Things to do in Costa Rica

Local cultural opportunities, tours / things to do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is recognized worldwide as a tourist destination.  Biological diversity is our main attraction. The Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT) offers a wide array of possibilities, and contact information for tours all over the country (beaches in the Atlantic Coast and the Pacific Coast, mountain ranges, volcanoes, jungle, etc.). It would be ideal to plan vacation time before or after the conference. In the attached documents we offer additional information on tourism possibilities. Moreover, the Local Committee will offer two different tours to nature sites (Poás Volcano and to Lankester Botanical Garden, which is the leading research center of UCR on Mesoamerican region flora) and cultural tours including the  Jade Museum and Gold Museum, which house exquisite collections reflecting our ancestral cultures.

Different activities that can be carried out in the country:
Rafting
Canopy
Kayak
Stand up paddle
Trips to Turtle Island
Whale and dolphin watching
Trips to Caño Island
Ponderosa Adventure Park
Zooave
Bird Tour
Walks in the forest
Cerro Pelado
Nauyaca Waterfall
Hot Springs in San Carlos
Cloudforest Ranch
Coffee Tour
Free diving
Snorkel
Toro Amarillo Waterfall
Museums

Interest: Rescue and protection of archaeological, historical and natural heritage.

Location: 17 Street, Central and Second Avenues

Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. - 16.30 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Website: http://www.museocostarica.go.cr

Phone: (+506) 2257-14339

Cost: General rate: $ 9. Foreign students with ID: $ 4. Carriers of the student, youth or teacher ISIC card (student, youth and teacher): $4.

Interest: Plastic arts of Costa Rica and international. Painting, sculpture and photography.

Location: La Sabana Park.

Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. at 4:00 p.m.

Website: http://www.musarco.go.cr

Phone: (+506) 2222-7155 / (+506) 2222-79-32 / (+506) 2222-77-34

Cost: Free admission

Interest: Pre-Columbian gold samples and indigenous artifacts.

Location: Under the Plaza de la Cultura, San José.

Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm.

Website: http://www.museosdelbancocentral.org

Phone: (+506) 2243-4202

Cost: Regular $9 (from June 6 to November). Students $7 (from June 6 to November)

Interest: Collection of coins and money papers of the world.

Location: 2 floor, Central de Correos building.

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:45 p.m.

Email: smaroto@correos.go.gr

Phone: (+506) 2223-6918

Cost: Regular $9 (del 6 de junio a noviembre). Estudiantes $7 (del 6 de junio a noviembre)

Interest: Collection of pre-Columbian jade pieces and other precious and semi-precious stones

Location: Ground floor of the Central Offices of the National Insurance Institute ( 7 Avenue, Streets 9 and 11).

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Website: http://www.museodeljadeins.com

Phone: (+506) 2287-6034 / (+506) 2223-5800

Cost: Adultos $ 15. Estudiantes con carné $ 5. Menores 5 años exonerados

Interest: Natural sciences and zoology.

Location: Next to La Salle High School.

Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays or holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: https://www.museolasalle.ed.cr

Phone: (+506) 2232-1306

Cost: Adults 1500 colones. Only accept cash payment.

Interest: Insects.

Location: Basement of Music School, Rodrigo Facio Headquarters, University of Costa Rica.

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/insectosucr

Phone: (+506) 2511-8551

Interest: Contemporary Art

Location: 3 Avenue, 15 Street.

Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 pm. (Monday exclusive entry to groups for guided tours and workshops by appointment).

Facebook: https://www.madc.cr

Phone: (+506) 2257-9370

Cost: Foreigners: $ 3. Students (with ID): ¢ 1000. First Tuesday of each month free admission.

Interest: Collections, research, publications and didactic programs in the fields of Archeology, Visual Arts and History of the Currency in Costa Rica.

Location: 35 street, 7 Avenue. Barrio Escalante: from the Fresh Market 100 mts East and 100 mts, South. Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Schedule: Streets 3 and 5, Central and Second Avenues, low place of Plaza de la Cultura, San José.

Website: https://museosdelbancocentral.org

Phone: (+506) 2243-4202

Cost: Regular $ 9 (from June 6 to November). Students $ 7 (from June 6 to November)

Coast National Parks

Location: Guanacaste, Santa Cruz

Schedule: Open every day of the year from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Except for the turtle nesting season (October-February), the beach stay is allowed until 5:00 p.m.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/marino-las-baulas

Cost: Foreigners: $12 per person

Location: Limón.

Schedule: For the Blanca beach sector: Every day from 6 a. m. to 5 p. m. For the Puerto Vargas sector: Every day from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. The trail los colares closes at 2:00 p.m.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-cahuita/

Cost: Non-resident: $5

Location: Limón.

Schedule: Sector of Manzanillo, Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Gandoca Sector, Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Website: shttps://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/gandoca-manzanillo

Cost: Voluntary Contribution

Location: Quepos, Puntarenas.

Schedule: Hours of service for visitors: 7 am to 4 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays is closed. Including holidays

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-manuel-antonio

Cost: Foreigners $16

Location: Guanacaste.

Schedule: Normal visiting hours: From 8:00 a.m. at 4:00 p.m. (attention to visitors for information or reservations). Schedule to visit the caverns: From 8:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m. (decline).

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-barra-honda

Cost: Non-resident foreigners: $12 per person and per day.

Location: Guanacaste.

Schedule: Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-palo-verde

Cost: Non-resident: $12

Location: Puntarenas.

Schedule: Hours of service for visitors: 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Sunday from December to April. From 8 am to 4 pm from May to November.

Facebook: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-carara

Cost: Non-resident: $10

Location: Puntarenas

Schedule: Tuesday through Sunday 7 am - 4 pm (Holiday Season from 6 am - 6 pm).

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-marino-ballena

Cost: Non-resident foreigners: $12 per person and per day.

Location: Limón

Schedule: Every day from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-tortuguero

Cost: Non-resident: $15 ($2 Cerro Tortuguero).

Mountain National Parks

Location: Cartago

Schedule: Every day from 8:00 a.m. at 3:30 p.m. Even holidays.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-volcan-irazu

Cost: Non-residents: $15

Location: Alajuela.

Schedule: Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., includes holidays. Needs reservation.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-volcan-poas

Cost: Non-residents: $15

Location: Tilarán, San Carlos and San Ramón.

Schedule: Open every day, from 8:00 a.m. at 2:30 p.m., including holidays.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-arenal

Cost: Non-resident Adult: $15

Location: Cartago.

Schedule: Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-tapanti-macizo-de-la-muerte

Cost: Non-residents: $10

Location: Cartago.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/monumento-nacional-guayabo

Cost: Non-residents: $5

Location: Guanacaste.

Schedule: Different schedules for different attractions.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/monteverde

Cost: Different prices for different activities.

Location: Limón.

Schedule: Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., includes holidays.

Website: https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-braulio-carrillo

Cost: Non-residents: $12