Top Reasons to Go
Bird-watching: Spot beauties such as the scarlet macaw and resplendent quetzal.
Enormous Corcovado National Park: The last refuge of endangered jaguars and tapirs.
Kayaking: Head to the Golfo Dulce or along the jungly channels of the Sierpe or Colorado River.
Mountain hikes: Hiking paths here range from easy daytime treks around luxurious lodges to Costa Rica's toughest: 12,532-foot Cerro Chirripó.
Wild places to stay: Relax in the country's top eco-lodges, rustic thatch-roof beach bungalows, and cozy mountain cabins.