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Home to an astonishing abundance of tropical flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a mecca for ecologically minded families, romantics, and active travelers. You’ll be amazed traveling through this tropical wonderland of active volcanoes, hidden beaches and waterfalls, rainforests and cloud forests. Full of rare and exotic wildlife, you’ll have the...

Home to an astonishing abundance of tropical flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a mecca for ecologically minded families, romantics, and active travelers. You’ll be amazed traveling through this tropical wonderland of active volcanoes, hidden beaches and waterfalls, rainforests and cloud forests. Full of rare and exotic wildlife, you’ll have the opportunity to spot wildlife from monkeys to macaws and sea turtles to toucans. Our fun, friendly and experienced local naturalist guides will help you create meaningful connections with local ticos visiting farms, families and small villages.

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What Makes Costa Rica Unique?

tree-frog-costa-rica Why is Costa Rica so special?
Costa Rica is an extraordinary country located in the Central American Isthmus, therefore the country has functioned as a bridge in the exchange of wildlife species between the continental masses of North and South America. There are very few places on earth that have as much diversity as Costa Rica, especially for the size of the country. Here are 7 reasons why Costa Rica is so exceptional: 1. Biodiversity One morning in the Corcovado National Park at the Sirena Ranger Station, I observed tapirs (mom and calf), two anteaters, a family of coati, a family of peccaries, a sloth, three species of monkeys, tons of birds, insects, butterflies and the following morning a puma female with her two cubs and that is only the tip of the iceberg! Costa Rica has over 1,000 species of butterflies, over 1,200 varieties of orchids. over 850 species of birds, more than 130 species of freshwater fish, more that...
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Why is Costa Rica is the Happiest Country in the World?

costa-rica-happiest-country-in-the-world Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida!
Hola, my name is Grettel and I am Wildland Adventures Costa Rica Program Director. Costa Rica is a great place to visit and to live year round. I love this tiny country and feel truly blessed for being born a Tica. Costa Rica is a perfect hideaway for EVERYONE! From family travel with young children and teenagers to couples looking for a romantic getaway, to young adults looking for active adventures and even seniors in search of a more relaxed vacation. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will  truly enjoy everything from a single cutter ant carrying a leaf to facing a puma in the jungle. Costa Rica is also a paradise for those looking to get a little "pampered" on their vacation and to recharge their body and mind. What better place to do yoga, meditation or visit a world class spas? There truly is something for everyone here!I could write a book...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog Grettel, I need to get down to Costa Rica an experience Pura Vida!
Friday, 26 October 2012 10:13
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Costa Rica: How to see Whales and Dolphins

humpback_Whale Dolphins and whales are always a highlight of Costa Rica
Costa Rica enjoys one of the most biologically diverse ocean ecosystems in the world. This is mainly because the heart of this vast habitat is known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome (named for its proximity to this country) lies here. Shallow warm waters lie on top of low-oxygen cold water, creating the perfect ecosystem for a vast variety of marine life. Whales (orcas, pilot, humpbacks, beaked, brydes), dolphins, tuna, marlin, manta rays, sea turtles, sailfish and more, congregate in this area taking advantage of the rich waters year-round. The humpback whales visit us from two separate hemispheres, giving us the longest humpback season in the world. The great whales come to our warm protected waters from December to April from Alaska and again between August and the end of November from Antarctica. It’s easy to spot humpback whales since they live at the ocean’s surface, both in the open ocean...
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In Pursuit of Pumas - An Osa Peninsula Adventure in Costa Rica

costa-rica-pumafb Costa Rica's elusive Puma
OSA PENINSULA WILDLAND ADVENTURE   Written by Costa Rica Program Director Grettel Calderon    As a native Costa Rican who has traveled all over every corner of my country, I can say with conviction that Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is the most remote, wild and spectacular region of Costa Rica, with the greatest amount of biodiversity in an already very diverse country. The diminutive Osa Peninsula is host to almost half of Costa Rica's 860+ species of birds (that is almost 5% of the world's species!), 140 species of mammals, and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. Almost 750 species of trees have been catalogued in the area, more trees than in all of the North temperate regions of the world combined. My recent inspection trip followed our Osa Peninsula Wildland Adventure itinerary and after I experienced it first hand, it quickly became one of my favorite Wildland journeys in...
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