Among the chief highlights of visiting Costa Rica is a deep dive into its protected nature areas, to witness their stunning biodiversity and support the country’s pioneering conservation efforts. While staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, guests get plenty of opportunities for full immersion into nature.
The star among the nearby natural attractions is Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most extensive parks, encompassing no less than seven diverse habitats with a dizzying diversity of plant and wildlife. Just north of San Jose, a short drive from Finca Rosa Blanca, it showcases rugged mountains, lush primeval forests, two dormant volcanoes, deep canyons, gorgeous waterfalls, meandering rivers and a splendid cloud forest – a true nature lovers’ delight. The 118,000-acre park (84 percent of which is primary forest) extends from 9530 feet above sea level atop Barva Volcano down to 118 feet at La Selva in the Caribbean lowlands.
This superb park is home to more than 500 species of birds, including the magnificent quetzal, and 6000 species of plants, such as the fast disappearing palmito and tepezcuintle trees. It also features over 135 species of animals, such as guans, jaguars, tapirs, monkeys and South America’s largest venomous snake, the bushmaster. Finca Rosa Blanca has a close relationship with the national park and offers fantastic guided tours of its many highlights, including the various lagoons of the crater.
Another popular tour from Finca Rosa Blanca is a float on the Tárcoles River, to experience the biodiversity of the Pacific coast mangroves and catch sight of the rare scarlet macaws, mangrove hummingbirds, American pygmy kingfisher and Jesus Christ lizards. Just 15 minutes away is Carara National Park, so it’s great to combine the river float with a visit to Carara, which is known to have ten of the most uncommon and rare hardwoods in the country, often covered with vines and epiphytes. From the Rio Tárcoles Bridge you can not only catch fantastic views of the park, but you can also spot crocodiles and scarlet macaws.
Also great to visit nearby is Tirimbina Biological Reserve, with a variety of trails that have you crossing suspension bridges over the rushing Sarapiqui River and discovering the rainforest at your own pace. This mid-elevation rainforest reserve has an impressive abundance of wildlife, from two-toed sloths to spider monkeys, anteaters and countless exotic birds.
At Finca Rosa Blanca and the area around it, you get to experience nature first-hand – raw, wild and pure.