Why is Costa Rica the most sought after destination in Central America? Convenience is certainly a factor; flights to San José are just five hours from New York and under four hours from many other US gateways. But the country's most compelling charms may be its temperate climate, friendly residents and geographic variety.
Costa Rica resembles a continent in miniature: two coastlines, four mountain ranges, dozens of rivers, forests and wide savannahs are compressed into an area smaller than West Virginia. Such concentrated variety allows travelers to combine destinations; a volcano, a rainforest and a beach can be included in the same itinerary without difficulty. Other highlights include hot springs, waterfalls, reefs and islands.
These diverse biomes have attracted visitors for eons. Ancestor species crossing the land bridge settled in, and today Costa Rica is astonishingly biodiverse. With only 0.03% of the planet's landmass, this tiny nation contains an estimated 5% of the world's species. Taxonomy is a minor national pastime. Citizens submit their finds to the National Biodiversity Institute, discovering one new species every three days. To preserve these natural treasures, nearly 2.9 million acres—over 25% of the country's territory—are protected as national parks and reserves.
Options for enjoying Costa Rica's wild areas are just as diverse. Active pursuits such as white-water rafting, surfing and zip-line tours can be blended into a trip with sunset sailing, forest walks and whale watching.
Variety is also expressed in Costa Rica's assortment of boutique hotels and lodges—a collection unparalleled in Central America. We travel regularly to Costa Rica, inspecting these properties, discovering vacation options and sampling activities.
Mosaico Travel Services plans itineraries and arranges travel throughout Costa Rica and its neighbor nations. Contact us at 801.582.2100 for more information.
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