National Parks

  • Cahuita

    Home of Cahuita National Park

     

    Cahuita is a small, very rustic town in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. It offers some options for restaurants and small Tico style hotels. The most important attraction of Cahuita town is the National Park, which has the perfect combination of beach and forest. Wildlife is easily watched and it is also a nice place to do snorkeling, since it has a one of the most important coral reef in the country.

    Some of the attractions around the area are:

     Cahuita
  • Chirripo

    The highest mountain in Costa Rica

     

    Cerro Chirripo is the highest point in Costa Rica with an altitud of 3.820 mts or 12.530 pies. It is protected by a National Park with the same name: Chirripo National Park. Hikers climb the Cerro and stay in a rustic lodge on the top. There is a maximun of people allowed in the park. A very trained hiker makes it to the top in 4 hours, but most visitors take 8 to 12 hours to the top.

    On a clear day, it is possible to see the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. The minimun temperature registered at the top is -5 °C. There are a couple of lagoon on top and a beutifula mistical forest.

     
  • Cocos Island Diving Adventure

    Scuba diving adventure

    For Serious Divers!

    It is a magical trip to one of the most marvelous places to visit in the world. Completely away from civilization, it is a little piece of paradise on earth. The underwater of Cocos Island National Park has become famous as divers rate it as one of the best places in the world to view large pelagic species such as sharks, rays, tuna and dolphins. The island has been inscribed as one of UNESCO World Heritage places because of the critical habitats the site provides for marine wildlife.

    A ten-day diving adventure at Cocos Island, 300 miles offshore of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A distinctive and remote scuba diving location, Cocos Island is for the serious diver! Cocos Island has retained its pristine appearance both above and below the ocean's surface. Cocos Island is a very lush, rugged tropical island that is preserved as one of Costa Rica's National Parks. In the waters of Cocos Island, you will dive with white tips and hammerhead sharks, marbled stingrays approaching 6' in diameter, manta rays up to 12' across, giant moray eels and an occasional whale shark! Additionally, you will see Moorish idols, large schools of jacks and tuna, creole fish, lobsters, octopus and other various reef life. Silky sharks, silver tips, sailfish, marlin, and green turtles are also in the area. Visibility averages 80-100' with occasional extremes of 40 and 120'

    The history of Cocos Island is replete with true tales of pirates and explorers. The evidence is everywhere. It can be found in the archives of Spain and England as well as on Cocos itself. For four centuries, adventurers and sailors have left their mark carved in the numerous stones and boulders along the beach of Chatham Bay.

    Come and enjoy they best Costa Rica Adventure Tour for experienced divers.

     

    Guest Comments about the cruise

    - "Awesome trip and crew. Got to see some friends from previous trips and make new ones. There are Always surprises in cocos a treasure worth protecting. WE SAW six different types of shark including A Whaleshark…..need I SAW MORE!" - Dawn and Mike, USA

       Scuba Diving Sites Costa Rica

     

    Cocos Island Diving Adventure ITINERARY 

    Day 1 - Pick up at airport and transfer to hotel. No activities and no dinners.

    You will be met at the airport exit by one of Banana Adventure Tours representatives and accompanied to your hotel in San Jose. The evening is at your leisure. Due to flight schedules in and out of San Jose, the capital city, an overnight stay is recommended both before and after the cruise.  Evening at your leisure.

      The night before departure a representative of the diving company will inform you at your hotel of your pick up time for transport to the vessel. The evenings onshore are at your leisure. Hotel nights and meals before and after the cruise are not included in the charter, but can be arranged by a Banana Adventure Tours Representative.

    Day 2 - Pick up at hotel and transfer to Puntarenas

    You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred by bus to Puntarenas, a seaport village where the beautiful cruise called Sea Hunter boards its passengers. On the day of departure to Cocos Island, generally between 8 AM and 1 PM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred by Fiesta Tours to Puntarenas, the seaport village where you will board the vessel. The drive takes about 2.5 hours and gives you a chance to view the lush tropical forest and rich farmland of the region. On the way there will be a stop for a snack or lunch.

      The price of this meal is not included in the price of the trip. At the end of the trip you disembark at 8 AM and will be transferred back to your hotel in San Jose. That afternoon, you will begin the cruise to Cocos Island. The cruise to Cocos Island takes 30-34 hours and culminates with breathtaking views of numerous waterfalls.

    Day 3 - All day of travel

    There will be ample time to arrange dive and camera gear. The adventure tour for expert divers begins! The cruise gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with the other divers. Located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 300 miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, lies the famous Cocos Island Marine Park.

      A rugged and incredibly beautiful island, this World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of Costa Rica's many National Parks. Cocos Island has an irregular coastline, which makes estimation of land area more a matter of opinion than a surveyor’s science, but it is roughly five miles by two miles (8 x 3 kilometers).

    Day 4 - 10 - Diving time at Cocos Island

    Spent diving the pinnacles around the perimeter of Cocos Island. Divers usually average three dives per day at depths of 60-100' or more. Water temperature of approximately 78-82F (27-30C). The island has two large bays with safe anchorages and sandy beaches: Chatham is located on the northeast side and Wafer Bay is on the northwest. Just off Cocos are a series of smaller basaltic rocks and islets.

    The largest satellite is Isla Manuelita (formerly Nuez). The island also supports a verdant, high-altitude cloud forest. Rare for a small island, this is made possible by dramatic topography, abundant rainfall and surplus water stored in the porous reservoirs of the island itself. This extraordinary island ecosystem is unique to Cocos alone, of all the islands of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (Clipperton, the Revillagigedos, the Galapagos Islands, and Malpelo).

       

    We daily schedule two dives in the morning (8 AM and 11 AM), one in the afternoon (2.30 PM) and a night dive at 6 PM.

    After a dive briefing from our Dive masters on the mother ship, our guests board the two skiffs that each accommodate up to nine divers plus Dive master, who always dive with the group and the Skiff Driver. After a short ride, each of the skiffs will reach a different dive site that is switched on the following dive allowing the two groups to dive the same areas but at different times of the day.

    Day 11 - Seiling back to Puntarenas

    All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures!

    Arrival in Puntarenas and transfer to San Jose.   The cruise will arrive to Puntarenas and immediately after breakfast you will be transported back to San Jose. Upon arrival in San Jose we recommend that you spend an additional hotel night prior to departing from Costa Rica.

       Transfer out. Transfers to the airport will be arranged depending on departure times. 

     

    DIVING LOCATIONS

    Cocos Island is the tip of an ancient volcanic mountain isolated by the surrounding Pacific Ocean. Because of the isolation, Cocos Island has many endemic species, including 2 lizards, freshwater fish, and hundreds of insects. The flora and fauna, marine and terrestrial are simply amazing. All scuba diving sites in Cocos Island are for advanced divers. There are many, but among the most important are Manuelita Island, Dirty Rock, Shark Fin Rock, Pajara, and Big Dos Amigos.

    Manuelita Island - 45 to 150 feet

    Dirty Rock - 65 to 150 feet

    Shark Fin Rock - 5 to 200 feet

    Pajara - 65 to 100 feet

    Big Dos Amigos - 65 to 120 feet

    PRICE PER PERSON

    $6,535.00 per person. This includes: 11-day / 10-night cruise with all meals, all non-alcoholic drinks and beer; Dive master service; three to four dives per day with all nitrox fills, tanks and weights. Seven full days of action-packed diving.

    • Every passenger must pay an additional $245 per person for the Cocos Island National Park fee and $60 per person for Ground Transportation from San José to the pier and return.
    • The vessel has eight cabins (total capacity of 18 passengers): Three double-bed staterooms with private bath, two triples with private bath, and three doubles with a private bath.
    • Diver facilities are extremely well designed: private camera/strobe storage shelves with individual 110 volts AC power, individual gear storage, a private dryer for clients’ towels and bathing suits, etc.
    • The chase boats are superb, two 24' fiberglass cruisers. The crew puts 9 or less divers in each chase boat.
    • This is a superbly comfortable, stable and spacious vessel, with everything a serious diver/photographer could wish for. While on board the Sea Hunter, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to become a certified nitrox and rebreather diver, which will both extend your bottom time, and allow you to get even closer to the marine life.

     

    NOTE: THESE PRICES ARE SUBJECTED TO CHANGE.

    The dates are set for the trips to Cocos Island; however, there are trips three times a month. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to check the dates and the price. There are 10 days trip and 12 day trips.

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    TOUR INCLUDE
    • 11-day / 10-night cruise
    • All meals included
    • All non-alcoholic drinks and beer
    • Dive master service
    • Three to four dives per day with all nitrox fills, tanks and weights.
    FACT FILE
    •  Visit to Coco`s Island National Park
    • 20 different diving sites, including deep blue waters in shallow vertical walls to deep pinnacles (130ft or 40m)
    • Great diving spot all year round. However, for higher visibilitybook a trip from December to May.
    • Get to see dozens of scalloped hammerhead sharks and whitetip reef sharks, among others.
    HIGHLIGHTS
    •  Located in the Golden Triangle (342 miles or 550 km) off Costa Rica mainland.
    OVERALL ACTIVITY LEVEL  High intensity activity. This scuba diving site is considered proper for hardcore divers.
       

     

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  • Hiking

    For the Hike Adventurer

     

    For the soft hiker or the very advance one,Costa Rica has so many trails it is impossible to hike them all. Hiking is a bigactivity in the country, not only for visitors but for weekend trips for nationals too. Besides the 26 National Parks, numerous natural private reserves, botanic gardens, and localforest parks, there are many country side routes that lead to beutiful waterfalls.

    There are so many small local hikes that lead to the local attractions, such as waterfalls, river pools, ancient trees, archeological treasures and beautiful landscapes.

     Tapanti National Park
  • Irazu Volcano

    Three crater active volcano

     

    Cartago Province, where that capital of the country lied some time ago, has a lot to offer. Cartago City is the religious capital of Costa Rica, and there is La Basilica de La Virgen de los Angeles. Beside other nice places such as Ujarras Ruins, Orosi Church and Cachi Dam, the province has two active volcanoes: the Turrialba and de Irazu. Both are very different but because of its closeness they are also called the Twin Volcanoes.

    The area is great for hiking and mountain biking, but mostly it is a place where many tourists enjoy some unique views of active volcanoes. On the picture the two craters are shown; it was taken from Irazu Volcano National Park.

    Turrialba Town is also a great place to enjoy all kind of activities, especially those that have adventure written all over. Enjoy thermal waters, white water rafting, hiking, biking, bird watching, canopy, ATV, etc.

     

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    Irazu Volcano
    Irazu Volcano
  • La Fortuna - Arenal

    A town to relax on thermal waters

    La Fortuna is a charming little town located in the Alajuela Province, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Arenal Volcano. It is situated around 16 miles (26 km) from Ciudad Quesada and 75 miles (120 km) from San Jose. Because of the curvy roads it may take around 3 hours to get from San Jose to La Fortuna. The climate is very variable, it oscillates between 21°C and 27.5°C. The rainy season lasts from May to January, while the dry season runs from February to April.

    The Arenal Volcano is located in the west side of La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the Alajuela Province. It includes the Arenal Volcano and the Chato Volcano. The Arenal Volcano is 1.633 meters high, with an almost perfectly conical shape. It has a crater on the summit of 140 meters deep. Arenal Volcano National Park provides a beautiful view of the active volcano and its current eruptions.

    The park has short trails which pass through young secondary forest and old lava fields from large previous eruptions. The park is part of the Arenal Conservation Area, which stretches 200.000 hectares.

    Among the highlights of the Arenal Volcano area include: hot springs, lush forest, volcanic scenery especially at night with red hot rocks exploding out of the cone, a beautiful waterfall and many different species of flora and fauna.

    The Arenal Volcano is the main touristic attraction of La Fortuna, although you can find a wide range of activities to enjoy in the area, including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking, canopy tours, cave explorations, and more. Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, and since July 29, 1968. Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the Arenal Volcano, is a manmade lake, where many touristic and economic activities take place.

     

    Things to do in La Fortuna:

    1. Arenal National Park
    2. Adventure Tours
    3. Nature hikes and Night Walks
    4. Ecotourism
    5. Lake Arenal
    6. Visit to the little town of Nuevo Arenal
    7. Spa and Thermal Waters
    8. Birdwatching

     

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     Arenal Volcano

    La Fortuna Waterfall

    Lake Arenal and Volcano

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  • Manuel Antonio

    A beautiful beach paradise in the Pacific

     

    Located in the Pacific side of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is a small paradise between mountains and the ocean. The most important place in the area is the Manuel Antonio National Park, which has the perfect combination between hiking and beach time. It is one of the fewest light color sand in the country.

    The closest town is Quepos, where visitors can find less pricy hotels. It is located around 6 km from Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is land full of natural wonders all enclose in the Manuel Antonio National Park.

    This is one of the top beaches in Costa Rica and nice place to surf and relax. It is about 132 km from San José. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation.

     

    Things to do in Manuel Antonio:

     

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     Manuel Antonio

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  • National Parks

    25% of Costa Rica is Protected

     

    There are 26 National Parks in Costa Rica:

    • Arenal Volcano National Park
    • Barbilla National Park
    • Barra Honda National Park
    • Braulio Carrillo National Park
    • Cahuita National Park
    • Carara National Park
    • Chirripó National Park
    • Cocos Island National Park
    • Corcovado National Park
    • Diria National Park
    • Guanacaste National Park
    • Irazú Volcano National Park
    • Juan Castro Blanco National Park
    • La Amistad International Park
    • La Cangreja National Park
    • Las Baulas National Marine Park
    • Los Quetzales National Park
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Maquenque National Park (proposed)
    • Palo Verde National Park
    • Piedras Blancas National Park
    • Poás Volcano National Park
    • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
    • Santa Rosa National Park
    • Tapantí National Park
    • Tenorio Volcano National Park
    • Tortuguero National Park
    • Turrialba Volcano National Park

     

     
  • Poas Volcano

    The second biggest crater in the world

     

    Poas Volcano is known to be the second biggest crater in the world or the first volcanic crater the the world (290 metres or 950 ft deep) . It is located in the Alajuela Province at 1 hour and 15 minutes from San Jose. The Poas Volcano is protected by the figure of National Park, which is approximately 65 square kilometres or 16,000 acres. It`s summit is around 2,700 metres or 8,900 ft.

    It has three main craters: the main crater, Von Frantzuis crater, which is extinct and the Botos crater, which is a beutiful green lagoon. The last eruption of the main crater was during 1952-54 and the Botos Crater was 7.500 years ago; however, there have been some indications that it is slowly building into a probable new eruption.

    Thear ea around the National Park has beautiful landscapes and it is great place to buy strawberries and plums. There are also many attractions around it.

     

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     Poas Volcano
  • Rincon de la Vieja

    Volcanic Paradise

     

    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the largest volcano in northwest Costa Rica, is a remote volcanic complex in the Guanacaste Range. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is located on the Cordillera de Guanacaste, a province of Guanacaste and Alajuela, 27 km northeast of the city of Liberia. Thermal mud pools, waterfall swimming areas and freshwater lakes are also available for visitor use.

    The official road to the National Park winds 27 km east out of Liberia. The way is covered by this white dust and chalky earth. The most interesting are of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is Las Pailas (Kitchen Stoves), which includes 8 hectares of hot springs, boiling mud pots, sulfur lakes and vapor geysers which stain the rocks with red, green and yellow colors; overall it offers a bizarre geological phenomenon unique in Costa Rica.

    Among the highlights of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park include: hot springs, dry forest, volcanic scenery, and many different species of flora.

     

    Things to do in Rincon de la Vieja:

    1. Canyonning
    2. Tubbing
    3. Thermal Waters
    4. Horseback riding
    5. Rincon de la Vieja National Park
    6. Hiking

     

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    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

     

     

     

     

  • Tenorio Volcano

    Tenorio Volcano and Celeste River

     

    Mostly unknown, Tenorio Volcano is one of the 7 active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It is located on Alajuela Province just in the border with Guanacaste. There are various ways to visit the National Park where the volcano lies; it can be from Bijagua Town or La Fortuna, among others. The Celeste River is an amazing jewel product of the combination of two different rivers coming from the volcano that carry special chemicals. When the combine, there is a chemical reaction that produces the wonderful color the entire river is: celeste or light blue.

    Once in the National Park, there is a trail of 7 kilometers where the visitors can enjoy the cold beautifully colored waters of the river and see other interesting points along the way, such as the natural thermal waters, the fumarolas, and the beginning of the river, etc.

     

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     Rio Celeste - Tenorio National Park
  • Turrialba

    The most active volcano in the country

     

    Almost at the same time that Arenal Volcano stop its major activity, Turrialba Volcano began to be very active with some major eruptions of volcanic dust. The volcano is located close to the town of the same name, in the Cartago province.

    The volcano is protected by the Turrialba National Park. Nowadays, the area is closed because of the danger of the eruptions, even though the last major lava eruption tookplace 3.500 years ago. It has an elevation of 3,340 m (10,958 ft).

    Turrialba town is also known to be the second adventure capital of Costa Rica, next to Arenal, and compiting with Providencia. Tours like white water rafting, canyoning, biking tour, ziplinning are famous in the area.

     

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     Turrialba Volcano