Tours to Costa Rica can surprise even the most experienced travelers! This small Latin American country has a concentration of historical and cultural attractions, unique natural artifacts, as well as the most comfortable hotels on the coast.
A beach holiday in Costa Rica is a real paradise for those who like to soak up the warm sand. The beaches of Playa Conchal, Playa Carillo, Playa Nosara with white, golden and even black sand are ideal for surfers and divers. And fans of nightlife will appreciate the prices for entertainment on the Pacific beaches of Punta Leona and Jaco.
Individual tours offered by a tour operator in Costa Rica in Moscow, will allow you to get acquainted with the mixture of architectural styles of San Jose and San Pedro de Barva, enjoy night fishing in Papagayo to Golfito, and, of course, try the “hellish » local cuisine, which is a mixture of Spanish and Indian dishes.
National parks, which occupy almost a third of the country’s territory, active volcanoes and ancient Indian settlements are just a small part of what beautiful Costa Rica offers tourists.
International health insurance is recommended. Medical services in Costa Rica are provided on an insurance basis and are generally available. The level of health development in the country is very high and is considered the best among the countries of Latin America.
No vaccinations are required to enter the country (a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required when flying from Peru, Brazil and a number of other countries). Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. The risk of contracting malaria (almost exclusively in the mild form of P. vivax) is present in the area of Limón and Los Chiles. In other areas of the country, the risk of infection is negligible. Recommendations are vaccination against hepatitis A, B and C, cholera, tetanus, diphtheria, rabies and typhoid.
Tap water is usually chlorinated and is relatively safe. Drinking water outside of large cities may be contaminated and sterilization is desirable. Bottled water is available everywhere and is recommended. Milk is usually pasteurized and dairy products are also safe to consume. Meat, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables are considered safe to eat, provided normal precautions are followed.
Mains voltage 110-120 V., 60 Hz. American-style plugs, flat two-prong, in the vast majority – with grounding. In most high-level hotels, you can also find European-style sockets.
Costa Rica is considered to be a generally safe country. The vast majority of recorded crimes are not violent, but related to fraud. The greatest danger is posed by pickpocketing, which can be easily avoided by observing the simplest precautions. In the central areas of San Jose, it is recommended to always be careful not to carry large amounts of cash, tickets or passports. Never trust anyone except doormen and certified porters, who are easily identified by their overalls. Theft of cars and things from them is also quite common. Otherwise, the criminal situation in the country is quite calm.
In Costa Rica, there is a law according to which any person must carry identification documents with him. For foreigners, this means the obligatory presence of a passport or a photocopy of it (pages with a photo and a surname, as well as an entry visa stamp).
Non-smoking rooms are common only in the most expensive establishments. The locals themselves smoke a lot, and cigars and cigarillos are respected here, so in many bars and cafes there is dense tobacco smoke in the air.
The capital of the country, San José, was founded in 1737. Located in the center of the country at an altitude of 1155 meters above sea level, the city is famous for its pleasant climate. The exterior of the city is a colorful mixture of different styles – from traditional Spanish architecture to cutting-edge modernist trends. In the heart of San José lies the beautiful Plaza de la Cultura, surrounded by the buildings of the unique Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Precolumbino), the ICT information center and the National Theatre. Nearby you can find the imposing building of the National Museum (1887) in the building of the former Bellavista barracks and Plaza de la Democrasia, the colorful buildings of the Legislative Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (“Casa Amarilla”), the magnificent Jade Museum in the Barrio Otoya area, as well as Parc España (Parc de la Expression),
Near the capital you can visit:
– the second largest city in the country – Alajuela (here are interesting butterfly farms and the Museum of Juan Santamaria in the building of a former prison);
– Poas volcano (2705 m) – one of the most visited volcanoes in the country;
– Zoo and children’s entertainment complex “El Bosque Encantado” in La Garita;
– La Guasima butterfly farm in the town of the same name (one of the largest in the world);
– “the cleanest city in Latin America” - Grecia with a picturesque “red church”;
– a center for the production of handicraft wood products in Sarchi;
– the old Spanish fortress of Fortin in Heredia;
– The Coffee Museum in Szn Pedro de Barva and the Coffee Institute in San Pedro de Heredia.