'Paradise on earth' in Costa Rica

10th Apr 2013

Costa Rica has been described as 'paradise on earth', and with its untouched forest, beautiful beaches and variety of wildlife, it isn't hard to see why.

The slither of land in Central America sits between Panama and Nicaragua and has a very small carbon footprint.

Experts say it's one of the greenest and most-ethical destinations on earth and has a reputation of being the among the happiest countries.

In the landscape of Costa Rica, tourists and locals alike can appreciate the country's forests, beaches, waterfalls and grasslands.

And living in the natural habitats are toucans, monkeys, giant butterflies, tree frogs, reptiles, sloths and an array of cute mammals.

With about 10,000 plant and tree species, the country is the perfect place for birds, and there are about 950 indigenous and migrant birds, along with 205 species of mammal.

More than 35,000 insect species have made their homes in the country, along with 160 amphibian species and 220 species of reptile - making this a great place for wildlife lovers to holiday.

For those who love nature, a visit to Costa Rica would be a dream come true.

With 25% of the country's lands designated protective parks and reserves over the past 40 years, there are 27 national parks in Costa Rica, along with 32 protected zones, 58 wildlife refuges, 11 forest reserves, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, eight biological reserves and 12 other conservation regions.

A combination of the incredible jungle and luxury beaches, along with hot spring pools means Costa Rica is deserving of its 'paradise on earth' label.

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