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From the mysterious cloud forests and active volcanoes of Costa Rica's central mountains to the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, Costa Rica has some of the most exciting wildlife viewing and inspiring ecotourism in the world.

Costa Rica, translated literally means "the rich coast." It is a country where you can explore varied habitats including rain forests, dry forests, cloud forests, oak forests, high-mountain paramo, wetlands, mangroves, and many natural aquatic habitats.

It is home to more than 850 species of birds, 209 mammal species, 13,000 plant species including 1.500 trees and 1.400 orchids, 220 species of reptiles, and 163 species of amphibians. As for arthropods, such as insects, spiders and crabs, more than 365,000 have been identified so far.

Looking for nature? In Costa Rica you will see monkies in their natural habitat, brightly colored poison dart frogs, large butterflie, toucans, quetzals, scarlet macaws and you may even be lucky and see a jaguar.

Many of the habitats where wild-life flourishes are protected areas, with approximately 16 percent of the country in more than 30 national parks, wildlife refuges, and biological reserves that are open to the public. Another 11 percent is in forest reserves, Indian reserves, and protected zones. In addition, individuals have established reserves for conservation purposes.
The result is that more than 1/2 a million species are thriving in their natural ecosystems.

Recommended Activities
Watch turtles lumber ashore to lay eggs - 6 species nest in Costa Rica. Nesting spots include Tortuguero, Playa Grande, Ostional, and Santa Rosa. Go with a guide and do not disturb the process.

Butterflies - Enjoy them in the wild, learn more about them at butterfly gardens located around the country. The gardens are one way that local people earn income from tourism - related activities that do not destroy the environment.

Canopy tours - View the upper levels of the forest where life is abundant. There are many different type of tours. Some hoist you up to a platform, to observe flora and fauna at leisure. Others require hoisting yourself up. You can ride in a cablecar or walk along bridges through the treetops.

Other ways to enjoy Costa Rica's natural habitat is on horseback tours to spectacular waterfalls, or bicycle tours to many natural history destinations.

Take to a kayak and enjoy the sea and coastline or to explore one of the rivers. White - water raft tours range from day trips to two - or - three remote lodges not accessible by road.

Nature's fiery side is protected in national parks around volcanoes such as Poás, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja, and Arenal.

Hot springs are attractions near Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja parks.

Costa Rica is an unbelievable destination for natural history. Remember that tourism has an impact so be aware of yours and be responsible.


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