Located in the Northern Lowlands between Ciudad Quesada and the Nicaragua border, Boca Tapada is far from the beaten tourist path. This is an area that true eco-tourists embrace for its natural beauty and tranquillity. It is also an area of significant agricultural importance. Visitors to the area will pass by many farms in a true rural Costa Rica setting. In addition to cattle, the farms produce pineapples, bananas, heart of palm, plantains, and yucca. Boca Tapada is a primary nesting area for the endangered Great Green Macaw. This is one of the few areas these majestic birds can be observed regularly. In addition to the macaws, over 400 other species of birds have been identified in Boca Tapada but it’s not just a birdwatching destination though; there are many species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The rainforests surrounding Boca Tapada are home to sloths, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, coati and even wild cat species such as jaguars. Various frog and snake species can be observed on guided night hikes along designated trails.
If you are planning a vacation to the Boca Tapada area, you should plan for at least two nights. It takes a bit of an investment in time to reach the area as well as a reliable 4×4 vehicle.