Rio Aguajitas
Rio Aguajitas © Trish Hartmann

Gorgeous Costa Rica is known for its spectacular natural beauty and biodiversity, and contains 15 different ecosystems. All enjoy dramatic changes in landscapes, climate, and nature, with magnificent beaches stretching for miles along unspoilt coastline. Pristine cloud forests high on the mountains are alive with mysterious sounds while below splendid rainforests are packed with life.

The country is famous for its progressive approach to conservation. Indeed, it is the prime eco-tourism destination in Central America due to its wealth of protected areas. Over 25 percent of the country consists of these regions, spread between 75 different national parks, wildlife refuges, and biological reserves.

In such a small geographical area, it is surprising how much there is to see and do. A holiday in Costa Rica offers activities to suit all travellers and any mood, from action to relaxation. These include surfing, snorkelling, sunbathing, horse riding, hiking, wildlife-spotting, deep sea fishing, and river cruises. Alternatively, one can also simply enjoy a soak in the hot springs.