A san carlos tour might have never occurred to you as an option to take comes the next holiday season. And there is a chance that you have never heard of any place named San Carlos to begin with. San Carlos is located in Costa Rica, a small country in Central America flanked between Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. You might have heard of the country but you may not know that Costa Rica is the most visited Central American country. In 2016 alone, the country saw 2.9 million international tourists, 10% higher than it was back in 2015.
The tourism in this country plays a role so big that it brought in $2.8 million in 2012. Costa Rica boasts a vast collection of national parks and preserved areas. In fact, the country is highly regarded as the pioneer of what today comes to be known as ecotourism. Now, it is estimated that 18% of the total tourists coming to the country go to Arenal, a national park with the Arenal volcano as its focal point—one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. At least, that was the case until 2010, when the volcano remained dormant to this day.
The san carlos tour would include a visit to this area because the national park is within this region. But before we go on, we need to set one thing straight: when talking about San Carlos, it could refer to two things, the canton San Carlos and the city San Carlos. The canton of San Carlos is a subdivision of the country, perhaps a little smaller than a province but no bigger than a county. The city San Carlos is the capital city of this canton.
The city goes by the name of Ciudad Quesada but is also to bear its canton’s namesake. The previously mentioned Arenal Volcano is located in La Fortuna area, one of the districts within the city San Carlos. Learning this setting should be enough to give you a picture for the kind of tropical living you will enjoy during your stay.
But of course the san carlos tour does not only feature that magnificent volcano. There is so much to learn about and explore in San Carlos. For example, get this: San Carlos and the nearby areas are responsible for 65% of the total milk consumption in Costa Rica. The city features some hot springs that are transformed into resorts to attract tourists both from other countries and Costa Ricans.
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Travel northeastward through the road that link San Carlos to Aguas Zarcas and you can visit the Zoologico La Marina. Operated by the Alfaro family, it is a nonprofit zoo. The family transformed their private ranch into a zoo to house a collection of 450 animals in total. Most of these animals were confiscated from illegal trading. Zoologico La Marina is also a site of tapir breeding program. The species has been known as endangered and the presence of this program should really help them from going extinct.