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Whale and Dolphin Watching On Your Costa Rica Adventure

Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, Costa Rica has dual coastlines that offer whale and dolphin enthusiasts many opportunities to observe these beloved creatures. The warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, which form the eastern border of Costa Rica, and the Pacific Ocean, which forms the western border, are a favorite of up to 25 different species of whales and dolphins. Some travel up to 5,000 miles to breed and give birth in these waters.

Whale Watching

Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale watching season in the world. These graceful giants come to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica from North and South America and Antarctica. From August to November and December to March, humpbacks can often be spotted in the areas of Drake Bay, Cano Island and Corcovado. Ballena National Marine Park, along the central Pacific Costa Rican Coast, was established in 1990 to protect the whales for which it was named. Ballena means whale in Spanish. Killer whales and sperm whales are also frequently spotted. Two popular places to see sperm whales are Drake Bay and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife refuge. They are visible from the beaches. If you want a closer look, it’s wise to take a whale-watching tour.

Dolphins Galore

Several dolphin species inhabit the waters of Costa Rica year-round. On the Caribbean side of the nation, bottlenose and spotted dolphins can be found near Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo. Bottlenose and spotted dolphins are also commonly found all along the Pacific Coast. From December to March, the spinner and common dolphin species flock to the area as well. The common dolphin species is known for its high-flying antics and is a favorite of dolphin watchers.

Many organized dolphin-sighting tours are available in the northern, central and southern areas of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. You don’t have to take a tour to see these friendly marine mammals, however. Dolphins are often seen from the beach or while snorkeling, fishing, sailing and on other adventure excursions. Don’t expect to find a “swim with the dolphin” encounter, though, as this practice was stopped in 2006 to protect the species.

The choice of adventures in Costa Rica is vast. Costa Rica Rios has been voted one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies in the world by National Geographic Adventure. We specialize in all-inclusive adventure vacations. Contact us to help you plan your Costa Rica adventure.

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How the World Cup will Enhance Your Cost Rica Adventure

The World Cup Draw for soccer in Brazil 2014 is officially over, and Costa Rica finds itself in the dangerous Group D with European powerhouses Italy and England, and South American juggernaut Uruguay. Though Group G (where the US was placed) is widely considered the ‘Group of Death’, the Ticos certainly won’t feel lucky to be grouped with such stiff competition. It will, however, make for an incredible summer adventure in Costa Rica.

Traveling to a soccer-crazed nation like Costa Rica during a World Cup summer is an experience like no other. National pride is at an all-time high. Towns and cities bloom into vibrant communities, and entire nations gasp, rejoice and cry as one at the mercy of “the beautiful game.” Whether you watch La Sele play on TV in a breezy beachside bar, in a packed plaza that projects the game on a big screen, or in the home of a friendly Tico, you can be sure that the whole country will be watching alongside you.

Costa Rica failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and now it takes great pride in the fact that their in-form national team made it through to Brazil 2014 in dominating fashion. One of only two Central American teams to qualify, as Honduras is also competing, Los Ticos will be the proud ambassadors of their continent and culture on a global stage. It will undoubtedly be an amazing summer to join in the adventure.

Contact us to find the Costa Rica adventure that’s best for you.

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Costa Rica: Adventures In The Jewel Of The Rainforest

Across the globe, there are a few areas that scientists consider biological “hot spots.” These regions are unusually abundant in plants and wildlife that aren’t found anywhere else. It’s referred to as biodiversity.

Costa Rica is one of these ecological hot spots. According to the book “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development” by Dr. Martha M. Honey, Costa Rica has just .1 percent of the world’s landmass, but 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.

While other ecologically sensitive areas, like Indonesia and the Amazon region of Brazil, are fast diminishing, this isn’t the case in Costa Rica. Government leaders here realized early on what a treasure our environment is and moved quickly to protect it. About 25 percent of Costa Rica is protected as a nature preserve of some sort, the highest ratio of any country on Earth. Worldwide, the average is around 13 percent.

Among these protected areas is the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is home to an estimated 100 mammal species, 400 bird species and 2,000 plant species. Corcovado National Park is also internationally known. It’s one of the few spots where all four monkey species native to Costa Rica can be found, and it’s famous for being quite hospitable to jaguars.

Now, exploring all of the richness of Costa Rica can be a little overwhelming. There is so much to see and do that it’s hard to manage it all on your own. This is one reason why a guided Costa Rica adventure may be right for you. A hike through the rain forest or a jungle safari can reveal some of the beautiful and fascinating wildlife native to our country. To learn about the trips that Costa Rica Rios offers, feel free to contact us. Come play in our back yard.

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Costa Rica trips aid your Spanish exploration

Among the native Spanish speaking community Costa Ricans are known for their very clear and correct Spanish usage. An emphasis on education has been an enduring point of national pride since the military was abolished in 1949. For decades since, Costa Rica’s literacy rates have consistently ranked highly among all nations in the Western Hemisphere. As a stable democracy and peaceful nation Costa Rica has naturally become a destination for exploration and Spanish language development. International institutions of learning are fostering partnerships with Costa Rican universities to develop accredited college Spanish immersion courses. It is a common sight now in Costa Rica to find visitors attuning their Spanish skills in restaurants, stores, hotels, with tour guides and the locals.

Foreign visitors on Costa Rica trips or Honeymoons will at first be greeted by friendly and personable nationals that are welcoming and helpful. The Spanish you will hear is very clear and discernible, very much akin to what perhaps has been provided to you through years of Spanish courses, textbooks, dvd programs, online classes and so on. Being in Costa Rica provides an excellent opportunity not to be shy with your Spanish. The locals appreciate your efforts to communicate in their native tongue. A wide number of Costa Ricans have a cursory knowledge of English and many other languages which ensures that communication is always possible.

Working on your Spanish in Costa Rica is great, but take the time to note those Spanish words that are uniquely Costa Rican. Your knowledge of them will take you far in conversations, win you points with the locals and get you out of an awkward silence perhaps. Here’s a list of some of the most widely used Costa Rican colloquialisms. You’ll hear these a lot through your travels and interactions with the locals so we hope they come in handy.

Tico: An affectionate term for a Costa Rican (Tica: feminine, Ticos: plural)

Pura Vida: This is the national mantra, translated directly: Pure Life. Meaning: Everything is good!

Mae or Maje: A man, as in “Hey, man!” or “dude”

Tuanis: This simply means “cool.”

Tipico/a: That which is in the local style, native way.

Gallo pinto: Classic Costa Rican rice and beans dish.

Casado: Traditional Costa Rican meal; normally represented with rice, vegetables, salad and choice of protein.   The word also means married, so a must try for you newlyweds on your Costa Rican honeymoon.

Güila: A child.

Carajo!: Oh my!

Contact us to learn how to put all that Spanish studying to good use!spanish for your costa rican adventure vacation package

 

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Explore The Amazing Cuisine During Your Costa Rica Honeymoon

A costa rica honeymoon is full of exploration, the glowing sun, gorgeous natural sights and the embrace of the beach. Because of all this, perhaps food isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind when you consider this unique country. However, Costa Rica is home to a unique, widely varied and ubiquitously delicious cuisine. Whether you prefer mingling with locals in small, scrumptiously authentic eateries or dining on the succulent and original delicacies of five star restaurants, your taste buds will have a blast in Costa Rica.

So what’s the food like exactly?

Gallo Pinto, the country’s national dish, is a simple and satisfying combination of flavorful black beans and pure white rice mixed with onions, bell peppers, and a wide variety of other possibilities–whatever tickles your fancy. Lunch often includes fresh corn tortillas, fresh white Costa Rican cheese, meat or fish, eggs, and Salsa Lizano–a flavorful sauce with just enough heat and sweetness to make your eyes roll back in bliss.

Although these staples can be found in nearly every household in the country, it is far from the limit of Costa Rican cuisine. With fresh vegetables as the main ingredient, the food is remarkably healthy and tends to be well seasoned without too much chili, as some other Latin American cuisine often is (though ask for Chileros–fresh salsa made with Habanero peppers if you are a fan of spicy food). Arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), delicious salads, savory plantains that are fried, mashed, or cut into soups are a few of many mouth-watering dishes.

Corn is utilized well in Costa Rica. From tortillas to pancakes, soups to dessert breads, this staple can be found in a huge variety of dishes. Try the tamales–puréed corn steamed in a banana leaf and mixed with whatever cheeses, vegetables, meats, and chilies you desire.

For desert try plantains baked in a sugar based sauce. Tres leches (three milk sponge cake), pudina (bread pudding), and pan de elote (sweet cornbread) are also unbelievably tasty, and not overly sweet.

Ready to take your taste buds on an adventure? Just contact us and let us know what we can do for you. We’re happy to answer questions, give advice, or create a tour for you. Hope to see you soon!

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Visit the Backdrop for ‘Runner, Runner’

The new movie Runner, Runner has the setting backdrop of beautiful Costa Rica. The film shot there for a week so they could get the authentic and adventurous feel of the country first hand.

One of Brad Furman’s reasons for signing on to direct the picture was the attraction of the setting. It would be like a working vacation. However, when he was told by studio heads that he would need to shoot in Puerto Rico instead, he fought hard and won in the end.

After fighting concerns by studio heads, Furman won the chance to shoot for a week in the beautiful locale of Costa Rica and he has nothing but praises for the country.

“…there is an incredible spirit in Costa Rica…it is really beautiful,” the director said in an interview with movie website Collider about his want to shoot in the country and his experience in absorbing the culture and adventures there.

Runner, Runner is about online gambling and how Justin Timberlake’s character gets sucked into the beauty, majesty and spirit of Costa Rica. He has his own Costa Rica adventure in a way.

If you’re planning a vacation then try something new and fun. Go see the movie Runner, Runner (which is currently playing in most theaters) and pay attention to the overhead shots, the backdrop settings and the beauty of the movie’s locales. If it looks appealing then perhaps you should be a little adventurous and head to Costa Rica for your own vacation this holiday season.

If you’re ready to have your own costa rica adventure then contact us today and see Runner, Runner before you do.

costa rica adventure vacations almost always include at least one tropical waterfall
Tropical Waterfall
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Reasons You Should Go To Costa Rica for Your Honeymoon

Are you hoping to have a trip of a lifetime to celebrate your lifetime commitment? According to CNN Money, Costa Rica is one of the up-and-coming honeymoon spots in the world. And for good reason — or, perhaps we should say, reasons. Here are just a few:

* As mentioned by CNN, Costa Rica is a great place for active couples, with amazing experiences such as zip line tours through the rain forest canopy, whitewater rafting or mountain bike adventures, volcano tours and excellent surfing.

* For more sedate couples, the plentiful beaches of Costa Rica offer unbeatable opportunities for relaxation in a beautiful locale. Four-star restaurants and championship golf courses are also available.

* Costa Rica has the greatest density of plants and animals in the world, containing up to 6 percent of the world’s known species and making for spectacular sight-seeing. Some of the spectacular animals to be seen in Costa Rica include 52 species of hummingbirds, four common species of monkeys and 10 percent of the world’s butterfly population.

* Though Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, English is the second-most common language of the country and many of the residents are bilingual, so English-speaking tourists will have no problem communicating with the locals.

* Costa Rica is friendly with the U.S., having multiple trade agreements. Costa Rica has a Democratic government, no Army, and the life expectancy of its people is one of the highest in the world.

* For the environmentally-inclined — there are more than 100 protected areas to visit.

These are just a few of the reasons Costa Rica has become a hot spot for honeymoon adventures. Want to know more? Contact us.

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Plan Now to Escape Winter with Costa Rica Adventure Tours

In the northern hemisphere, fall has arrived. The kids are back in school, the weather is beginning to cool off, and it won’t be too long before there’s snow on the ground in a lot of areas. We think this is a great time to plan for a midwinter getaway. When you make your reservations now for one of our Costa Rica adventure tours, you have something to look forward to after all the hectic hype of the holidays.

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors without having to bundle into 3 layers of clothing, register now for one of our popular Week of Adventures. There are lots of chances to get wet in Costa Rica without ever getting cold. We’ll take you snorkeling and surfing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and we might—if you want to relax a bit—also give you some “flat on your back at the beach” time as well! We’ll also take you into the mountains to glide along the canopy on the zip lines, and give you a chance to try canyoning (which means rappelling down waterfalls and scrambling up rocks) or mountain biking as well. In the evening there are theme nights, such as Reggae, salsa lessons and early morning hiking opportunities for those who don’t stay up too late the night before!

We also have less strenuous adventures for those who would prefer to explore other facets of what Costa Rica has to offer. When you custom design your own adventure vacation, you can spend as much time on the beach as you want. You can also visit a marine park, ride a horse to a waterfall, hike to visit an indigenous village, check out a coffee plantation, or learn more about Costa Rica by visiting one or more of our fascinating national parks.

So are you ready to plan for a summer break in the midst of winter? Contact us today to arrange for your Costa Rica adventure tour.

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Consider Adventurous Costa Rica for a Honeymoon Destination!

Summer 2013 statistics revealed a surprising fact – Central American tourism is up 18% over the past four years! This increase is credited mostly to Costa Rica and Panama, which have once again become hot vacation destinations. Costa Rica has recently increased tourism deals with America and Canada which have, in addition to larger planes flying to the country, increased tourism to the tropical region. Going to Costa Rica for honeymooners offers romance, excitement and plenty of adventure.

Costa Rica offers visitors wonderful beaches, amazing scenery and landscaping. The country also offers some of the best biodiversity in the world. Wildlife refuges, national parks, biological preserves and forests cover the country to give the new couple choices in how they spend their time together. The area works for honeymooners who are looking for relaxation as well as honeymooners who love adventure, hikes and tours.

The adventurous couples will find some of the best surfing in the world in Costa Rica. The country also brags of ziplines over the picturesque forests, horse riding, Scuba diving, wildlife viewing as well rafting down thrilling whitewater rivers.

The hotels in Costa Rica begin with variety. There are jungle lodges, small beach hotels and five star luxury suites. The couple can choose where they would like to stay. The amenities vary by hotel as well, but every hotel is hospitable and believes in taking care of their guests above all else. Some of the hotels are all-inclusive, which attracts honeymooners who want to be pampered as they enjoy their time together.

Honeymooning in Costa Rica has become popular over the last five years because many couples don’t just want to lie around on the beach the entire time and Costa Rica is an exciting and exotic country but with a good safety record. The new couple will likely return for future anniversaries after experiencing everything Costa Rica has to offer.

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Why Same-Sex Couples Should Spend Their Honeymoons in Costa Rica

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made two historic decisions regarding marriage. It overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing federal benefits for married same-sex couples. And it ruled that traditional marriage activists had no standing to defend Proposition 8 in California, allowing gay marriage to resume in that state.

Maybe those were enough reasons for you and many others to tie the knot with their same-sex loves.

At nearly the same time as those decisions, a funny thing happened in the Costa Rican legislature. The staunchly conservative body accidentally approved a bill with marriage language approving “the right to recognition without discrimination contrary to human dignity.”

Hello, same-sex unions.

So other than Costa Rica having two beautiful coastlines, verdant jungles, picturesque volcanic cones, and well-developed tourism, why should the country and its political snafus even figure into your same-sex honeymoon plans?

Money. Specifically, dollars that Americans bring in when they vacation in the country. When you book your vacation plans in Costa Rica, tell its tour operators, hotel proprietors, travel companies, and restaurant owners who you and your spouse are, and that you’re honeymooning in their wonderful country because of its supportive marriage laws.

If enough same-sex couples do this, the legislature will see the economic benefit of their “accidental” law and let it stand. And some day, when same-sex marriages performed in any country become legal and binding in the United States, gay couples will both get married and spend their honeymoons in Costa Rica.

Both your honeymoon and same-sex marriage in Costa Rica are worthwhile dreams. Get closer to them by contacting us.

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