Few nations on earth have equaled Costa Ricaís devotion to the preservation of its natural environment. Considering the unique biodiversity of the Costa Rican landscape, it is readily apparent why the natural treasures of this land are so highly valued. Over one quarter of Costa Ricaís land is government protected, thus ensuring that its rare flora and fauna remain free from the threat of human encroachment. This meticulous respect for environmental preservation has made Costa Rica a popular destination for ecotourism.
Costa Ricaís interior consists of four mountain ranges, sandwiched between beaches that line its coasts. The climate is tropical year-round. Costa Rica tempts outdoor lovers with the chance to fish, raft, hike and surf in exotic surroundings. Adventurous tourists can opt for a canopy tour, climbing into the treetops, dangling from a cable and swinging through the forestís leafy heights. If the outdoor action leaves one wearily longing for a soft mattress, the cosmopolitan city of San Jose offers respite from the wild side. A bevy of accommodation and dining venues, from the eclectic to the elegant, are available in this modern capital city, and shoppers can spend to their heartís content at the Mercado Central.