A popular eco-tourist destination is that of Manuel Antonio National Park. Created in 1972 to preserve its forests, Manuel Antonio National Park is home to primary rainforests, beautiful beaches, tide pools and hiking trails. Guests can hire a naturist guide to tour the park. Some animals that can be found there are sloths, iguana and white faced capuchins. There\’s also a small natural history museum.
There\’s something very unique about Arenal National Park. It happens to be located inside of an active volcano. This area is a bird watcher\’s paradise. Of the 850 known species of birds in Costa Rica, almost all of the species can be found here including the resplendent quetzal.
Near the park is the village of El Castillo. Situated here is the Arenal Rainforest Reserve. Families can enjoy an eco-encounter by taking an aerial tram, canopy tour, or hiking adventure.
Most kids love animals, so a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest can be perfect to add to a Costa Rica family vacation. Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most famous ecotourism oriented communities in Costa Rica.
Enjoy hiking and guided tours while viewing over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 2,500 species of plants including 420 types of orchids. Kids can have an additional thrill with zip lines.
Encompassing 13 major ecosystems including mangrove swamps and a lowland rain forest is Corcovado National Park. Rich in biodiversity, this national Park has lots of trails and is great for backpacking.
Family travel can be expensive. Forget the cost of fancy hotels. Campsites and bunkhouses are available here. It\’s a perfect way to get back to nature while having the opportunity to seek endangered species like scarlet macaws and red-backed squirrel monkeys.
These are but a few of the many rainforests to consider visiting while traveling. Costa Rica has so much to offer in family vacations with its beautiful and diversified rainforests. Many stunning animals can be seen along with the natural beauty of the forests themselves. With activities such as hiking, zip lining, and tram tours, there\’s plenty to keep the kids busy, while learning about the importance of rain forests.