Costa Rica: A paradise for eco-tourists
Costa Rica is one of the most diverse countries in the world, in terms of of plant and animal species. It is a small country, being about 51,100 square kilometres, However, owing its location in Central America, only a few degrees north of the Equator, possessing an Atlantic and Pacific coastline and a mountainous central region, it is very diverse geographically.
National Geographic calls Costa Rica "the most biologically intense place on Earth". There are more than 500,000 plant and animal species in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is most famous for its butterflies and sea turtles. Crocodiles, toucans, kingfishers, lizards and many other animal bird species are also to be found in Costa Rica's national parks.
There many ways of seeing Costa Rica. Nature tours, trekking, kayaking, horse riding as well as tours which incorporate diving and snorkelling are all wonderful ways of seeing the country and taking in its amazing natural beauty.
(from Costa Rica: 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', The Guardian)