Insight Guides Costa Rica (Travel Guide eBook)
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Let us guide you on every step of your travels.

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, Insight Guide Costa Rica is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of Costa Rica, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like Arenal VolcanoPunta UvaManuel Antonio Park and the Museum of pre-Columbian Art in San José, and hidden cultural gems like the remote Osa Peninsula.

This book is ideal for travellers seeking immersive cultural experiences, from exploring the Tortuguero Canals, hiking the Las Pailas Trail to see some volcanic action up close, surfing in Manzanillo and zip-lining through the rainforest to discovering the best wildlife in the Corcovado National Park, tasting exceptional coffee in Tarrazú and watching artisans painting the traditional ox-carts in Sarchí.

In-depth on history and culture: explore the region's vibrant history and culture, and understand its modern-day life, people and politics 
Excellent Editor's Choice: uncover the best of Costa Rica, which highlights the most special places to visit around the region 
Invaluable and practical maps: get around with ease thanks to detailed maps that pinpoint the key attractions featured in every chapter
Informative tips: plan your travels easily with an A to Z of useful advice on everything from climate to tipping
Inspirational colour photography: discover the best destinations, sights, and excursions, and be inspired by stunning imagery
Inventive design makes for an engaging, easy-reading experience
Covers: San José, the Central Valley, the Central Pacific, the Northwest Mainland, the Nicola Peninsula, the Northeast, the Caribbean Coast and the South

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.


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Date de parution 01 juillet 2019
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781839051166
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 7 Mo

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How To Use This E-Book

Getting around the e-book
This Insight Guide e-book is designed to give you inspiration for your visit to Costa Rica, as well as comprehensive planning advice to make sure you have the best travel experience. The guide begins with our selection of Top Attractions, as well as our Editor’s Choice categories of activities and experiences. Detailed features on history, people and culture paint a vivid portrait of contemporary life in Costa Rica. The extensive Places chapters give a complete guide to all the sights and areas worth visiting. The Travel Tips provide full information on getting around, activities from culture to shopping to sport, plus a wealth of practical information to help you plan your trip.
In the Table of Contents and throughout this e-book you will see hyperlinked references. Just tap a hyperlink once to skip to the section you would like to read. Practical information and listings are also hyperlinked, so as long as you have an external connection to the internet, you can tap a link to go directly to the website for more information.
Maps
All key attractions and sights in Costa Rica are numbered and cross-referenced to high-quality maps. Wherever you see the reference [map] just tap this to go straight to the related map. You can also double-tap any map for a zoom view.
Images
You’ll find hundreds of beautiful high-resolution images that capture the essence of Costa Rica. Simply double-tap on an image to see it full-screen.
About Insight Guides
Insight Guides have more than 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce 400 full-colour titles, in both print and digital form, covering more than 200 destinations across the globe, in a variety of formats to meet your different needs.
Insight Guides are written by local authors, whose expertise is evident in the extensive historical and cultural background features. Each destination is carefully researched by regional experts to ensure our guides provide the very latest information. All the reviews in Insight Guides are independent; we strive to maintain an impartial view. Our reviews are carefully selected to guide you to the best places to eat, go out and shop, so you can be confident that when we say a place is special, we really mean it.

© 2019 Apa Digital (CH) AG and Apa Publications (UK) Ltd




Table of Contents
Costa Rica’s Top 10 Attractions
Editor’s Choice
Introduction: The Happy Medium
Coast to Coast
Decisive Dates
Before Columbus
Conquest
Colonialism and Independence
Modern Times
The People of Costa Rica
The Rise and Fall of San José
National Parks
Insight: A Passion for Plants
The Sports Scene
Big Fins and Fresh Fish
Insight: Going to Extremes
Tico Cooking
Fruits of Costa Rica
Coffee
Introduction: Places
San José
The Central Valley
Insight: Potters, Sculptors, and Goldsmiths
The Central Pacific
The Northwest Mainland
The Northwest: Nicoya Peninsula
Insight: Costa Rica’s Wings of Wonder
The Northeast
Insight: Mountains of Fire
The Caribbean Coast
The South
Travel Tips: Transportation
Travel Tips: A–Z
Travel Tips: Language
Travel Tips: Further Reading


Costa Rica’s Top 10 Attractions



Top Attraction 1



Tarrazú Coffee. Nothing says Costa Rica like high-altitude coffee from Tarrazú, ranked among the best in the world. Taste a cup in Santa María de Dota in the mountains south of San José. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 2



Punta Uva. Crystal-clear, warm, shallow waters for swimming and an active coral reef close enough to swim to make this beach idyllic. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 3



Tortuguero Canals. Drifting silently in a canoe along Tortuguero’s narrow waterways overhung with vine-draped trees, you can spot caimans along the shore, iguanas sunning, and monkeys in the trees. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 4



San José Museums. The Museo del Oro Precolombino is Central America’s largest treasury of ancient gold artifacts; the Museo del Jade contains the most extensive collection of New World jade objects. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 5



Manuel Antonio National Park. Small but exquisite, this park packs a wealth of monkeys and birds into a compact jungle edged by three long arcs of white-sand beach. No wonder it’s the most popular national park. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 6



Canopy Tour. Get a bird’s-eye view of life at the top, as well as a thrilling ride, as you zip through the forest, suspended from a cable strung along platforms set high in the tree canopy. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 7



Resplendent Quetzal. Even for visitors who aren’t bird-watchers, catching a glimpse of the shimmering, crimson, and green resplendent quetzal, one of the most magnificent birds in the western hemisphere, is a thrill. For more information, click here .
Getty Images


Top Attraction 8



Las Pailas Trail. Experience some volcanic action up close, along this self-guided loop trail in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The forest path skirts boiling mud fumaroles and sulfurous hot rocks. For more information, click here .
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Top Attraction 9



Osa Peninsula. Wilderness, wildlife, and adventure: everything the eco-minded traveler comes to Costa Rica to find is here, in the remotest part of the southern Pacific area with its legendary biodiversity. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Top Attraction 10



Arenal Volcano. Picture-perfect, cone-shaped Arenal stands out as the country’s quintessential volcano. Although it is temporarily dormant on the outside, it still supplies the geo-thermal power on the inside to heat ever-popular hot springs. For more information, click here .
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Editor’s Choice



Best Wildlife Viewing

Corcovado National Park. The last frontier for many endangered animals, including Baird’s tapir, white-lipped peccary, and jaguar, along with a host of endemic birds. For more information, click here .
San Gerardo de Dota. One of the most reliable places for spotting the resplendent quetzal, along with other highland bird species, on Cerro de la Muerte. For more information, click here .
Monteverde Cloud Forest. A misty cloud-forest preserve protects an astonishing range of butterfly, mammal, and bird species. For more information, click here .
La Selva Biological Station. This wet lowland forest is home to thousands of insect species, plus mammals, snakes, and more than 400 birds, including the endangered great green macaw. For more information, click here .
Ostional Wildlife Refuge. Nothing beats the nocturnal arribadas (mass arrivals) of Olive Ridley sea turtles at this protected beach north of Nosara. For more information, click here .
Tortuguero National Park. With a sharp-eyed guide, you’ll see myriad birds, mammals, and reptiles in this labyrinth of natural jungle canals. For more information, click here .
Wilson Botanical Garden. Brimming with bromeliads and heliconias, the garden attracts birds and small mammals, while monkeys and snakes inhabit the adjoining primary forest. For more information, click here .



Manzanillo.
Corrie Wingate/Apa Publications


Best Beaches

Nosara. Two beaches side by side: Playas Pelada and Guiones offer surfing, swimming, spectacular Pacific sunsets and yoga on the –pp0beach. For more information, click here .
Punta Uva. The only beach on the Caribbean with a sunset view also has excellent snorkeling, along with warm, shallow water for swimming. For more information, click here .
Playa Montezuma. Funky, off-the-beaten-path retreat with dramatic crashing surf on rocks, plus wide stretches of sand and horseback beach rides to refreshing waterfalls. For more information, click here .
Manuel Antonio. Three long arcs of powdery white sand, backed by a jungle park bursting with birds and monkeys. For more information, click here .
Manzanillo. Swim, surf, dive; watch the local fishermen bring in their catch or follow the beach into the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. For more information, click here .
Playa Tamarindo. A surfer’s dream, with eight prime spots to catch a wave, plus a raft of trendy restaurants and a lively night scene. For more information, click here .
Playa Hermosa. A family-friendly beach on the North Pacific coast, with warm, safe water for swimming, affordable accommodations, and sunset cruises. For more information, click here .


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