Photogallery: Costa Rica – A Tropical Paradise
Costa Rica – A Tropical Paradise
heading (paragraph): States
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This time, through photographs, we will introduce you to Central American Costa Rica, which does not have its own army (it was the first to abolish it in the world in 1949). You can look forward to beautiful mountains and dozens of national parks. Costa Rica supplies the world with popular bananas and coffee. The almost 5 million state includes the Coconut Island in the Pacific, 550 km from its coast. Set out to taste a piece of tropical paradise and visit the Irazú Volcano, the capital of San José, the city of Liberia, the Tortuguero National Park and many other amazing places.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Veronika Schubertová
Central America is an area of Caribbean Sea, Mexico Bay (however, at present much interfered with petrol spots) and many small states, which are worth to be visited. So, a Costarica belongs to one of them.
From Panama, we head northwards to neighboring country of Costa Rica. First we choose a flight to the town of David, which is relatively close to the Costa Rica border, and the interstate flights are very convenient. From there we take the bus to the border, the journey with the locals is really cheerful, but we are well on the way - the small port town of Golfito. Just be careful that the customs officers do not forget to stamp your passport, which is a little messy. Otherwise, you will cause many problems. On the border there is a duty-free zone, many locals come here for shopping and there is really a great bustle, at the same time there is a lot of restaurants and various kiosks where you can refresh yourself.
Approximately thirty minutes of drive from the town of Golfito to the small port of Puerto Jiménez, a small town in the province of Puntaneras on the Osa Peninsula. It is probably the cheapest and fastest way (about half to three quarters of an hour) to get to this southern tip of Costa Rica. There is also a regular flight here because there is a small airport in Puerto Jiménez. However, it only holds about 4 passengers, and the flight price is countless higher than for cruises. At the same time, if you are lucky, dolphins will join you on a short journey.
After visiting the exotic Puerto Jimenez and the surf paradise of Matapala, we take a bus along the Pacific coast to the north. Our next stop is Quepos and we are still in the province of Puntaneras. Quepos is about 60 kilometers from the capital of Costa Rica - San José - and is a kind of gateway to the popular tourist park Manuel Antonio.
After visiting Quepos and the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, we set out on another journey through beautiful Costa Rica. Along the Pacific coast we take a local bus to Puntaneras, located on a small promontory in the Gulf of Nicoya and is the capital of the province of the same name.
We still dwell in the north in the town Liberia, from which we had the opportunity to go on a day trip yesterday and experience how beautiful neighboring Nicaragua is. We have a lot places to cross, so today we finally intend to go on a proper tourist trip.
Today a great journey is upon us for we leave Liberia and head to the east coast of Costa Rica, which is washed by the Caribbean Sea. We go to Tortuguero National Park (Parque nacional Tortuguero), located in the province of Limón. The name Tortuguero comes from the Spanish word tortuga - tortoise. The park covers an area of 312 km² and also has a small village. You can only get here by boat or plane.
We move from the wild Tortuguera to the central part of Costa Rica, where we plan to spend the last few days of our trip. The destination is the capital of San José, where we also want to make several trips to the surroundings. We stay in the great Costa Rica Backpackers, a hostel with amazing facilities including a swimming pool, bar, kitchenette or restaurant. They also offer an exchange of money for a very pleasant course and many optional trips.
We reach the volcano by bus, which stops in front of the National Theater in San José and goes directly to the crater parking lot. The road is quite tiring and slow, a short distance from the top will be delayed by a column of cars in front of the ticket offices (like every national park, this one is also charged).