Costa Rica is without doubt, a natural wonderland. With over 25% of its land mass under the protection of a system of national parks and reserves.
Costa Rica is without doubt, a natural wonderland. With over 25% of its land mass under the protection of a system of national parks and reserves, the country has managed to protect a larger proportion of its lush and beautiful environs from logging and deforestation than any other country in the world. The large network of Costa Rica’s national parks, wildlife refuges and reserves are estimated to protect 75% of all Costa Rica’s distinctive and diverse species, and their natural habitats, including species that have all but disappeared in neighbouring countries.
On the whole, access to the natural parks in Costa Rica and their facilities are easy, as long as visitors respect the need to preserve and protect their surroundings. They are ideal places for a variety of outdoor adventures, from hiking, white water rafting, bird watching to stunning canopy tours.
Some of the most popular national parks in Costa Rica include, the Las Baulas National Marine Park – where millions of Leatherback turtles nest; the Arenal Volcano National Park- home to the country’s most volatile and active volcano; and the Barra Honda National Park, full of fascinating limestone caves.
For those who prefer a different kind of park, perhaps with a little more thrill seeking involved, there is an array of theme parks and water parks in Costa Rica as well. Whilst they may not cover 25% of the country’s territory and their waterfalls may be artificial, they still promise to be a great day out!