Costa Rica Traverse

The Coast to Coast Team ran a first rate operation. Would I do it again? Yes! I would have turned around on the beach and set off to do the full traverse right there and then.

Chris Collier | United Kingdom

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Take an adventure holiday in COSTA RICA with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.

The population of Costa Rica is around 3.8 million, and over 300,00 live in San Jose. The small fertile valley of Meseta Central (Central Valley) holds around two-thirds of the population who reside in the cities of San Jose, Alajuela and Heredia and the surrounding small towns and settlements. The official language is Spanish and more than 76% are Catholic.

Unlike the nations to its north and south, the Costa Rican civilization did not develop until after colonisation in 1562. Prior to that it’s indigenous population were hunters and gatherers, with few fixed settlements. Agricultural development was slow, however by the late 18th century exports of wheat and tobacco allowed conditions in the colony to improve. Whilst Central America gained independence from the Spanish in September 1821, Costa Rica did not find out until a month later! Following a brief civil war, Costa Rica joined the confederation of Central American States, rather than the newly independent Mexico. Unlike other Central American nations, Costa Rica has largely enjoyed a stable political system based on a democratic republic government. The economy depends on tourism, agriculture (coffee, bananas, tobacco) and electronics exports.

Costa Rica is just 240 kilometres (150 miles) wide, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, and 400 kilometres (250 miles) long from Nicaragua to the Panama border. The country is divided by a series of mountains and volcanoes, with the Pacific coastal plain being a lot narrower than the Caribbean side where San Jose is situated.  Within its borders are more than a dozen volcanoes, dry savannas, tropical dry and lush rain forests, cool cloud forests, several mountain ranges, countless streams and rivers and over 1,200 kilometres (755 miles) of coastline stretched along two oceans.

There are four major mountain ranges; Guanacaste and Tilaran in the north, and Central and Talamanca in the South. Within these mountain ranges are a series of active, dormant and extinct volcanoes. The highest peak is Mt Chirripo (3797m). Nearly a quarter of Costa Rica’s territory is within national parks, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and other protected areas. The nation’s twelve distinct ecological zones are home to an vast array of flora and fauna which includes four percent of all known species on Earth. 850 species of birds, 600 species of butterflies, 1,200 species of orchids and 237 species of mammals, (including three-toed sloths, giant anteaters, coatimundis, peccaries and four species of monkeys) are found in Costa Rica.

Featured Adventures

Best of Costa Rica

Explore the remarkable wildlife, pristine scenery, volcanoes, coast and cloud forest of Costa Rica. Few countries can offer such a wide variety of nature - Costa Rica has it all.
8 days |
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Costa Rica Family Adventure

An action packed family adventure in Costa Rica including a suspension bridge treetop walk in Monteverde cloud forest, a boat crossing of Lake Arenal, a guided walk to Arenal Volcano and much more
9 days |
Reviews 1

Costa Rica Traverse

A unique multi activity crossing of Costa Rica from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean Sea under your own steam. Cross the 'continent' by trekking, cycling, kayaking and rafting to view the rich biodiversity of this spectacular country.
12 days |
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Costa Rican Adventure

Explore the remarkable wildlife, pristine scenery, volcanoes, coast and cloud forest of Costa Rica
8 days |
Reviews 1

Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama Multi Activity Adventure

Bike, hike and paddle your way from Nicaragua to Panama via Costa Rica.
15 days |

Yomads Best of Costa Rica

Enter a world of rainforests, howler monkeys, volcanoes & hanging bridges
12 days |
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The Weather in Costa Rica

There are several distinct climatic zones in Costa Rica and as it is a tropical country there is no winter or summer. Most regions experience a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. In the rainy season, short afternoon showers are common, although not daily. In Corcovado, there is considerable rain from October to November, which is why we do not have departures at that time.

In the central valley the temperature averages 22ºC (72ºF) while the coastal regions experience averages of 28 – 32ºC (82 – 89ºF). In the mountain regions it is considerably cooler.

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