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  • 10 Wonders of Costa Rica

    The most beautiful places in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is full of natural wonders; in just a few kilometers and a couple of hours from any point in the country, the landscape and weather can change, from lush green forests to marvelous beaches, from amazing volcanoes to great cloud forests, from unique tropical rivers to great caves. Experiencing Costa Rica could change the way you perceive nature and life, it is full of nice people, a shuttle but great culture, and many adventures to enjoy.

    1. Cocos Island

    Cocos Island (not to be confused with Isla de Coco in Panama), is an uninhabited island located approximately 550 km (340 mi) off shore of the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica. It has an area of approximately 23.85 km², and it is admired by many scuba divers for its populations of Hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species.

    Cocos Island was declared a Costa Rican National Park in 1978, and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. It is the first of Costa Rica Top Wonders and also a candidate for the 7 New Natural World Wonders.

    It is possible to visit the island, and if you are interested, Banana Adventure Tours offers a tour package for professional divers and nature lovers. Please visit the Cocos Island Diving Adventure Package.

     

    2. Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio, located close to the small town of Quepos on the Central Pacific of Costa Rica, is one of the country top touristic places. With emerald waters, dense lush green forest and kind people, Manuel Antonio has everything a visitor may want. The main attraction of these little beach town is the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can bath on beautiful beaches, walk on numerous trails and get to see amazing wildlife so close you won´t believe it.

    Manuel Antonio contains a great combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. It is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Because of that, Manuel Antonio National Park is the most visited park in Costa Rica; with a top of 600 people per day on weekdays, and 800 on weekends. The islands and islets of Manuel Antonio provide an important refuge for a variety of sea birds.

    The three primary beaches of the park are Playas Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio and Puerto Escondido Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is one of the top places for tour packages in Costa Rica, and there are many activities for tourist, including surfing, sea and mangrove kayaking, hiking, butterfly farm and chocolate farm, and ATV.

     

    3. Tortuguero National Park

    Tortuguero is located on the North Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of Costa Rica (green turtle, Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles), one of them is endangered.

    Also, it is an awesome ecotourism place because of the combination of rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. The Tortuguero National Park now includes over 19,000 hectares (46,900 acres) and protects 22 miles of nesting beach from the mouth of the Tortuguero River south to Parisimina.

     

    4. 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.

     

    5. Arenal Volcano National Park

    One of the top places to visit in Costa Rica is La Fortuna Town, where the Arenal Volcano is located. For a long time, the Arenal Volcano has been active, showing regularly red hot stones coming out of the crater. Next to the volcano lies the Arenal Lake, a manmade lake that acts as a dam, and where numerous activities can be enjoy (Standing Up Paddling, kayaking, biking, fishing, etc.).

    The Arenal Volcano can be seen from many places around La Fortuna, but if you really want to have a close look to the majestic mountain, then you must visit the Arenal Volcano National Park. There you will be directed to various look out points and a trail that goes to where the old lava remains.

     

    6. Chirripo National Park

    If you are a nature lover, Cerro Chirripó is truly a place to go when you are in Costa Rica. It is the highest mountain in Costa Rica, with an elevation of 3,820 meters (12,533 ft). It is located in the Chirripó National Park and it is very important because of its ecological wealth. It is known for its high endemism and an extremely high biodiversity. The hike is very hard and a challenge for anyone who try to go to the top of the Cerro.

     

    7. Twin volcanoes: Irazu and Turrialba

    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.

     

    8. Corcovado National Park

    Corcovado is a National Park located on the Osa Peninsula in the southeastern part of Costa Rica. It is the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America. Corcovado National Park encompasses 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats.

    Corcovado is home to a sizable population of endangered animals, including the Baird's Tapir and the very rare Harpy Eagle. The park protects various threatened plant and animal species, and is known to have about 124 species of mammals; 375 species of birds; 117 species of reptiles and amphibians; 66 freshwater fish species; and 70 species of marine crabs. Among the mammals are 4 monkey species, anteaters, sloths, southern river otter, crab-eating raccoon, 5-6 cat species, peccaries and Baird's tapir.

    It is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country. A virtually uninterrupted sandy beach extends for 20 km, with cliffs and pocket beaches at the northern and southern park headlands; there is a marine cave near the southern point.

     

    9. Pacuare River and Reserve

    The Pacuare River is a very beautiful tropical river. Along its course lie a lush green forest, which shelter ocelots, jaguars, monkeys, sloths, and an incredible variety of birds. There are also many waterfalls and a beautiful canyon. It is by far the best whitewater in all of Central America, ranging up to Class V in difficulty. It is also one of the top ten most scenic rivers for white water rafting.

    On the Pacuare River, visitors can find many amenities, and a virgin rain forest. The lowland tropical forest in the Reserve is remarkable for its luxuriant variety and the amazing abundance and diversity of wildlife found within it. Other rivers close by, such as the Reventazon, are also beautiful but never like the Pacuare.

     

    10. Barra Honda Caves

    Barra Honda is unique among the National Parks of Costa Rica: its main attraction is an intricate large system of limestone caverns which house a multitude of capricious forms and figures. The caves range from a few feet to over 780 feet (240 meters) deep. Pozo Hediondo (Fetid Pit) Cave was named for the aroma of the guano deposited by thousands of resident bats.

    The deepest of the Barra Honda caves is Santa Ana which sinks to 249 meters. La Trampa (the trap) has the deepest precipice - a vertical entrance of 30 m length. The calcareous formations of the limestone caverns at Barra Honda National Park are the main visitor attraction. Only about 50% of the complex has been explored to date.

     

     

    Written by Caro Goodfellow

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  • About Us

     

    BANANA ADVENTURE TOURS is a travel agency and tour operator located in San Jose, Costa Rica. We have been on the travel business for more than 15 years and we do know the wonders of Costa Rica and how to offer you the best possible option to visit many interesting sites, live a wonderful experience and fall in love with the country all in your vacation time.

    We believe than more than having a nice vacation, a trip is an opportunity to open your world and your mind, to live unique experiences that will go with you longer than any object or thing that you may get as a souvenir.

    Costa Rica is a small country, but it offers so many activities and landscapes, all that can be done between 7 to 15 days, at least to have a good understanding of the culture and the people that live here. Costa Rica is MORE than its biodiversity, it is a country of peace with no army, and a colorful culture that have been hiding from our visitors. We invite you to experience it.

    Our main goal is for you to have a wonderful vacation, and not to worry about the planning details and logistics. You just have to tell us what you want and we will make sure you have everything you ask for and more. Our service is our main flag, and our clients our most important asset.

    We are most than an online travel agency, we are a small group of people committed to our business and our clients. My name is Carolina Goodfellow and I will be in charge of your vacation. Contact me to my e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what you want. 

     

    Get to know us before your trip, please visit our Facebook Fan Page - Facebook/BananaAdventureTours -, ask our past clients and ask us all the questions you need. 

    Create your own customized tour! Please check Custom and Family Designed Adventure Tours.

    For more information please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

     

     

    Costa Rica Pura Vida

     

  • Adventure Travel in Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

    ¨TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER¨

    - Anonymous

     

    Take some time for yourself, your family and friends and come to Costa Rica to enjoy an adventure that you will never forget. Banana Adventure Tours offers different tour packages for a wide range of budgets and requirements; customer tailor adventure is our specialty! Traveling is something that will give you the best memories to remember good times and great experiences. Choose a combination of adventure tours and relaxing places to experience nature in its purest state.

    Costa Rica is definitely your best travel destination this year!

    Call us through Skype (CHAMITART), write a message via our online chat, or just write to our WhatsApp +506 85201243 and one of our representative will answer all your questions in real time.

  • Costa Rica Solo Travel Tour

    Solo Travel Adventure in Costa Rica

    Solo Adventure Travel in Costa Rica

    Traveling Solo does not have to be intimidating; it will give you the freedom to experience the wonders of a country such as Costa Rica. It is actually a life changing experience that will set a peace in your future travel plans. The main thing about traveling solo in Costa Rica is being informed about where you are going and Banana Adventure Tours gives you everything you need to know and more to make sure this trip is the most rewarding experience in your life.

    This is a special tour for solo travelers that would like to enjoy the wonders of Costa Rica and get to meet other people on their vacations. A little bit like stepping out of our safe zone to experience the culture and idiosyncrasy of a whole new country. We have chosen for you hotels that are not luxurious but that are small, clean and beautiful, with hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, breakfast and a good location.

     

    Guest Comments

    "It was AWESOME! I basically told them exactly what I wanted to do (I’d never been to Costa Rica before) andthey put the perfect itinerary together for me. This was my first time traveling aloneso I was very worried about having it all planned out and trusting the company I went with." J. Loso 2016

     

    Everything was PERFECT!!! The rio celeste tour and the cave adventure were way too cool!! and the Baldi Spring was unbelievable!! and all the tour guides were so nice and very knowledgeable! and Carolina was so great and patient with all my bookings! She even came to my hotel so i could meet her! S. Taylor 2015

     

     

    Solo travel group hiking 

     

    Costa Rica Solo Travel Adventure ITINERARY

     

    Day 1 - Arrive to San Jose (International Airport Juan Santamaria), Transfer to a hotel in San José. Overnight in San Jose.
    Welcome to Costa Rica!

    You will be met on your arrival to San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport by one of our company representative. Then you will be accompanied to your San Jose Hotel, located near the center of San Jose. That first night you will prepare for your adventure tours and enjoy the night life and gastronomy of the city.

     

     

    What to wear: Comfortable clothes.
    Transfer duration: From International Airport to San Jose the ride lasts 30 minutes aprox.
    Activity level: Easy.

     

    Day 2 - White Water Rafting Pacuare River (Class III-IV). Overnight at La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano) (BL)

    After breakfast we head to the Rio Pacuare for a wonderful Class III-IV White Water Rafting trip. It must be said that Pacuare River was categorized by National Geographic as one of the top 5 most scenic rivers for white water rafting in the world. After a brief introduction to paddling, we launch our rafts down the mighty Pacuare River. We traverse eight miles of remote and scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation that completely covers the riverbank. The numerous rapids are interspersed with stretches of calm, tranquil water providing an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding tropical beauty.

    After a great day on the river, we head towards La Fortuna, where Arenal Volcano is located. Arenal is one of the world's most active volcanoes, thundering and blowing since 1968. Arenal is located in the Tilaran Mountains and dominates the background of today's tour. We explore its National Park, and hike its trails through the forest to a safe viewing observatory from which you may see the majestic volcano's fireworks.

     

     

    What to wear: Rubber-soled sandals, shorts or swimsuit, cap, towel, a dry set of clothes.
    Tour duration: One day tour.
    Transfer times: From La Fortuna to rafting base - 2 hour 30 minutes aprox.
    Activity level: Moderate.

     

    Day 3 -  Rappeling tour, Arenal Volcano hike and Baldi Hot Springs. Overnight at La Fortuna (BD)

    First thing in the morning, we head to one of the most adventurous tours you can experience in Costa Rica and specifically in the Arenal area. With 5 Rappels (4 waterfalls and 1 rock wall) in a rainforest, you will enjoy a rush of adrenaline and tons of fun. Have a vegetarian lunch on the base and head to the hotel to rest a little bit before your next tour. In the late afternoon, you will visit the Arenal Volcano lookout point, see the old dry lava from the Volcano explosion in 1968, and finish the day at the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs or Ecotermales, depeding on your expectations.

     

     

    What to wear: Rubber-soled sandals, shorts or swimsuit, cap, towel, a dry set of clothes.
    Transfer times: 25 min aprox.
    Tour duration: 5 hours.
    Activity level: Moderate.

     

    Day 4 - Transfer Van/Boat/Van to Monteverde. Night Walk at Valle Escondido. Overnight at Monteverde Area (B).

    Enjoy your last day in the area visiting the marvelous La Fortuna Waterfall. To get to the entrance of the trail you will be transported by horseback riding, and the walk down 400 steps to get to the bottom of the waterfall. You will have time to take pictures, enjoy the area and even take a swim on the little pond formed by the river fall.

    Back to the hotel, you will be picked up around 2:00 p.m. to head to Monteverde, where the cloud forest is located. The transfer is made taking a van to the Arenal Lake, then a boat through the lake and finally a van to your hotel in Monteverde.

     

     

    What to wear: Rubber-soled sandals, shorts or swimsuit, cap, towel, a dry set of clothes.
    Transfer times: 15 min aprox.
    Tour duration: 3 hours 30 minutes.
    Activity level: Moderate.

     

    Day 5 - Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges experience on the Monteverde Reserve. Overnight at Monteverde (B).

    Continue the fun by experiencing one of the most famous tours in Costa Rica: the canopy tour. Enjoy the zip linning activity from the first place it was ever created, plus the adrenaline rush of the Tarzan Swing and the Hanging Bridges, also called Sky Walk through the cloud forest.

    In the late afternoon, you will have a chance to see the forest from yet another perspective: at night. Enjoy the night wildlife, the sounds and smells of nature on the dim hours of the day.

     

     

    What to wear: Cap, jacket, boots or tennis shoes, comfortable clothes.
    Transfer times: 20 min aprox.
    Tour duration: 5 hours
    Activity level: Moderate.

     

    Day 6 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio Beach, free time at Manuel Antonio. Overnight at Manuel Antonio (B).

    Just after a good breakfast, you will take a transfer to one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio. Located in the rain forest, Manuel Antonio combines mountain and beach to create a majestic landscape.

     

     

    What to wear: Comfortable clothes, boots or tennis shoes.
    Transfer times: 4 hours aprox.

     

    Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park Hike. Overnight at Manuel Antonio (B).

    Manuel Antonio National Park is perhaps one of the most popular National Parks in Costa Rica. Its fame comes from its white sand beaches backed by a lush green forest that grows right up to the high tide line. It is a paradisiacal place with primary and secondary forest, mangrove swamps, and lagoons. It is almost certain that you will see some wildlife, including monkeys, sloths and many species of birds. This tour is the perfect combination between beach time, and forest hikes!

     

     

    What to wear: swimming suit, towel, shorts, conformable clothes, and boots or tennis shoes.
    Transfer times: 15 min aprox.
    Tour duration:4 hours
    Activity level: Moderate.

     

    Day 8 - Transfer to San Jose. Overnight at San José Hotel (B)

    Enjoy your last day on the beach, just before you get transfer back to San Jose. You can decide if you want to stay in the beach the whole morning and travel in the afternoon, or if you prefer arriving early in San Jose and getting to know a little bit of the capital city of Costa Rica.

     

     

    What to wear: comfortable clothes, boots or tennis shoes.
    Transfer times: 3 hours aprox.

     

    Day 9 - Transfer Out (International Airport) (B)

    Depending on your flight information we will set your pick up time to be transferred to the International Airport. The international flight company policies states that travelers should be at the airport at least three hours in advance to make sure that everything is correct and that you will have time to go through security points.

       

     

    PRICE PER PERSON Prices vary depending on the type of hotels, the number of people, the number of activities and the type of transportation.

    We have different packages that will meet your expectations and budgets. Please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to Customized Tour.  In this package you have 11 tours included, transportation to every hotel and tour, guide, some meals (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner), (B) breakfast - (L) Lunch - (D) Dinner, and all taxes.
    DEPARTURE DATES Any day 2016 and 2017.
    This package is open all year through.
    FACT FILE
    • 9 land days.
    • Stars with a transfer to Arenal on the arrival date and finishes in San Jose.
    • All breakfasts included.
    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit to three different areas of Costa Rica.
    • Site visit to two different active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano)
    • Visit 6 of the 7 provinces of Costa Rica (San Jose, Cartago, Limon, Heredia, Alajuela and Guanacaste)
    • Great combination of adventure tours.
    ACCOMMODATIONS Comfortable, well-located accommodations with all services: private bathrooms, hot water, Cable TV
    OVERALL ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate - This adventure package is designed for people who like soft adventures. To increase the activity level, please ask us for more options.
       


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  • Gastronomy

    What do Tic@s eat?

     

    Costa Rica is one of the Latin American countries with more gastronomic variety. You won’t believe how many different dishes you can try in Costa Rica. At first, it does not look that way because the touristic industry has standardized one or two national dishes o it is easier and better accepted by visitors. However, once you go to the country side and spend a little time with common people, you will be amazed by the variety. Take a look to the most common traditional dishes in Costa Rica.

    • Casados - (Spanish, "married man") Whenever visitors come to Costa Rica, the traditional dished offered is "Casados", which includes some meat (fish, pork, chicken or beef) with fry plantain, salad (coleslaw or lettuce), rice, black or red beans, "picadillo" (which we will explain later on this post) and a "tortilla". However, if you try a "Casado" on a tico house, or on a small soda, you may also see some tomatoes spaghetti and boiled egg. In some restaurtants, they may serve "casados" with some slices of avocado.

    This is usually a big dish, full of carbohydrates, but delicious and nutritive. If you are interested about some history about this traditional dish, there are two known theories: some people assure that the term "casados" was originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home. Another theory is that the rice and beans are married, since they are always together.

    • Gallo Pinto - (Spanish "painted roster") It is a traditional dish also eaten in Nicaragua. Actually, most Latin American countries have some sort of dish like "Gallo Pinto" (in Cuba is called "Moros y Cristianos" and in Venezuela "Arroz con Caraotas"). It is a dished base on the combination of rice and beans. Traditionally the used beans are the black ones, although you may find many "Gallo Pintos" made with red beans (never white ones). The history of this dish is not well known, but some people say it came to Latin America with the migration of Africans.

     

    • Olla de Carne - Another traditional dish made of hearty beef stew fortified with taro root, potatoes and sweet potatoes. The history of this dish goes back to a jewish dish called "Adafina". It is better eaten on lunch time, since it is a pretty big dish, which is served with white rice, and stew and all the different roots and vegetables. Some people add a endemic vegetable called "Tacacos" and others add plantain, yuca, quelites, and pumpkin (ayote), among other ingredients.

     

    • Other dishes are: pozole, tamales, chorreadas, picadillo de arrachache, cajetas, sopa de leche, mondongo, rice and beans, bizcocho, arroz con leche, arroz con pollo, y empanadas de chiverre.

     Cajetas en Costa Rica

     

    Tortillas de queso

  • Sarapiquí - University Group

  • Yoga

    Spiritual Travel Costa Rica

     

    Yoga  

    Renovating your energy and health

    Veggy food

    More than health tourism, spiritual tourism will also help you reestablish your physical, psychological and spiritual health. Most people associate the word “healing” with only physical care; however, healing is also about improving your health in many levels, including of course the physical level, but also the psychological and spiritual one.

    Our travel circuits are made for you to experience a good combination of adventure and spirituality, where you can develop your intuition and connect your mind and body in the present now and here. Intuition is an insight that comes to you without reasoning or analysis.

    Also, during your vacation you may choose to do volunteer work and to share experiences with local people on small communities. It is a way to practice compassion and respect with all people. It is worth mentioning that compassion is not pity, agreement, or a waiving of your rights, it is open your hearts to people you care about. Compassion reflects the wisdom that everything is related to everything else, and it naturally draws you into feeling more connected with all things.

    Compassion also can incline you to helpful action, as many studies have shown.