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Virgin rainforests, active volcanoes and velvet beaches on two oceans. Between the Caribbean and the Pacific, Costa Rica, a real paradise, proves to be one of the leading eco-friendly destinations in the world!
«Pura vida» is an expression that you will surely hear many times from the lips of residents in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” and is used mainly as a greeting and a manifestation of joy or excitement. At the same time, however, it describes the best everyday life in this tiny and unknown-to-many country in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. What if the land did not have the gold which the Spanish explorers expected to find, when they called it the “Rich Coast”? It is rich, in a different way: though a small area, it has tropical forests, more than 15 national parks and protected areas, raging rivers and waterfalls, biodiversity incalculable ecological value and 11 spectacular volcanoes!
Heaven is a place on Earth!
In the early ’70s, the country began to enter the global tourism map in a slow pace. As it doesn’t have any ancient monuments, as its northern neighbors do, the vast majority of visitors was-and continues to be- nature lovers from around the world who come here to study the rich fauna and flora. Dozens of species of plants and animals find shelter and the ideal environment for development in the paradise-like national parks of Costa Rica. On a tour to the tropical jungles you will surely see closely enough a lot of them, like the capuchin, the monkey with white face and many more.
The Costa Ricans have realized that the welfare state is based precisely on this blessing and therefore are very sensitive with regard to preserving the environment. Thus, the luxurious lodges that you may find in the protected areas are made with fully environmentally consciousness and care so as not to disturb the balance of the ecosystem.
By Niko K