Sitting on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, you’ll find the quiet sandy shores of Punta Uva. Home to a small number of residents and mildly populated by tourism, this peaceful place is only a five-minute walk to the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Surrounded by bounteous rainforest filled with a network of hiking trails, the beach features a shallow coral reef excellent for snorkeling. In the nearby Talamanca mountain range, indigenous tribes live in harmony with nature following simple sustainability practices of their predecessors who settled here long, long ago. They welcome you to learn the process of making chocolate from cacao and will take you swimming at a jungle waterfall, or on a guided birdwatching expedition. Tours are also available from this area to go ziplining through the canopy, rappelling in the waterfalls and streams, plus climbing a giant old growth tree!
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