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Costa Rica Ecotourism

The red-eyed tree frog is an arboreal hylid native to Neotropical rainforests in Central America.

There are many ways to experience unforgettable Costa Rica vacations: staying at the coziest boutique hotels, making thrilling and fun activities like canopy tours or traveling with a vacation package that allow you to discover a lot of Costa Rica destinations in a short time. But one of the best ways to really enjoy your time in our country is traveling green.

Being an eco tourist will let you have a unique Costa Rica travel while you leave a positive footprint on the people and places you visit. Even a big event like your Costa Rica wedding can be an ecologically responsible green wedding if you want to.

From the moment you arrive to one of the Costa Rica airports, you can start amazing vacations that not only will transform the way you look life, but the way the world travel.

Tourism is one of the most important economic activities of Costa Rica but fortunately, the country is the birthplace of ecotourism and also the place where this activity has achieved the highest level of success. That’s why we take pride in the fact that every day thousands of visitors can experience the incredible variety of wildlife of this natural paradise thanks to the responsible tourism programs the country has.

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” 

Costa Rica, a small country measuring 51.100 square kilometers, is full of natural wealth and breathtaking tourist attractions. This small stretch of land represents barely 0.3% of the earth's total surface area and houses 5% of the global biodiversity. Thanks to the perfect Costa Rica weather, this is the home to more bird species than the United States, as well of a greater variety of butterflies than in all Africa. These facts demonstrate why this Central American nation of 4 million inhabitants has received such considerable international recognition in the area of biodiversity.

In the Costa Rica's diverse habitats and ecosystems live 13 thousand plant species, 2,000 moth and 4,500 butterfly species, 163 varieties of amphibians, 220 types of reptiles, 1,600 species of fresh and salt-water fish, and at least 870 types of birds.
The extensive landscape also boasts many different types of forests, including mangrove swamps, rain forests, herbaceous ponds, cloud forests, moors, palm groves, oak woods, and swamp groves.

Among Costa Rica's environmental wonders are incredible volcanoes, several of which, like the Arenal, are active and produce relaxing hot springs that are some of Costa Rica's most popular attractions. There are also deep caves to explore and pre-Columbian settlements, sites of many meso-American archaeological studies. These are all part of a vast system of 22 national parks, 10 wildlife refuges, 12 biological reserves, 8 forest reserves and 26 protected zones, covering 25% of the national territory.

The Costa Rican Government, in an effort to preserve the natural riches of this country, is currently implementing sustainable development policies that foster the adequate use of natural resources. That’s why it has also set the goal to be Carbon Neutral in 2021.

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Flora and Fauna

The red-eyed tree frog is an arboreal hylid native to Neotropical rainforests in Central America.

If you are looking for vacation packages that include mountains and beaches; birds and monkeys; and zip lines and horseback rides, you have gotten to the right place: Costa Rica!

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Protected Areas

Costa Rica Protected Areas

Costa Rica’s National Parks System covers about 25% of the national territory and protects parts of nearly all the ecosystems that exist in the country. Those parks and protected areas are not only great places to include in Costa Rica vacation packages for hikers and people looking wildlife, some of them also are perfect for people looking unique places for diving, spelunking, surfing and other thrilling outdoor activities.

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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

One of the blessings of the perfect Costa Rica weather is the natural wealth we have, including the wonderful amount and variety of bird species.

Costa Rica is renowned all over the world for its protected areas and National Parks, perfect for thrilling hikes and unforgettable bird watching tours. About 870 species of birds have been found in the country, hidden in different tourist attractions like dry tropical forests, rain forests and cloud forests.

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Turtle Watching

Olive Ridleys turtles nesting at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

If you want a real contact with wildlife in your next Costa Rica vacations, you have to enjoy a sea turtle nesting tour. The nesting of sea turtles is one of nature's most amazing spectacles and it is one of the fun activities you may want to do when you are enjoying some family vacations.

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Monkey Watching

Costa Rica Monkey Watching

You can spot four different species of monkeys in your next Costa Rica vacations: white-faced or capuchin monkey, howler monkey, spider monkey and squirrel monkey.

All of them are easily seen in the canopy of the forest early morning and in the mid-afternoon, when family troops are on the move for feeding. Keep your eyes up and look for tree limbs that shake suddenly…you will probably hear them before you see them.

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