Staying in San Jose? 3 ways to see the Costa Rican Rainforest

We know that the city has a lot to offer, and maybe you’re just loving hanging out in our luxury San Jose apartments! But you cannot leave Costa Rica without having experienced the magnificent world of the rainforest and its inhabitants.

 

By Boat: Perfect for naturalists who will really appreciate the rich flora and fauna of this beautiful region, or those who just don’t want to exert too much energy! You can leave San Jose in the morning and make your way by road through the slopes to the Caribbean side of the Braulio Carillo National Park deep in “Costa Rica’s Amazon”. Continue on to the Carribean coast then take a boat through the lakes and canals of Tortugero National Park, and you’ll get to see the sloths, monkeys, birds and butterflies of the rainforest as you drift by.

 

On a zipline: San Jose is located in the Central Valley region, which means you’re closer than you think to places where you’ll get strapped to a wire and fly above the forest. Zipline, or ‘Canopy’ tours are everywhere in Costa Rica, and they are the perfect way for adrenaline junkies to take in the magnificence of the rainforest. Granted, you’ll probably scare away all the wildlife with your shrieking, but it will be an experience to remember.

 

At night: Feel like you’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to the rainforest? How about doing it in the dark! More than 60% of the wildlife found in Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests is nocturnal, and Monteverde is a great place to get up close and personal with them after bedtime. The Hidden Valley reserve there is situated at a lower elevation, between tropical wet and seasonal moist forests, and its abundance of fruit trees makes the reserve an ideal home for a variety of birds, mammals, and exotic insects. Get ready for snakes, spiders (especially tarantulas), tree frogs, coatimundis, agoutis, sloths, and armadillos – not for the faint of heart!

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