Nature in Costa Rica

Stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and ascending more than 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) along the way, Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes host dozens of habitats and climate zones
The result is a tiny country that packs a serious punch – the most biodiversity per square mile in the world, in fact! 
The country’s rainforests, mountain paramos, cloud forests, savannah, dry forests, ancient cave systems, and river gorges give refuge to more than 500,000 species, including hundreds of mammals and endangered wildcats. There are few places in the world where so many types of habitats fit into such a small place!
With more than 850 species of resident and migrant birds identified throughout the country, Costa Rica abounds with great birdwatching sites. If you're also looking forward to seeing other animals, Costa Rica has a long list! Four species of monkeys can be found here: Howler, White Face or Capuchin, Squirrel and Spider. You will find these guys all over the country! 
Sloths are located all over Costa Rica, too. If you have an eye for spotting things, look up at the trees. You might just find one taking a nap. The two species of sloths found in Costa Rica are the two-toed sloth and the three-toed sloth, our dense forests are home to them. 
With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences. Let's explore some of these natural wonders:


You’ve heard of rainforests, but what do you know about Costa Rica’s tropical dry forests, mountain rivers, active volcanoes, and cloud forests? 


Avid birdwatchers have spotted an incredible 850 bird species – that’s 10 percent of the world’s total avian population! – in Costa Rica. To put that in perspective, Costa Rica is home to twice as many bird species as the U.S. and Canada combined.


Some of Costa Rica’s plants, like coffee and orchids, get all the attention. But the truth is, the bushes, flowers, and trees that cover the nation’s vast landscapes are all incredible. 


Costa Rica’s volcanoes are part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle and include more than 200 volcanic formations, some of which are more than 65 million years old. Learn all about them!
Costa Rica definitely has a little something for every traveler. From thrilling adventures like whitewater rafting, canyoning, cave tubing, and zip lining, to relaxing activities and lounging at the beach. So if you're looking forward to immersing yourself in nature and admiring the natural beauty of this secluded paradise, we can get it done!
Do you still need a little convincing as to why this Central American nation will make a life-changing vacation? Our bespoke travel consultants are here to help. With all the local knowledge, these experts are dedicated to creating itineraries that will meet and exceed expectations, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying some of the best exciting adventures found in Costa Rica.
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