteverde; not including the 420 types of orchids.
Besides sightseeing and wildlife viewing, the Monteverde Cloud Forest offers canopy tours and activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and zip lining. Adventures-aside, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica.