Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage

July 6th, 2010 by Smithsonian Journeys


The red-eyed tree frog makes its home in Costa Rica’s protected jungles. Photo: Lauren Wentz-Middleton

Costa Rica is growing more popular as a travel destination for it’s beaches, wildlife, and eco-tourism opportunities. Tiny Costa Rica has 5% of Earth’s biodiversity, but only 0.1% of the world’s land. In fact, there are about 800 different species of birds in Costa Rica. It’s the greenest country in the world, with the number one spot on the Happy Planet Index. One reason for this is that Costa Rica’s government and its people have made environmental stewardship a top priority. In fact, 25% of the country’s land is protected in national parks and conservation areas.

Our new Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage tour embraces this environmental spirit by treating travelers to eco-friendly accommodations designed to blend into Costa Rica’s beautiful setting and embrace its native cuisine while making less of an impact on natural resources. Our adventure also includes visits to Poas and Arenal volcanoes and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a chance to visit with children at a local elementary school, and much, much  more.

What are you doing to help the environment? Please share.

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2 Responses to “Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage”

  1. John A Says:

    I have just booked the March 2011 Costa Rica Natural Heritage tour including the 3-day extension to Tortaguero. I can honestly say as a very seasoned traveler that I have never been as excited about a trip! The Smithsonian Journeys staff is just the BEST and the whole process was slick and smooth.
    These tours are admittedly not inexpensive – although when the quality of the educational experience is factored in, along with the first rate accommodations and tour itinerary, the additional cost seems well worth it.
    I am counting the days now!

  2. Smithsonian Journeys Says:

    @John A – thanks for your comments! We hope you have a great time in Costa Rica. I hope you’ll share your experience with us when you return. Happy travels!

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