Tropical, mountainous Costa Rica is known for many things. Dazzling biodiversity in its treasure trove of animals, birds, fish, and plant species, for one; this is where you’ll see glossy toucans perched in the trees and graceful macaws, scarlet against the bottle green of the rainforest.
Eco-adventures—hiking, white water rafting, river tubing, snorkeling—are another reason to visit. Then there are long, glorious beaches, cloud forests draped in ethereal mist, smoldering volcanoes, and high-altitude coffee plantations.
Above all, Costa Rica is known for its welcoming, happy people, “Ticos”, who appreciate the bounty among which they live and work hard to conserve it.