Super tourist-friendly, this Central American heaven-on-earth is on the way to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral and plastic-free country! Costa Rica made money from protecting nature rather than destroying it and is home to 5% of our world’s biodiversity.

This magical place between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean sea to the east has lakes, lowland rainforests, tropical dry forests, highland cloud forests, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs.

This diversified habitat makes it easy for unique biodiversity to sustain and thrive. Let’s not forget about mystical volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, and sandy beaches — no wonder they shot scenes of Jurassic Park there.

National parks like Corcovado, Tortuguero, and Manuel Antonio (many more) provide an unforgettable experience to witness many unique species in their natural habitat. There are also beautiful resorts to enjoy a comfortable vacation accompanied by beautiful birds and animals.

Over half a million wildlife species, including 240 mammals, 900 birds, 215 amphibians, and 245 reptiles, are protected in Costa Rica. Moreover, Costa Rica shelters about 6,700 marine animals in its territorial waters — 574,000 square km (220,000 square miles). No wonder why the laid-back local people, “Ticos,” live by the phrase “Pura Vida” – Pure life!