An activity holiday in Costa Rica introduces you to a fascinating country of extremes - it covers just 0.03% of the world's surface but it accounts for 6% of its biodiversity. Costa Rica is a land where cloud forest, volcanoes, mangrove swamps and coffee fields stand side by side, and where thousands of plant species and over 850 different birds share space with animals that have evolved nowhere else in the world like agoutis (type of guinea pig) and dantas (huge tapirs).
On a holiday in Costa Rica you'll also discover the kindness of its people. The Spanish conquerors never established sugar plantations here as they did elsewhere in Latin America, so Costa Rica remained a network of villages, free from the colonial slave trade. Costa Ricans are a peace loving people, passionate about nature. You'll find them sharing a coffee in the friendly village cafes, or taking a stroll in the bougainvillea decked squares.
To judge Costa Rica purely on its natural bounty would be a mistake. Costa Ricans, known as Ticos, are warm, friendly people whose kindness is as integral to their country as the rainforest.