If we were standing with our heads up and our eyes wide open, gazing up and not down to the ground, we would certainly enjoy much more of the beautiful things in Costa Rica.
Foreigners come here to enjoy natural beauties that disappeared from Europe 65 million years ago.
Jay Packer, from Texas, has visited 21 countries in 6 continents.
None compares to Costa Rica […] The amount of birds is impressive. The plants are lush. Trees up to 80 meters high take your breath away. The different shades of green are unique,”
Besides, I like the people and the food.”
Deepak Ramineedi came with his wife Manasa Madala from India. The parents of a six-month-old baby love the Costa Rican rainforest and lots of beautiful birds.
The most talkative of interviewed tourist is called Dominique Grandgarge, born in Besanzon, France, the birthplace of the famous poet, writer and novelist Victor Hugo.
We are happy here,”
said Grandgarge in the company of his wife Michelle.
We are very fond of the way people treat us here. They are very kind, always saying good morning, excuse us, what can we offer you?, happy to help, good night… Same as in France.”
For Jay, Deepak and Manasa, the natural beauties, the climate, the amount of birds and plants stand out, as well as the water springs, the giant trees, the waterfalls, the paths, the sunsets, the sunrises…
Costa Rica is home to more than 500 thousand species, representing almost 4% of the estimated total species worldwide. Tihis is one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity on planet earth. Of these 500 thousand species, a little more than 300 thousand are insects.
There are 231 species of mammals and 894 species of birds in this territory (including Cocos Island), more than all species in the United States and Canada combined. More than 600 Costa Rican species are permanent residents, and more than 200 are migratory.
This country is also home to about 175 amphibians, 85% of which are frogs. At least 127 species of freshwater fish have been reported in inland waters. There are about 1,251 species of daytime butterflies and at least 8,000 species of night butterflies.
Tourism here generates US $3.5 billion a year.