Costa Rica has 145 nature reserves, of which 28 are National Parks. The other protected areas fall into different categories such as the Wildlife Refuges. The nature reserves protect 30% of the country. This makes Costa Rica one of the top Latin American countries when it comes to preserving nature.
It is one of the 20 countries with the largest biodiversity in the world. Most of the 500,000 species of plants and animals that live and grow represent about 4% of the total of all species worldwide.
The UNESCO declared nature parks La Amistad, Coco island and Aérea de Conservación Guanacaste as World Heritage. Some well-known nature reserves for tourists are Corcovado (protected rainforest and wildlife), Tortuguero (sea turtles and mangrove forests) Caño Negro (lowlands, swamps and nesting ground for birds), Chirripó (high mountains), Manuel Antonio (beaches and wildlife), Marino Ballena (whales, breeding ground, coastal area and sea waters) and the volcanoes Arenal, Irazú, Poás, Tenorio and Rincón de la Vieja. Into Nature offers through our routes the possibility to visit the most beautiful natural areas of the country.