Costa Rica means “rich coast” in Spanish and is a country in Central America. Costa Rica has only 51.100km2. However it contains nearly 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Its natural wealth, both in species and ecosystems, is partly explained by its geographical position. Costa Rica has served as a bridge of countless species of animals and plants for thousands of years. Bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast, the Caribbean See to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
The system of National Parks and Reserves covers an area of 1342 hectares or 25.6% of its land area. These areas include islands and beaches, rain forests and dry, active volcanoes, hot springs, caves, river canyons and waterfalls. This biological heritage, the product of millions of years of evolution, presents us as spectacle of a nature not processed and undomesticated.