Nature and Ecotourism
Costa Rica protects over 30% of its territory in national parks, wildlife refuges, biological stations, and private reserves; these natural sanctuaries represent 5% of the world´s biodiversity, most of them are easy to access and offer visitor services inside the parks and in the surrounding areas.
Ecotourism not only aims to captivate tourists with beautiful natural treasures but also involves interpretation and education features regarding the importance of protecting the natural resources and their habitats.
While nature walks are, a great introduction to a new world dominated by incepts, mammals, and reptiles, most of the life in the rainforest occurs above the forest floor, in the canopy, where each level supports its plants and animal life. A tamer way to explore the upper elevations of the forest is on a canopy walk over hanging bridges suspended nearly 200 feet above the forest floor.
Another option that perfectly fits the whole family is the float trips and boat excursions. The calm waters of the waterways, lakes, and rivers offer the perfect setting to observe wildlife from other perspectives or even at the ocean searching for Whales and funny dolphins complete the picture.
Birding in Costa Rica has long been famous among serious bird watchers, with more than 875 birds recorded from the tinny hummingbird to the colored Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, and Quetzals.
Night tours will take you into the deepness of the jungle right after the sunset, the specific moment when the darkness reveals the magical world of thousands of creatures.