One of the highlights in Costa Rica is definitely exploring the dense virgin forests with the abundance of flora and fauna. Costa Rica's geographic location favors the emergence of tropical rainforests and transforms the small country into a paradise for animal and plant enthusiasts. About half of Costa Rica's territory is covered by forests and virgin forests. About 27% of the area is protected by national parks, biological reserves and nature reserves. Furthermore, the country is successfully promoting ecotourism for the protection of the virgin forests.
In Costa Rica's virgin forests, there is an incredible variety of animal and plant species. About 500,000 different species are said to live in the small country. More than half of them are insects. There are also 249 mammalian, 183 amphibian and more than 900 bird species. In the plant world, almost 11,500 species are counted.
One of the most diverse areas in Costa Rica is the Corcovado National Park in the South Pacific. The park is home to about 2% of the planet's biodiversity and awaits you with a real jungle experience. Other national parks with primary or secondary forest and a rich animal and plant heritage are Manuel Antonio National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Cahuita National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Rincón de la Vieja National Park and Carara National Park.