A Riverboat Adventure with Jose’s Crocodile River Tour

The Tárcoles River winds from the mountains of the Central Valley down the Pacific slope and eventually drains into the Gulf of Nicoya. Though spanning a long 111 kilometers (69 miles), this river is best known for one particular stretch that crosses the Pacific coastal highway. Every day hundreds of tourists en route to destinations like Jacó and Manuel Antonio make a stop along Route 34 at the Tárcoles River Bridge to see giant crocodiles sunning themselves below. We wanted to get a closer look so we recently took a boat tour up the Tárcoles with José’s Crocodile River Tour.

 

Jose's Crocodile Man Tour Picture | Two Weeks in Costa Rica

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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Visiting a waterfall is on almost every traveler’s wish list. But for those heading to the northwestern part of Costa Rica, especially the beaches of Guanacaste, finding one of these magnificent cascades can be difficult. That’s because this region of the country is known to be more flat and dry, not exactly ideal conditions for a waterfall. Luckily though, there are some spectacular waterfalls hidden away. In this post, we’ll tell you about one gem near Liberia, the Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

 

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall | Two Weeks in Costa Rica

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Nosara Trip Planning Essentials

At first glance, the town of Nosara might seem like little more than a tangle of dirt roads, some winding their way through lush jungle, others dead-ending or bringing you right back where you started. But take a closer look and you’ll see why so many people fall in love with this quirky beachside town. With a landscape of secluded coves, serene rivers, and vast tropical forests, Nosara is a place to escape, recharge, and discover where the next road leads.

This past year, we spent a couple of months living in Nosara and exploring everything this famous yoga-surfing destination has to offer. In this post, we’ll give you the essentials for planning your own visit, including our favorite activities, restaurants, and hotels.

 

Playa Pelada Nosara | Two Weeks in Costa Rica

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The Big Cats of Las Pumas Rescue Center

Costa Rica is home to six different kinds of wild cats. Although thousands of visitors take to the country’s hiking trails each day, the chances of spotting one of these elusive, nocturnal felines is slim to none. Most likely, they turn up when injured or captured illegally. When this happens, it is Costa Rica’s many animal rescue centers that provide shelter and care. If you’re travelling to Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste, one shelter you won’t want to miss is Las Pumas Rescue Center. In this post, we’ll share all the details you need to plan you visit and see these impressive cats for yourself.

 

Jaguar at Las Pumas Rescue Center | Two Weeks in Costa Rica

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Guayabo National Monument: An Ancient Pre-Columbian City

Set on the jungle-rich slopes of the Turrialba Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most important archaeological sites, the Guayabo National Monument. Thought to have been first inhabited more than 3,000 years ago, these historic ruins make up the largest pre-Columbian city ever discovered in Costa Rica. This ancient civilization is even believed to have been home to nearly 10,000 people during its prime around AD 800. Whether you’re planning to see this historic sight on a day trip from San José or are staying in the nearby city of Turrialba, this post will give you everything you need to plan your visit.

 

Guayabo National Monument | Two Weeks in Costa Rica

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