Photos: 10 stunning landscapes from all over Costa Rica

Florian Kuster | May 26, 2017
Panoramic shot at Playa Guacalillo; see the beach in real 360˚ at http://www.floriankuster.com/panorama/guacalillo.

Costa Rica, the country of vibrating colors and diverse landscapes. Situated between the two Americas, straddling both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans and divided by several uprising mountain ranges, the country hosts an incredible 5 percent of all life forms on earth.

I’ve been traveling Costa Rica from north to south and from coast to coast and have collected so many beautiful pictures, it’s really hard to pick only a handful. This selection of 10 landscapes is a mix of regions, climate zones, colors and times of the day.

Landscape photograph is beyond the visual, it is about feelings. About what it’s like to be there when the wind pushes the clouds and the sun kisses the day goodbye. About what it would be like to swim in this freezing yet beautiful mountain river, or to fly like a bird contemplating the world underneath.

Which one triggers your emotion?

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Cold mountain river on the slopes of El Valle de El General, Pérez Zeledón.
Cold mountain river on the slopes of El Valle de El General, Pérez Zeledón. Florian Kuster
Catarata del Toro, on the border of Juan Castro Blanco National Park.
Catarata del Toro, on the border of Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Florian Kuster
Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, shot at sunrise.
Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, shot at sunrise. Florian Kuster
Poás Volcano: Star-trail photograph taken during new moon with special permission.
Poás Volcano: Star-trail photograph taken during new moon with special permission. Florian Kuster
Waterfall at the spectacularly blue Celeste River at Tenorio Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica.
Waterfall at the spectacularly blue Celeste River at Tenorio Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica. Florian Kuster
Airplane view over the Caribbean lowlands, where Tortuguero National Park begins.
Airplane view over the Caribbean lowlands, where Tortuguero National Park begins. Florian Kuster
Cloud forest at San Gerardo de Dota, 2,400 meters above sea level, home of the elusive resplendent quetzal.
Cloud forest at San Gerardo de Dota, 2,400 meters above sea level, home of the elusive resplendent quetzal. Florian Kuster
Airplane view of Ballena Marine National Park with its distinctive “whale tail” landmark.
Airplane view of Ballena Marine National Park with its distinctive “whale tail” landmark. Florian Kuster
Sunset looking from Monteverde down to the Pacific, with the ocean in the background.
Sunset looking from Monteverde down to the Pacific, with the ocean in the background. Florian Kuster

Florian Kuster is a Swiss photographer living in Costa Rica who specializes in architecture photography, 360˚ Virtual Tours and videos. In his free time he is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer and sometimes takes his friends on tour to discover beautifully green and versatile Costa Rica. For more info visit www.perspectivas360.com, or write to info@floriankuster.com.

9 Comments »

  1. You are so talented! Thank you for the lovely photos

    Carolyn Reilly
    San Rafael de Coronado

    Comment by Carolyn Reilly — May 26, 2017 @ 10:41 am

  2. Beautiful photos, are the colors natural or have you increased the color saturation? The picture of Catarata del Toro looks to good to be real. Maybe i’ll have to go see it for myself.
    Great work.

    Comment by Gene Silver — May 26, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

  3. Having been to CR many times … the colors have definitely not been “tweaked”. The country is naturally brilliant!

    Comment by Kim crowley — May 26, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

  4. So beautiful. I once lived in Costa Rica!
    Thank you!

    Comment by Juliette Valente — May 26, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

  5. No photos need to be tweaked
    Costa Rica is a beautiful country.
    I have been there many times and that is why you keep going back

    Comment by Leo Hernandez — May 29, 2017 @ 11:42 am

  6. Oh my! we are blessed. Whenever I travel out of Costa Rica, I notice
    the colors are not as brilliant out there, neither is the air quality. let us always try to keep our country beautiful and clean.
    Superb work, thank you.
    grace

    Comment by Grace Fallas — May 29, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

  7. My Contry!!!.is very nice..PURA.VIDA! Tank’s for you visit and pictures..Good work

    Comment by Marlen zamora — May 31, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

  8. We should have more pictures like that all around Costa Rica

    Comment by Martin — June 3, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

  9. thank you for the beautiful photos,the poas volcano picture seemed surreal!

    Comment by Jon Shong — June 6, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

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