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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 4,000 species of insects, over 160 species of amphibians, over 220 species of reptiles, more than 1,600 species of fresh and salt water fish, 208 species of mammals, over 9,000 species of plants, cloud forests, rain forests, volcanoes (some still active), mangrove wetlands, one of the top 10 rivers for rafting in the world, some of the best surfing beaches, and so much more!
 

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2. Proximity 
Costa Rica is close to the US and flights normally take no more than 2-8 hours from the main cities in the United States and Canada, as well as being fairly affordable. There are also two international airports which makes visiting different parts of Costa Rica even easier.

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3. The Food
There are hundreds of exotic fruits, vegetables, spices, world class quality coffee, great food from typical casado to ceviches, gourmet and fusion cuisine, etc. Check out one of my favorite recipes: Happy Tico Eggs

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4. Eco-Friendly
Costa Rica is committed to Eco-tourism and doing things right. With over 20 National Parks, 8 biological reserves and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers.

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5. The Weather
Costa Rica has AMAZING weather all year round as there are only have 2 seasons: dry and rainy. The rainy/green season also offers a lot of sunshine, but for those not used to rain, you might enjoy the dry season more. Those who enjoy the rain will love watching a downpour in the jungle, it is quite magical!

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6. Oceans
You can visit the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean in the same day.

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7. Adventure
The country is a natural playground with dozens of adventure activities from zip lining, canyoneering, river rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, surfing, paragliding and many more.

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You'll have to come and experience it for yourself, to truly get why Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and unique places on the planet. Traveling with us not only assures that you will witness first-hand the efforts to conserve our natural resources, but also you will be giving meaningful support to successful conservation projects created by rural communities. Nature provides us with countless social and economic benefits, take advantage of it and find out why Costa Rica is so unique. To learn more about trips to Costa Rica give us a call at 800-345-4453.

Your friendly Costa Rica expert,

Grettel Calderon

 

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