Costa Rica

Press release date: 31st December 2010

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  • When it comes to adventure holidays, there are few places that are more alluring than South America and Costa Rica is the perfect place to visit if you want to see some exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Although you may be struggling to narrow down your itinerary for your holidays in Costa Rica, a highlight of any trip to the country is bound to be a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park. This small corner of the country is one of the most-visited nature reserves in Costa Rica and it will provide you with everything from secluded beaches and pristine rainforest to the chance to spot some of the region's most exciting animals. Whether you are travelling as a couple, with the kids or alone, you are bound to be seduced by the beauty and nature of Manuel Antonio.

    You should start your Costa Rica adventures by setting out on some of the reserve's well-marked trails, which will take you deep into the rainforest. Make sure you pack your camera as you will not want to miss the chance to get some photos of the creatures you find here. Within the rainforest, you may be lucky enough to spot sloths, marmosets, iguanas and toucans. You should also keep your eyes open for some of the monkeys that live in the trees, with capuchin and howler monkeys among the species that call the Manuel Antonio National Park home. But you must also remember that you should not feed the animals while visiting the reserve.

    After spending time exploring the rainforest, you may want to relax - in which case you should head to one of Manuel Antonio's beaches. There are four stretches of sand that you can visit within the boundaries of the national park, with each offering its own charms and attractions - but all of them have one thing in common in that they are still havens for wildlife.

    If you want to take to the water to see what lives beneath the waves then you may want to head to Playa Manuel Antonio, where you will find a small coral reef just offshore. Take your snorkelling equipment with you as well as your swimwear and delve into a colourful world full of small fish, stunning corals and, if you're lucky, even sea turtles. Further along the coast, you will find Playa Espadilla Sur, which is situated on a small island that is now attached to the mainland by a narrow sand spit. This too boasts white sand and is fringed by the rainforest, providing the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos.

    If you want to find stunning views across the Pacific Ocean on a trip to Costa Rica, you should follow the trail to the top of Serrucho Point. The cliff here is deeply eroded and you will be able to see numerous sea caves as you approach it. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a beautiful panorama across the rainforest stretching down towards the beaches and the water's edge.

    When planning your visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park on a Costa Rica Adventure, you must remember that visitor numbers are restricted each day to ensure that the wildlife is not disturbed. As such, you may want to book in advance to ensure that you have the opportunity to explore its rainforest and beaches. There is also a ranger station situated near the town of Quepos, which is just outside the nature reserve. It is open daily between 8:00 and 16:00 local time and you will be able to pick up information about the trails in the park and the animals you may see from here.

    TrekAmerica's adventure tours of USA, Canada and Mexico are aimed at travellers aged 18-38. TrekAmerica's Grand American Adventures offers similar trips aimed at travellers of all ages, including families.

  • For Media and Press Enquiries please contact:

    Michelle Smithson, Senior Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

    Amy Jackson, Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

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