The Ecosystems of Costa Rica

 Aerial view of the turquoise waters of Rio Celeste and the lush rainforest

First Things First: Defining Ecosystems

Costa Rica’s biodiversity is one of its main attractions. With a rich variety of wildlife, plantlife, and landscapes, it packs a punch in a pretty small territory. And with over 26% of this territory protected by law in national parks or nature reserves, it’s easy to see how important the flora and fauna of Costa Rica are for its people.
But these natural wonders do not occur alone. From the smallest frogs to the tallest trees, every single natural element is part of a bigger symphony. Each one connects and mingles with the others, sometimes in unexpected ways. Sometimes they help each other thrive, sometimes they compete for resources. This all happens in a delicate, and often brutal, but always perfect, balance.
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