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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a place where opportunities are truly boundless. A peaceful green jewel of Central America, the country has not had a standing army since 1948, and has even been awarded the accolade of happiest country in the world by the Happy Planet Index in 2016.  A land of tranquillity, Costa Rica lives by the concept of ‘Pura Vida’, i.e. ‘Pure Life’, an ideology that can loosely be translated into several positive connotations: ‘take it easy’, ‘enjoy life’, and ‘all good’ are just some expressions of the eternal optimism that rules supreme here.

Striking a beautiful balance with nature, Costa Rica boasts greater biodiversity than North America and Europe combined. Home to the greatest density of species in the world, the country is a conservationist and naturist’s dream.  It is also the world’s hummingbird capital, with over 52 different species.  A serious contender to be reckoned with in the environmental protection stakes, the country’s sustainability initiatives are visionary; after the banishment of the army,  funds were reallocated to be spent on education, health and pensions. The government also uses taxes collected from the sale of fossil fuels to pay for the protection of Costa Rica’s stunning rainforests. In 2015, the country produced 99% of its electricity from renewable sources and aims to be entirely carbon neutral by 2021.

Endless diversions await the energetic in Costa Rica. Thrill seekers should take a trip to the mountain village of Turrialba, renowned for its strong coffee and being Central America’s best white water rafting destination along the Pacuare and Reventazon Rivers.  An undeniably gem in Costa Rica is the Rio Celeste River in the Tenorio Volcano National Park; impossibly beautiful and blue, it draws crowds far and wide. The Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for intrepid explorers. The gigantic 330 hectare reserve showcases pristine beaches, mangrove estuaries, primary and secondary rainforest and tree plantations. Incredible walking trails beckon - hike seven kilometres along well-kept land, or view the reserve from a different vantage point, on a platform thirty-six metres above the forest floor! Feeling brave? Zip line through the forest and catch glimpses of some of the 351 types of bird in the lush canopy! 

 

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Countryside & Wildlife

Countryside & Wildlife

Striking a beautiful balance with nature, Costa Rica boasts greater biodiversity than North America and Europe combined. Home to the greatest density of species in the world, the country is a conservationist and naturist’s dream.  It is also the world’s hummingbird capital, with over 52 different species. Located between two oceans and two continents, Costa Rica is set apart by the intense biodiversity on display within its borders and by its efforts to preserve these natural wonders through future development. No matter what region of Costa Rica you visit, there are unique habitats and ecosystems supporting a wide range of species.

Beaches

Beaches

Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. Even on nearby beaches the sand can vary from white, black, or brown coloration. Some beaches are full of shells or scattered with rocks; others are soft with fluffy fine sand. Some are fantastic for swimming, and others are better for surfing. Drake Bay Beach on the Osa Peninsula is a particualr highlight.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

In Costa Rica, dozens of mountain springs, streams, and rivers snake through the forest, and with so much freshwater, Costa Rica has managed to meet a significant portion of its energy needs through the generation of hydroelectric power. As runoff moves through lush terrain on its way out to sea, hundreds of cascading waterfalls can be found throughout the rainforests and mountainous areas. Numerous waterfalls are unknown or remain closed to the public, but many breath-taking ones make great destinations for a day hike and refreshing afternoon swim.

Volcanoes

Volcanoes

One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano, which resides in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Although itentered into a resting phase in 2010, it is still a stunning sight. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, Arenal frames the skyline with near perfect symmetry. The immediate area hosts a wealth of activities – including whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking and canopy tours – as well as the friendly town of La Fortuna. Made up mostly of primary rainforest, the park harbors a tremendous amount of flora and fauna - nearly 75% of the total 850 species of birds that have been identified in Costa Rica can be found here. The plants are just as varied and include guayabo de monte, laurel, palms, orchids, heliconias, and ferns. Arenal’s smaller – and much older – sibling, the Chato Volcano, adjoins Arenal. This volcano, which resides at a height of 3,740, has been inactive for some 3,500 years and has a crater filled with aqua-blue water.

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