Sarapiqui guarantees the perfect dose of adventure combined with delightful relaxation.
In the translucent valley of Sarapiqui, every step leads to a pupil-dilating experience at the wilder heart of Costa Rica. Known for its bewildering riot of exotic colors, the region is among the most biologically diverse environments in the country. Although it is unlikely Sarapiqui will reclaim its renown, it steals the hearts of explorers with the colorful wildlife. Boasting a small town feel for the icing on the top, the town seems to suit the latest ecotourism trends.
Manuel Antonio provides a vivid backdrop to a town otherwise relentlessly tranquil. Get close enough to its border, and life begins to reveal itself among a thick cloud of bushes. Exhilarating sightings of over 500 hundred animal species await. The endangered Green Macaw is at the top of the list for informed observers. Spotting howler monkeys and turtles is also relatively easy. Human activity is almost as dominating, with flocks of rafters and birders arriving at the region each day. Horse riding and ziplines are also highlights. Yet, the marvels of the forest are most enjoyable through a walk in the natural reserves.
A potential for ecotourism is what drives the national park, a beacon for curious travelers and scientists. A visit will reveal how the primary rainforest of Costa Rica sustains itself. As preserved and untamed as it is, the town still manages to offer a comfortable and even luxurious stay. Top off an adventurous day with exquisite local cuisine at your lodge. A symphony of nature sounds will accompany you.
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