Costa Rica

The most biodiverse country on earth

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The National Parks Of Costa Rica

Exploring the most biodiverse country on earth

Costa Rica’s national parks are a beacon of inspiration to the nation’s neighbors and to the world. As a leader in land conservation, Costa Rica has designated an astonishing 25% of its landmass as protected area--the highest in the world. A dizzying 26 national parks encompass all kinds of landscapes, habitats, and ecosystems.

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Costa Rica is a leader in land conservation, with an astonishing 25% of its territory designated as protected area. Its dizzying array of national parks (26 in total) are home to all kinds of wildlife, landscapes and ecosystems — think volcanic peaks, white-water rapids and miles of coastline.

Adventure is never far from the table in Costa Rica. There are rainforest hikes and world-class surfing, while its biodiversity and green conservation means that more than half a million species call Costa Rica home, from tropical fish and howler monkeys to toucans and scarlet macaws.

So come to Costa Rica and join the local ticos in their peaceful, relaxed way of life.

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Costa Rica is a sea turtle paradise, with turtle hatching occurring on various beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts throughout the year. There are dozens of small conservation projects and protected areas set up, with many containing a nursery where volunteers can help. Do your research and always be respectful of these beautiful and endangered animals.

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