If you are a fan of wild nature, rainforests, raging volcanoes, tumbling rivers, but also beautiful sandy beaches adorned with palms, Costa Rica should be one of your next destinations.
As worldtravelguide.com nicely put: “If Mother Nature can ever be accused of showing off, it is in Costa Rica”.
The country is placed just north of the equator and is thus one of the most bio-diverse places our planet has to offer.
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In fact, almost half of its territory is marked and protected natural area, which makes this country “a world pioneer in eco-tourism”.
Costa Rica’s many national parks are the greatest glory of this amazing country. “Its national parks comprise a stunning variety of landscapes, microclimates, flora and fauna. The cloud forests of Monteverde are the haunt of the resplendent quetzal, sacred national bird. Corcovado’s coastal rainforest is home to all four native monkey species,” writes World Travel Guide.
“The northwestern Nicoya Peninsula is teeming with birds, wild cats, whales and dolphins. The canals, beaches and mangroves of Tortuguero are alive with wildlife, including nesting green and leatherback turtles”.
Also, for all you adrenalin junkies, Costa Rica offers many extreme sport activities like whitewater rafting, tree-top zip wires, surfing, quad biking, etc… Another amazing fact about this gem is that it is the only country in the region with no standing army, making Costa Rica “a beacon of peace and democracy”.