Tiny Costa Rica has 5% of Earth’s biodiversity, but only 0.1% of the world’s land. In fact, fully 25% of Costa Rica’s land is in protected areas, like national parks and conservation areas. With about 800 different species of birds in Costa Rica, it's a bird-watcher's paradise and any nature lover's dream getaway. Start your week right with this video of early morning in Costa Rica, which showcases the incredible beauty of the country's coastline.
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