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Top things to do in Costa Rica

Introducing one of the most unique places in the world, that is blessed with incredible natural wealth. A place where biodiversity blooms and the landscapes are so diverse that you won’t believe your eyes. A destination for nature and wildlife lovers, a destination that is a living, breathing documentary. You can enjoy barefoot luxury at beachfront homes in Costa Rica or experience ecotourism in a sustainable way. It is a place to unleash your senses and immerse into a world unlike no other. Here we look into the basics that make it simply irresistible, while also being the torchbearer of sustainable tourism.

Unleash your senses in Costa Rica

Natural, Wondrous Sites to Be Blown Away By

Costa Rica has an inconceivable range of natural sites. Usually, each place will have a distinct geomorphologic character. Well, Costa Rica has it all. It is as if creation could not decide on just a few traits, so here they are: volcanoes, valleys, lakes, mountains, cloud forests, rainforests, caves, waterfalls, and beaches are all part of the Costa Rican landscape.

Natural, Wondrous Sites to Be Blown Away By

Costa Rica has an inconceivable range of natural sites. Usually, each place will have a distinct geomorphologic character. Well, Costa Rica has it all. It is as if creation could not decide on just a few traits, so here they are: volcanoes, valleys, lakes, mountains, cloud forests, rainforests, caves, waterfalls, and beaches are all part of the Costa Rican landscape.

The unique Mount Verde Cloud Forest is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with this mysterious, misty phenomenon. Featuring large expansions of land that are either National Reserves or National Parks, Costa Rica is a true, one of a kind, emerald treasure. The richness of the flora and fauna found in this country will leave the visitor in utter awe, allowing them to get a glimpse of what it must be like to be part of a film crew, making a nature picture.

Biodiversity Beyond Belief:

Costa Rica is known as the hummingbird capital, with over 25 species sighted in the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Also home to an array of big cats, like jaguars, pumas and margays found in the Corcovado park as well as the rescue centres of Las Pumas and Foundation Jaguar. The Corcovado park is also the home to four monkey species: white-headed capuchin, mantled howlers, Central American squirrels, and Geoffrey spider monkeys.

Tortuguero, meaning ‘full of turtles’, is where you can observe green turtles, as well as other more rare types such as the leatherbacks, the hawksbill and the loggerheads. Sloths and many kinds of animals belonging to the reptilian family are

Sustainable Travel Is The Way Forward

With all the above natural treasures in their backyard, Costa Ricans would remiss if they did not take measures to protect their indigenous dowery. Realising where government spending should be focused and what is truly important, environmental protection is a serious matter, with citizens accepting a specific ecological tax to cover the carbon footprint. Apart from this, there have been many activities with the same goal. It was recorded that for the year 2015, 99% of the electricity consumed in Costa Rica was produced renewable resources.

The Locals at Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio Beach is located in a national park, where you would imagine you would be left in peace to contemplate the scenery and enjoy the sun the blesses this land. But you will be surprised to find many unruly locals trying to disrupt your swim or even stealing your lunch.

These locals come in different shapes and forms, animals that are here to show who is actually in charge or whose park this actually is. The beach is unique in the sense that it is rare to be surrounded by so many different species on a beach, where we generally expect (and find) a bit of solitude. Rated by Forbes magazine as one of the most beautiful natural parks in the world, it is located 100 miles from the capital San Jose, created back in 1972.
Random Costa Rica Facts
– Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’ and justifiably so.
– It occupies 0,1% of the world’s physical territory, hosting 5% of the world’s biodiversity therein!
– Considered one of the happiest countries in the world, at least the first of the developing world in the World Happiness Report for 2016, at the same time as Happy Planet Index with ranks it at number 1.
– The staple food is black beans and rice, which locals eat for breakfast and, sometimes, for lunch and dinner on the same day.
– There are 121 volcanic formations in the country, seven of which are still considered active. Arenal Volcano, located northwest of the country, is among the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
– Monkeys are the most common mammals in the country, just like bats.
– The Costa Rican motto is ‘pura vida’ that loosely translated is ‘pure life’.
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