Surrounded by lush green forests and banana plantations, this popular city was once just a small port town. Located at the junction of the Puerto Viejo River and Sarapiqui River, this is quickly becoming a popular destination for adventure-seeking tourists and nature enthusiasts. And for good reason as this area has much to offer.
Several protected zones such as Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station are within a close distance as well as the adventure mecca, the Sarapiquí River. At the base, north of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí is the gateway to many outstanding locations and activities in the area. Many popular and still active volcanoes, like the Poás Volcano, along the ranges to the southwest are within driving distance. Heading a little further to the east gets you to Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean coast. Once you enter the area, it is not hard to see why it is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.
The Sarapiquí River provides incredible class I through IV white-water rafting and kayaking that will keep your heart pounding. A more tranquil option would be one of the many river excursions available exposing the dense vegetation and scenic wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity of seeing caiman, sloths, monkeys and even crocodiles along the shore.
An amazing spectacle is the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The series of five waterfalls are some of the most spectacular in the country. The grounds also have the world's largest butterfly observatory, and a garden with 24 different species of hummingbirds.
Adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station, Rara Avis was created in an effort to preserve the natural rainforest and explore the economic value it possess to thwart any future destruction thereof. Many (muddy) hiking trails are set up to explore the area. Monkeys, coatimundis and anteaters are the most commonly viewed mammals. Another 102 species of reptiles and amphibians and over 360 species of birds make up the biodiversity in Rara Avis. Many projects in conservation and biodiversity can be witnessed first-hand.
Ways you can help in Sarapiqui
The mission of this Nature Park is to promote environmental awareness through exciting up-close and personal encounters with nature. These experiences bring you and your family insights and an appreciation for the vital role reforestation plays in the environment. As a result of reforestation efforts throughout the past 25 years the Nature Park has become home […]