Believe it or not, even though Costa Rica is a small country and occupies an area of only 51,100 km2 (19,730 square miles), very similar to the size of Denmark, it only represents 0.03% of the earth's surface. But it unbelievably contains almost 6% of the total biodiversity of the world – hence its richness in species of flora and fauna.
Do you know that 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. Just to prove what we are saying, this small territory has almost 900 bird species that have been counted, of which 600 are native species; and more than 5 million birds migrate through the country. 500,000 species of invertebrates, 175 kinds of amphibians (85% of them are frogs), 225 types of reptiles, and almost 250 species of mammals (including wild cats like jaguars, ocelots, pumas and jaguarundis, among others). Would you like to come to this paradise called Costa Rica? Write to our bloggers and they will guide you with very useful tips!
Oh, we forgot to mention, incredible five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be found along Costa Rica’s coasts and as if this wasn´t enough, during six to seven months of the year it is possible to watch whales at the pacific coast. Of course, that is why Nat Geo named this country “seventh most important place for whale watching in the world”!!
Also, the country has excellent air connections with direct flights from USA, Mexico, South America and Europe. Currently around 24 airlines serve Juan Santamaría International Airport with regular non stop flights to more than 36 destinations. The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Guanacaste, is being served by around 12 airlines with regular flights to 17 destinations, including Europe.
Costa Rica is a country that´s living and breating the green of its forests. Today, 25% of the national territory are under the laws of conservation. This proyect started with the creation of the first national parks in the 70s.
The government has driven the tourism sector and the conservation of the environment for which, along with others, the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST) was created. It is awarded by the Costarican Tourism Board (ICT) to companies of this sector that fulfill certain social and environmental requirements, as well as for sustainable development.