MOUNTAINS AND VOLCANOS
Costa Rica welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world each
year, attracted by the peaceful beauty of this country and its natural
Costa Rica occupies a central spot in the land bridge
that joins North and South America. For millennia, this land bridge
served as a migratory thoroughfare and mating ground for species native
to the once-separate continents. With only O.O3% of the earthīs landmass,
this country is home to 5% of the planetīs biodiversity; and over the
last few years it has taken great strides toward protecting it. Now
about a quarter of the country are protected areas. The entrance fees
to the areas are an important contribution to keep protecting these
unique treasures. Over 35ī000 km of streets and a good net of natural
roads allow you to get to any living space and geografical region.
Many of the volcanos in Costa Rica are still active, allowing visitors
to experience the awe-inspiring sight of steaming fumaroles and intense
lava flows during their stay.
At higher altitudes youīll find Costa Ricaīs famed cloud forest. Here
the steady flow of moist air meets the mountains and creates a nearly
constant mist. The branches of huge trees are draped with epiphytes
- resourceful plants that live cooperatively on the branches and trunks
of other trees - orchids, ferns and bromelias and innumerable other
plants. Be caught by the complete peace of these almost mystic forests.