The outdoor life in Costa Rica!

You like landscapes, large and small animals, flowers, trees, and rocks? Costa Rica is for you! Despite its small size the country displays lush vegetation such as an amazing diversity.

A jewel of biodiversity!

Costa Rica, a small country of 51,000 km2, cradled on one side by the Pacific and on the other by the Caribbean Sea, offers an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and biotopes! Volcanoes, agricultural valleys, jungles, dry forests, cloud forests, Paramo, white sandy beaches and mangroves... rub shoulders over short distances!

This diversity of habitats explains in part that the wealth of fauna and flora found in Costa Rica is one of the highest in the world! Indeed, it contains more than 6% of the world's biodiversity and more than 1.3% of the present species are endemic to the country. Today are recorded there : 857 bird species, 239 mammals, 226 reptiles, 183 amphibians, more than 350,000 insects (including about 15,000 butterflies), 11,451 plants (with 2,000 trees) and more than 60,000 mushrooms. Every years, these numbers increase thanks to new species listed! However, in the same time, other species are disappearing, and it is estimated that about 2% of them are endangered (especially among amphibians)...

Since the 1960s important measures have been taken to protect this invaluable treasure: today more than 27% of the territory is protected (and 10%, strictly) under the status of National Park or Reserve. The Coco Island National Park, the Guanacaste Conservation Area and the Amistad International Park have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO!

Rare or endemic species that you may have the chance to see during your trip:

 Birds:  the toucan, the resplendent quetzal, the red macaw, the hummingbird, the tanager, the roseate spoonbill, the frigate and many others.

 Reptiles and amphibians:  multiple and colorful dendrobates, red-eyed treefrogs, turtles (leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle), crocodiles, the eyelash viper and the common lancehead...

 Terrestrial mammals:  the big tapir, the cougar, the jaguar, the howler monkey, the white-headed capuchin, the sloth...

 Fish and aquatic mammals:  the blue whale, the bottlenose dolphin, the manta ray, the whale shark and the hammerhead shark...

 Insects and arachnids:  the morpho, the mygale, the black widow (one of the most dangerous spiders in the world), the Hercules beetle...

 Plants:  the guanacaste (tree with majestic port, shaped like an open umbrella), the cockspur coral tree (which can reach 229 feet high), the corteza amarilla (Tabebuia ochracea), the flamboyant, the rosewood, the jaracanda... Flowers are also very numerous and of the brightest colors. Among them, orchids are especially in the spotlight, the country has no less than 1,500 species!