Costa Rica is most known for its beaches, volcanoes, and unique biodiversity. More than half of its territory is protected jungle! A famous spot to experience hiking, hot springs and great views is Arenal Volcano. Too see more of Costa Rica’s nature, visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero, Corcovado, Selvatura Adventure Park and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is the perfect beach for backpackers and a surfer’s favorite. There are also places for wind- and kitesurfing, like Lake Arenal. You can also volunteer in Costa Rica by helping sanctuaries like Territorio de Zaguates, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary or Jaguar Rescue Center.
San Jose is home to cultural spots like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Mercado Nacional de Artesanias (handmade crafts market). Get a city overview by taking a San Jose Walking Tour with one of the many groups offering it downtown. Costa Rica is near the equator, so the weather is tropical with a rainy season from May to November. Remember to avoid the heavy rains by going in the dry season: December to April. There are also many things to do near San Jose, like a day-trip to see Irazú Volcano, or Poás Volcano National Park. Visit Ujarrás to see historical sites in the Orosí Valley of Cartago.
Costa Rica is a great place to learn about sustainable life, permaculture and environmental conservation. Worldpackers offers a number of opportunities to exchange work for accommodation in a city hostel, farm or eco lodge in Costa Rica. You can save money while helping a cause, how great is that? Some hosts also offer meals, discounts, drinks and other advantages.