Costa Rica Highlights
From 10,000 feet in the air, nothing is what it seems. Supposedly unending rainforests are passed over in seconds, roaring rivers are hushed and immense lakes become nothing more than puddles. But changing one's altitude does much more than minimize the landscape and its grandeur. Indeed, while soaring among the clouds, in a brief moment of suspension, something beautiful takes place. The combination of earth, vegetation and water, which from land appears so mundane, suddenly explodes into hypnotizing mosaic; reflections and distortions of sunlight, normally unavailable to the human eye, begin to produce colors and shadows that deceive while they captivate; and one gets the feeling that an another world exists at this extraordinary height - a world where birds fly, where the sun always shines and where air and wind are king.

Perhaps the most striking illustration of nature's creative capacity is the magnificent maze of mangroves found in Costa Rica. Large areas of mangroves line the estuaries, streams and river mouths along the Pacific and Caribbean Coasts, most prominently to the east, between Limon and Tortuguero. The mangroves grow in this vague zone where freshwater meets saltwater, where the ground is neither liquid nor solid, where trees roots, paradoxically, are aerial.

But from the labyrinth of a small, serpentine stream, or perhaps even when eyed from the midst of a large lagoon, something of the mangroves is lost. To see it all - to view this "in between" world as the Frigate birds, Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills see it; as the Cormorants, Pelicans, Herons and Egrets see it; and as all the others birds nesting and living in the trees see it is to see it from above.

A panorama in smooth motion, a bird's-eye view welcomes in the vivid of nature's unique inspiration. Moving with the wind, suddenly the true scenery appears, uncovering the contrasts otherwise missed: the red of the ground stands out against green of the foliage; the pure white of the clouds belie their gray shadows that darken the land below; and ocean somehow meets horizon as the blues of the sky begin to assimilate those from the sea.

Surfing so close to the cloud's shores, this hidden realm of wind and splendor produces a show that breaks old boundaries while creating new perspectives. In this world, colors converge and shadows dance, mountains disappear and cities fade, leaving only the air that calms, air that simplifies and air that reveals nature's true magnificence.
Item Title Hits
Costa Rica and its Volcanoes 2088
Volcano station 1553
In close contact with Volcano 1365
Rio Celeste: Where the sky flows the mountain 1842
Isla del Coco: Island of a thousand dreams, fantasies and treasures 3344
Arenal Volcano 2278
Coco's Island 1511
Chirrip� 1451
An area of unique combinations and great opportunities 1341
An amazing treasure, hidden under the surface 1553
INBioparque All Nature 1449
Guanacaste: The sun's favorite territory 1482
Easy Escapes: San Gerardo de Dota 2306
Fall into Fossil Land 5763
Manuel Antonio: From Fantasy to Nature's Magic 1749
Corcovado 1432
Guaitil 7248
Cocos Island 1648
Costa Rica Volcanoes 1294
Po�s Volcano National Park: An Experience of Colossal Proportions 3808
White Magic Flows From The Mountains To The Forest 1577
Playa Tambor 1698
Costa Rica Caves: A look inside 1453
Witch's Rock (Roca Bruja) 11930
The Sky-Blue River (Rio Celeste) 14500
Corobici River 2076
Manuel Antonio 1528
Arenal Area 2083
Wetlands 1918
Wonderful Corcovado 1849
Tortuguero Experience 1792
Ca�o Negro 1571
Arenal Lake 1605
Caribbean Canals 1566
Lowland Rivers 1495
Monteverde Cloud Forest 1984
Home arrow Ecotourism and Nature arrow Costa Rica Highlights

Did you know?

Costa Rica is the country with the highest literacy rate and the highest life expectancy in Latin America.

Study Costa Rica

Costa Rica Pictures

We have 2 guests online

Costa Rica

Tourism Center
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Important to Know
Travel to Costa Rica
Ecotourism and Nature
Activities and Sports
Geographical Division
Protected Areas
Costa Rican Volcanoes
Costa Rican Beaches
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Information Center
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
General Information
Art and Culture
People and Society
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Business Center
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Business and Economy
Development- Services
Real Estate - Investment
Costa Rican Coffee

Search Directory

Advanced Search

We are in Costa Rica. For more information, comments or suggestions, please contact us here.
© 1996 - 2015 Costa Rica Tourism. ® All rights reserved.