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Flora & Fauna

For a small country, Costa Rica has a large diversity of flora and fauna that inhabit the lush land. At an estimated number of 850, there are more birds than any other animal species within the borders. As for the others, there are more than 200 species of mammal, almost 200 species of amphibians and 220 species of reptile that walk, crawl, hop and slither across the region. In Costa Rica, you don┬┤t have to pick and choose places in particular to see most of the fauna since the land thrives with hundreds of them in almost any spot. However, local guides are plentiful and can take you to the best areas to see the animals in their natural environment surrounded by all types of plants and trees.

Birdwatching underneath a canopy of trees is especially a favorite tourist activity in habitats such as Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Monteverde cloudforest, the Talamanca mountainous region and the Osa Peninsula rainforest. During mating season, a tour along the Atlantic or Pacific coast will allow you to observe the egg laying ritual of sea turtles on the beach.

Hiking and trekking through the vivid environments will allow you to see some of its organic nature. Roughly 800 types of fern are located in Costa Rica, more than the whole of North America and Mexico. One of the trademark images is the ┬Ębird of paradise┬Ę plant because of its vibrant colors that are distinctive against all the shades of green and also because they resemble an in-flight hummingbird. Most of the flora in Costa Rica have creative names, for example Blood of Christ and Hot Lips. Besides their color, the plants produce scents, technically for mating reasons, but ones that can be appreciated by any human nose.

The country┬┤s slogan Pura Vida, which translates to Pure Life, is evident in the raw beauty of its flora and fauna that is increasingly attracting tourists interested in ecotourism.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Herrera Botanical Gardens and Conservation Project, Wildlife and Wildlife Watching.

By Allison Carlton

I am. a traveling bard. a word warrior. who is. pursuing a search. a mission. an adventure. a quest. a voyage. a journey....

11 Oct 2010

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