More than a quarter of the land area is national parks or protected areas. With this impressive record, Costa Rica is no longer just the most democratic, peaceful and prosperous country in Central America, but also the ecology of the region’s role model.
The fact that tourism has become the main source of income for the country shows how Costa Rica uses its natural capital consistently. Just a few years ago this position was held by the export of bananas and coffee.
But, of course, it is not the banana plantations and coffee fincas, which seem to attract the visitor stream almost magnetically. In fact there are the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, the cloud forests of the Talamanca mountain range, the volcanoes Poás, Irazú and the active arenal with its hot springs in the interior of the country, the canals, river arms and lagoons of the national parks of Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado in the Caribbean flatland Beaches and nature reserves of the Pacific coast, the list of “highlights” could be continued. (read more…)