extremely popular with the many tourists visiting the extensive
national parks and protected areas around Costa Rica. Costa Rica was
a pioneer in this type of tourism and the country is recognized as one
of the few with real ecotourism. This Central
American hotspot travel destination contains an amazing 5% of the
North and South America, the country is home to abundant plant and
animal life from both continents. The country also
boasts diverse climatic and ecological zones, including tropical
coastal areas and rain forests, saltwater marshes, fertile farming
areas, sub-alpine regions, mountains up to 12,000 feet and active
volcanoes. To preserve its rich natural legacy, Costa Rica has set
aside significant territory for national parks, biological and forest
reserves, and wildlife refuges.
of the tropics are among the most diverse and complex in the world.
Research topics in tropical biology and ecology range from regeneration
of subalpine vegetation in mountain regions to habitats of wildlife
species. Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is the fourth most
important nesting beach in the world for Leatherback sea turtles, a
critically endangered species.