Located in Central America and spreading majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is a small country that is abundant in natural beauty and biodiversity. As one of the most biodiverse places in the world, this small country leverages tourism to protect its plethora of interesting flora and fauna through the establishment of protected zones, national parks, and conservation programs.
I was in Costa Rica for a few days for work in the month of June. Being an Indian and living in India, Costa Rica is probably not one of the priority destinations for tourism for any of us. So when this opportunity presented itself, I seized a day to explore this beautiful place.
Quick tips before you plan to travel to Costa Rica:
1. Indians with Indian passport, holding valid US, Canada, Japan, South Korea or Schengen visas (stamped) do not need a prior visa specifically for CR.
2. The currency is colon, but USD is widely accepted, provided the bill is not too large
3. It rains year-round in Costa Rica, so bring a light rain jacket
4. There are few regular public bus services around the country, so organized group tours are a better way to cover experiences without having to worry about local logistics
Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, river valleys and biodiversity. Since it was not possible to do all of this in just a day, I chose to explore the volcanoes and the rainforests ---- the pictures looked surreal and I decided to give the beaches a skip. I was staying at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San Jose (it's amazing) and booked myself on a group tour with Viator. Since I was traveling alone, I did not want to take chance to exploring the country alone, all by myself. Viator has good tours, operated by locals, at reasonable prices.