costa rica

Costa Rica is a nature lover and outdoor enthusiasts' paradise. It is very much at the forefront of eco-tourism and for good reason. The country is home to 15 different eco-systems which have created its spectacular natural beauty.

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Its beaches go on for mile after mile of unspoilt beauty and the jungle has an extraordinary wildlife all of its own. To really get the best out of the country there are endless activities on offer: hiking, mountain biking, flying on zip lines through the jungle canopy, snorkelling, diving, horse riding and white water rafting.

The cloud forest of Monteverde is one of the most famous eco-tourism areas in Central America. It is called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest, creating a misty and mystical habitat supporting a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Santa Elena is home to the Monteverde Orchid Garden featuring 450 species including the world's smallest one, which is viewed through a magnifying glass. The Santa Elena Reserva is less busy than Monteverde and an excellent place to do night trails of nocturnal wildlife.

 Parque Nacional Cahuita is the only coral reef on the Costa Rican Caribbean coastline and found within this park are 500 species of fish which affords excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving. It has stunning beaches and is good for both land and water activities making it one of the most visited parks on the Caribbean coast. A well-defined trail runs through the coastal rainforest and howler monkeys and sloths are among the wildlife attractions.

The Veragua Rainforest Research Adventure Park is definitely a highlight of any trip to Costa Rica, both from an educational and wow-factor perspective. Located less than one hour from the historic Caribbean town of Limón, the park houses the largest indoor nocturnal frog exhibit in the world, a butterfly garden, reptile vivarium, hummingbird garden, magnificent waterfalls, a fascinating tram ride through the rainforest canopy and spectacular walking trails through the primary rainforest..

A boat trip up the Tortuguero Canal, which runs parallel to the coastline from Puerto Limon to the Nicaraguan border, affords the chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery and get close to a variety of wildlife including see West Indian manatee (sea cow) swimming underwater and spider monkeys.

Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal as is obvious from the name, houses one of South America's most active volcanoes.

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