Beyond the deserted beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula and the visceral heights of the Monteverde cloud forests lies the real Costa Rica -a land of delicate pathos, forthright purity and hard-won pacifism. Tromp through virgin rain forest- sighting poison-dart frogs and howler monkeys along the way-or simply explore the local lore and laidback beach scene with this comprehensive guide. Less is more - expanded ecofriendly coverage and loads of volunteer and learning opportunities make travelling with a conscience easier than ever.
The wild side - spot your favorite rainforest dwellers - scarlet macaws, caimans and more - with our expert-written color wildlife section. Gaps on the map - lose yourself in the seldom-visited corners of this ecological powerhouse with informed do-it-yourself content and more than 80 maps. Charge it! - surf the world's longest left at Pavones, hike through rain forest in Corcovado or drop into roaring rapids with our Adventure Travel chapter.