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This modern day Eden is home to hundreds of indigenous plants and animals

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The National Parks Costa Rica
By Margot Millier Margot Millier Section editor

Discover The National Parks

Costa Rica has made ecology one of its main priorities: 25% of the land is protected and 5% of the world's biodiversity is represented here. There are 20 national parks, 8 biological reserves, 9 forest reserves, 21 Indian reservations, as well as private protected areas, so there's no need to say that those interested in fauna and flora will get their money's worth here. Here, like nowhere else, nature comes first. There is a rich variety of landscapes with forests, marshes, mangroves, grassed lagoons and grey, black and white beaches. Costa Rica is also home to a wide variety of animals such as sloths, water turtles, crocodiles and jaguars. Essentially, Costa Rica is a modern day Eden.

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The National Parks

A protected environment

In Costa Rica, protected areas represent almost 26% of the land.

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A red-eyed frog

These frogs are found in South America in lowland forests.

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The common squirrel monkey

The common squirrel monkey or Saimiri sciureus lives in trees 30 to 40 metres above the ground.

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The corn snake, The National Parks, Landscapes, Costa Rica
The corn snake

This snake is the most widespread of the snakes in captivity. It can be found in the southeastern United States and northeastern Mexico.

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The sun setting over Costa Rica

For 60 years now, Costa Rica has been following an exemplary policy for the preservation of nature. 'Green tourism' is very important in this country.

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