Savegre, North Puntarenas

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Eco-travelers looking to spend time in a pristine natural setting during their vacation to Costa Rica won't want to miss the Savegre River, a rushing stream that allows tourists to feel at one with the rainforest.

The Savegre is born from two tributaries, the Division River and the Upper Savegre. Both of these waterways are fed by streams and rainfall in Cerro de la Muerte, a range of soaring mountains in the heart of Costa Rica. The river is said to be one of the cleanest in the entire country - in addition to its origins from the pure springs of the central highlands, the Savegre has just 1,000 people living along its banks. Moreover, there are no industrial facilities nearby to dump pollution into the river, leaving it a sparkling and welcoming habitat for all kinds of exotic wildlife.

During a visit to the Savegre River, travelers will have access to a wide range of national parks. In these lush reserves, they may be able to spot some of Costa Rica's most interesting flora and fauna. Tapirs, jaguars and many species of birds populate the jungle that lines the river, while the waters of the Savegre itself are also home to many engaging animals. Upstream, fishermen catch colorful rainbow trout, while downstream, tourists may be able to see the machaca, a little-known fish related to the piranha. In the river's estuary, travelers can see massive crocodiles and a diverse array of colorful coastal birds.

Generally, tourism in the Savegre region focuses on two distinct areas. Those who want to see the upper part of the river can access it on the Interamerican Highway through San Gerardo de Dota, where they may be able to see the famous resplendent quetzal. To get to the lower part of the river, they must take the Pacific Coastal Highway. In this area, tourists can go whitewater rafting. Moreover, the downstream section of the Savegre is close to Quepos, allowing travelers to visit Manuel Antonio and other famous national parks in the area.

The Savegre River is also a great destination for those who want to travel off the beaten path. In the past, poor road conditions along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast have prevented many tourists from visiting the area. Currently, new highways have opened up the region to visitors, but many travelers still frequent more famous destinations elsewhere in the area. This provides intrepid vacationers with an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Costa Rican Pacific without having to deal with the crowds.
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