Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
Recommended place to stay:
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica|www.nicuesalodge.com|
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Only accessible by boat, this tranquil lodge is set on the Golfo Dulce tropical fjord between steeply-climbing rainforest ridges and a long, half-moon, black sand bay. Remote and Walden-wild, the garden is fragrant with mangoes and brilliant with the flickering flight of sapphire-blue hummingbirds; the rooms – sitting in wooden huts with hammock-strung balconies – are a touch rustic, but with a location this beautiful, few guests complain.
The excursions – hikes, kayak rides, fishing trips and whale-spotting tours are first class and the organic food served in the kitchen delicious and healthy.
Staying here is a chance to really experience the Costas Rican wilderness; the lodge is only accessible by boat, and is surrounded by dense forest.
Hiking trails lead directly to unspoilt waterfalls, while whales calve and dolphins cavort in the Golfo Dulce right off the hotel beach. And aside from the handful of hotel guests, there is barely another tourist in sight.
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