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10 reasons why you'll love Costa Rica

Magical Costa Rica
Michael Clausen Kellberg

10 reasons why you'll love Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a fantastic, tropical pearl in the heart of Central America, and quite possibly the best backpacking country in this part of the world. It offers a perfect combination of beach life, surfing, diving, snorkeling, wildlife and trekking through jungles or up the side of a volcano.

If you haven't yet visited this magical country, it sure is about time! The new and direct route with KLM from Amsterdam to San José makes it even easier. And if it wasn't obvious already, here are 10 reasons why you'll love Costa Rica. Pura vida!

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1. Ziplining through the jungle

There's something very special and thrilling about propelling through the canopy on one of Costa Rica's many awesome ziplines. If you're an adrenalin junkie, you've come to the right place. Costa Rica is the perfect choice for all thrillseekers and offers a wide selection of exhilarating rides.

Ziplining in Costa Rica
Sustainable airline
Air France-KLM has been ranked the world’s most sustainable airline for 12 years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index - the leading index to measure the level of sustainability of companies. Corporate Social Responsibility is a fully integrated part of their business strategy. They focus on reduction of their environmental footprint because this is their license to growth. Air France-KLM's joint goal is to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger with 20% by 2020, compared with 2011. Each day produces new insights and technologies, enabling them to improve their performance and take steps towards a more sustainable airline industry.

2. There's cute, and then there are sloths

Costa Rica will amaze you with stunning nature and wildlife experiences. One of the animals you will come across, and that could pop up literally anywhere are the sloths. You'll see them hanging from trees around the country, particularly in the national parks. Don't miss the chance to get some quality time with these gentle and lazy creatures.

Sloth
Remarkable partnership
In 2017, the government of Costa Rica and KLM signed a letter of intent to investigate the possibilities of flying from San Jose with sustainable biojet fuel. Air France-KLM are conducting a feasibility study into the production, certification, distribution, and financing of sustainable aviation fuel from Costa Rica. They are also sharing best practices and developing joint projects. This is the first time in the world that an airline has entered into an agreement of this kind with a governmental authority.

3. Cheeky monkeys

Almost no matter where you turn you'll see monkeys in Costa Rica. In fact, there are so many of them that you won't even bother to get out your camera in the end. Four species of monkey are native to the forests of Costa Rica: White–throated capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and spider monkeys. You can see these monkeys all year around and in Corcovado National Park, you'll find all four species in one location. But watch out! These cheeky guys will steal stuff right out of your hand.

Cheeky monkeys

4. Rain isn't necessarily a bad thing

Costa Rica is a green, lush and colorful country, packed with a total of 28 beautiful national parks. If you head in this direction at the end of the rainy season you'll still get some rain, but you'll also get to experience some of the most vibrant and stunning landscape you've ever seen. Costa Rica is squeezed between two oceans, and two continents and offers unique habitats and ecosystems. The country's smallest national park is located in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast. The park is home to a huge array of exotic animals: snakes, monkeys, huge lizards, sloths, and naturally birds of every imaginable color.

Lush and green Costa Rica

5. Friendly locals

Costa Ricans are often referred to as Ticos, a word derived from hermanticos, which means little brothers. This sums up the essence of the Costa Rican people really well, as they value family, community and togetherness. Generally, Ticos are a warm, friendly and welcoming people. Since tourism is such an important part of the country's economy, many Costa Ricans are very hospitable. Ticos are also extremely polite, and will often go to great lengths to avoid directly saying no to people, which can be a little confusing for some tourists!

Friendly locals in Costa Rica

6. Stunning beaches

With two coastlines surrounded by lush jungle, Costa Rica is famous for some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America. Cahuita National Park is one of the best national parks in Costa Rica due to its stunning white sand beaches, lush jungle and plethora of wildlife. It's not very far from Puerto Viejo and it's free, making it one of the must do's in the Caribbean south. Getting a tan has never been more exciting!

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Stunning beaches in Costa Rica

7. Incredible nightlife

It might be the incredible nature that draws people towards Costa Rica, but don't miss the night life experience. From chilled out bars on the beach to clubs featuring world class DJs in San José, Costa Rica offers up a huge variety of nightlife activity. You don't want to miss out on some legendary partying. San José is a thrilling city, and the new, direct flight from Amsterdam to San José with KLM makes getting there even easier.

Costa Rica nightlife

8. Pura Vida

If you have been to Costa Rica, or if you are planning to go, one short phrase you should be familiar with is "Pura Vida". Simply translated, it means "simple life" or "pure life", but here in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying... it is a way of life. Ticos use these words to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because its people don’t stress about things we might do.

Pura vida

9. Arenal Volcano National Park

La Fortuna is a beautiful area that is best known for it's active volcano, the Arenal, which has been one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano ejected clouds of smoke, incandescent cinder, and glowing lava on an almost daily basis. Fascinating and harmless as long as you keep a safe distance. However, currently Arenal has been dormant since 2010. Another exciting activity is abseiling down, or more specifically through, one of the countries many waterfalls.

Arenal Volcano

10. Adventure

If you haven't caught on yet, Costa Rica is a country packed with volcanoes, rain forest, waterfalls, rivers and beaches. Adventure seeking travelers can choose between a wide selection of activities like rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining, surfing and heaps of other options. You're biggest challenge is perhaps simply to find out how to spend the time you have.

Adventure in Costa Rica

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Wanna travel the world?

...but not sure how far your budget takes you? Or how to best combine seeing South Africa, Australia and Costa Rica in one go? Going on an epic trip around the world takes a lot of planning. That's why we're here: To help you get the most amazing trip possible.

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Wanna travel the world?

...but not sure how far your budget takes you? Or how to best combine seeing South Africa, Australia and Costa Rica in one go? Going on an epic trip around the world takes a lot of planning. That's why we're here: To help you get the most amazing trip possible.