In 1502, Christopher Columbus first spied the densely forested coastline of a land he named Costa Rica (Rich Coast). Although resulting from the mistaken belief that there was abundant gold to be found, that name aptly applies to the richness of Costa Rica’s extraordinary natural history.
With the highest biodiversity of any nation its size, this small section of the Central American isthmus boasts two dramatic coasts, Pacific and Caribbean, between which runs a spectacular volcanic mountain chain.
Costa Rica’s astonishing variety of habitats contain a fantastical array of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and invertebrate species, and the two coasts boast beautiful beaches, huge mangroves and extensive offshore waters teeming with marine life.
Coupled with friendly people, a wide range of excellent accommodation, well trained guides, exemplary service and sound infrastructure, Costa Rica amply satisfies the highest of natural history holiday expectations.