Costa Rica as a tourist destination, pioneered when they commit to ecotourism and development and exploitation of their natural resources sustainably. Conserve and protect its rich biodiversity is a task that takes more than three decades imposed.
It has 58 different microclimates and holds 5% of the life forms on the planet in just 50,000 km². Nothing strange if we remember that the isthmus linking two continents. Mammals include jaguars, monkeys, armadillos, sloths, coatis; are almost two hundred species of amphibians; more than 800 bird -watching; tropical fish, rays, sharks and even humpback whales live in its waters; are over 2000 species of trees growing in the soil; 10% of butterflies in the world are here.
2. PROTECTED NATURE.
There are 17 national parks and 7 biological reserves. It is the country with the highest percentage of territory embraced different categories of protection and management of natural areas: 25% of its total area.
3. HAPPY COUNTRY.
According to the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index; and is the «greenest» country in the world.
4. BEACHES AND SURF.
Not everything is jungle. There are highly recommended beaches in the Costa Rican Pacific. The Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste province, is the one with largest hotel infrastructure. In addition to white sand beaches and coral reefs, the coast is a favorite destination for surfers.
5. WINDWARD ISLANDS.
The Caribbean coat today there are more teachers than policemen among its officials. It is a model of democracy in Central America and continues to post strong economic and social development. The literacy rate is around 98% and up to secondary education is free. The high life expectancy and low infant mortality rate are unusual in the area.
8. CARIBBEAN AND THE PACIFIC IN ONE DAY.
Its small dimensions facilitate cross it in its entirety. Breakfast in the Caribbean and dinner in the Pacific is entirely feasible.
9. ACTIVE VOLCANOES.
Seated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica is home to more than 100 volcanoes, 10 of them still active. Next to Poas, Irazu, the Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba, Arenal Volcano is one of the most active and the most visited.