This is my second day at San Jose before going to the Pacific Coast for a few days. I’ve been in the Caribbean coast, two volcanoes, a rural town and the rainforest outside the metro area. Yesterday I visited two of the most popular spots, the Central Market and the National Theater. Today I moved a bit to the north to visit INBioparque, a thematic nature park located 20 minutes from San Jose, in Santo Domingo de Heredia. I departed from my hotel directly to INBioparque, since most eco tours will include transportation. Verify that with your Costa Rica travel agency.
Nature is all over Costa Rica, even in the metropolitan area. INBioparque is an interactive, controlled park where you will have the chance to see different types of Costarican forest in the same tour. My visit started with an introduction about the park and Costa Rica’s bio diversity. Right after that, we started the walk through the different trails that cover over 500,000 square feet, as the park is divided.
There are samples of the Rainforest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest. It’s perfect for a Costa Rica birding tour since you can watch several species of birds. There’s an aquarium, lots of plants, flowers and animals such as poisonous frogs, turtles, snakes, spiders and iguanas. There’s also a small lake besides a butterfly garden, and a serpentarius. If you are in a Costa Rica family travel and have kids, they will love INBioparque, and grown-ups also have a lot of fun.
At INBioparque, you will find the usual touristic services: restaurant, souvenir shop, coffee shop. It goes further by including an amphitheater and several event halls. If you ask me what to bring to the tour, I’d say walking shoes, comfortable clothes, binoculars, rain gear, camera and hat. That has you covered.
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