Costa Rica is recognized for having one of the largest protected areas in the world due to its efforts to safeguard territory with valuable natural resources. Extraordinarily, 25% of its territory is preserved as national parks, marine parks, biological reserves and other protected wilderness areas.
As mentioned, its privileged geographical position between North and South America has allowed it to be a bridge for many species of animals and plants for thousands of years, hence its wonderful environment.
To give you an example, this small territory is the habitat of 500,000 species of invertebrates, 175 kinds of amphibians (85% of them frogs), 225 types of reptiles, and almost 250 species of mammals (including wild cats like jaguars, ocelots, pumas and jaguarundis, among others). In addition, almost 900 bird species have been counted here, 600 of which are native species; and more than 5 billion birds migrate through the country. For those who love bird watching, Costa Rica is paradise!
Incredibly, five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be found along Costa Rica’s coasts. Moreover, during six to seven months of the year, it is possible to watch whales off the Pacific Coast. For this reason, the country is named the “seventh most important place for whale watching in the world,” according to NatGeo.
This is only part of what can be seen in this country. Without a doubt, you will fully enjoy the wonders of nature in Costa Rica!