Costa Rica’s territory extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and its distance is 200 miles. The varieties of landscapes and microclimates that can be enjoyed in a single day make this Costa Rica a distinct and desirable destination. In Costa Rica, a traveler can find: sun and beach, adventure, nature and culture –that can certainly fulfill the tastes of all kinds of travelers. Costa Rica is a perfect vacation spot, which offers everything any traveler could ever want combined with nature, and the kindness of its genuine people.
With natural beautiful landscapes, it is one of the most visited destinations in Central America by lovers of natural adventures and ecotourism, a term that was created in Costa Rica. Mountains, valleys, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, caves, forests, national parks, mineral springs, thermal waters, and several species of fauna and flora are some of the natural things visitors can enjoy while visiting Costa Rica.Twenty-six percent of the country is protected and due to the richness of fauna, the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (National System of Conservation Areas) preserves Wildlife Areas and National Parks of the country, in order to preserve natural resources; life sources that ultimately produce tourism.In the link below you can find information about Costa Rica’s Wildlife Areas and National Parks: http://www.sinac.go.cr/AC/ASP/Paginas/ListaASP.aspx
Additionally, Costa Rica is a cornerstone of sustainable tourism –an economic activity where the environment is utmost respected, thus causing the minimum impact possible while maintaining a positive social and cultural environment in the country. In 1997, Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (The Costa Rican Tourism Board -ICT) implemented the Certificación para la Sostenibilidad Turística (Certification for Sustainable Tourism program) –a standard recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as a pioneer program that has transformed the way to enjoy tourism. Each day, more accommodation companies, tour operators, car rentals, and theme parks, continue to show their commitment to sustainable management, through specific activities such as the improving waste management, using the most out its resources, making their own efforts to protect the environment, while respecting local culture, and contributing to the communities they belong to.
The sustainable tourism development model is the hallmark positioning of Costa Rica as a destination. All of the country’s initiatives are built around the social and economic development, and the preservation of the country ́s cultural and natural richness. According to the World Economic Forum, Costa Rica ranked 47th in the world and third at the Latin American level in the Tourist Competiveness Index rating 2013.