If you’re someone who is conscious about caring for the environment and you’re looking for a country where you can relax while in direct contact with nature for your next vacation, your first choice should be Costa Rica. It’s a country that has been classified as one of the most eco-friendly destinations to visit in the world. With a surface area of only 51 thousand square kilometers, this Central American jewel has unspoiled, incomparably beautiful beaches, wonderful landscapes, and activities that contribute to improving the environment.
Besides being known for its spectacular natural beauty, Costa Rica is also known for its design and eco-conscious boutique hotels. Supported by the country’s sustainability policy, an abundant amount of electricity is produced by hydroelectric reserves, which represent a clean source of energy that currently fulfills around 75 percent of the country’s electricity needs.
So, what better place to enjoy your vacation than in a country that’s a leader in ecotourism and sustainability, and that’s conscious about the importance of saving the environment? You can also find the happiest people in the world here. If you still aren’t convinced by what we’ve mentioned so far, here we’ll share some reasons why Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly countries, and why a trip here will help to make the world a little bit greener.
With more than 500,000 animal and plant species living here, Costa Rica represents at least 5% of the world’s biodiversity. This means that there are 615 wild animals per 10,000 square kilometres. That’s impressive, don’t you think?
Currently, it’s estimated that there are more than 10,000 plant and tree species throughout Costa Rica’s territory, which include 1,200 orchid species. More than 35,000 insect species, 160 kinds of amphibians, 220 types of reptiles, 850 bird species, and 205 kinds of mammals live in this glorious country.
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Considering the quantity of species mentioned above, it’s no surprise that animal conservation is significant. Throughout the year, the country’s coastline becomes the nesting place for four different turtle species: the leatherback turtle, the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, and the olive turtle. People work tirelessly to make sure that the beaches are a safe refuge for the mother turtles and their nests.
It’s not only animals contributing to this beautiful country’s biodiversity. The country is divided into 8 biological reserves, 20 natural parks, and a series of protected parks, all of which are home to Costa Rican wildlife that you can admire.
There are lush tropical jungles where you can experience being in direct contact with nature, which may be the best part of all. Some activities you can do here include hiking along different trails, or flying through the sky amid the treetops on a zipline, the choice is yours.
Most countries in the world are still burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, but Costa Rica has moved beyond that thanks to its production of renewable energy, which has made the country a role model worldwide.
Renewable energy, also known as clean energy, is energy produced by natural sources that are found in nature and are available to humans, such as: the wind, the sun, and water. To work in favour of the environment, Costa Rica has focused on using renewable energy since 1994.
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In 2015 and 2016 the most eco-friendly country in the world ran exclusively on renewable energy for a total of 229 days. The country plans to end dependence on carbon entirely by 2021. Keeping in mind that in 2015 Costa Rica was already using 99% renewable energy, there’s no doubt that this plan will be a total success.
Costa Rica has been able to show that conservation and economic growth go hand in hand. Investment in ecotourism has been worth it and has promoted positive development for the environment and the country.
Ecotourism has a minimal impact on the environment, which helps to protect important natural areas while also benefitting the population by helping them to reduce their dependence on other economic activities that can damage nature.
Costa Rica offers outings such as calm walks in national parks, or adventure expeditions like hiking in the rainforest. This country facilitates experiences in direct contact with nature that are adaptable to all fitness levels, tastes, and ages.
Ecotourism in this country is not only limited to activities in nature, but extends to the service provided by hotels, which is totally sustainable, and to the way in which income generated by tourists reaches local populations, and isn’t monopolized by agents. Inhabitants here are also very committed to caring for the environment.
These are the reasons why Costa Rica stands out worldwide as one of the most eco-friendly destinations. Plant life, wildlife, the community’s work, and weather are the essential elements that keep the country aglow with one single colour: green.
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