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Despite its diminutive size, Costa Rica is a kind of microcontinent unto itself—one sculpted to show off the full potential of the tropics. The diversity of terrain is remarkable. You can journey from the Amazon to a Swiss alpine forest simply by starting on the coastal plains and walking uphill.

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Planning Your Trip

If You Have…

One week: Visit Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, and Monteverde.

Two weeks: Add Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, and Nosara.

Three weeks: Add Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula.

Four weeks: Add Parque Nacional Tortuguero, Cahuita, and Puerto Viejo.

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