Rainforest in Costa Rica by Ski-lift

Like all Central American countries, Costa Rica is considered part of a biodiversity hotspot. According to the INBio, about 4.5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica. The country is noted for its national park system, administered by SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion, or “National System of Conservation Areas”). This agency oversees the 26 national park, and more than 160 protected areas in Costa Rica. The other types of protected areas in Costa Rica are National Wildlife Refuges, Biological Reserves, Protection Zones, and Absolute Nature Reserves. Together the protected areas comprise over one-fourth of Costa Rican territory.

When I was in Costa Rica I found my way into one of these protected Rainforests. I was very excited prior to this nature hike and loaded up with plenty of water, sturdy walking shoes and a mindset that it would be rough walking in very hot weather. The Rainforest package cost 55 dollars.

When the bus stopped at the reserve in Jaco on the east coast of Costa Rica I got very, very disappointed. The hike turned out to be a Ski-lift system for one hour, a short paved walk among plants for 30 minutes and a souvenir shop.

1 thought on “Rainforest in Costa Rica by Ski-lift

  1. Tee

    Yes sometimes what’s advertised is a top level “tourist” experience, but you have to remember that visitors of all levels of abilities visit Costa Rica. So next time, hoping there will be one, check out what kind of hiking tours you can do through Manual Antonio or Arenal for a real Costa Rica experience.

    – Tee

    Tee is the founder and senior editor of Costa Rica CLOSEUP a Travel Guide to Costa Rica with Events, Articles and Information for everyone traveling, retiring and/or purchasing real estate in Costa Rica. Please visit http://www.costaricacloseup.com for more information.


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