Thrill-seeking kayakers negotiate a perilous suspension bridge soaring over Costa Rica’s Savegre River, near Manuel Antonio National Park.
Photograph by Lucas J. Gilman/Aurora Photos
An oasis of calm and beauty between troubled Nicaragua to the north and impecunious Panama to the south—a tropical Switzerland and only just a bit larger. • A former president won a Nobel Peace Prize for helping ease the political spasms of its neighbors. • Endless natural wonders stir the blood. • Tangled rain forest and fire-spitting volcanoes are fringed by empty beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. • Flying from one coast to the other costs next to nothing and takes less than an hour. • Ecotourists making the same journey on land won’t exhaust the country’s many splendors in a year.