Celebrating the fact that it is home to 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is currently the star attraction at Kew Gardens’ annual orchid festival – which has returned for the first time in two years (on until Sunday 6 March with timed entries).
Costa Rica’s pristine ‘Shark Island’ now a massive marine reserve; Sarah Gibbens; National Geographic
Three times the size of the country’s mainland, the reserve’s abundance of sharks, whales, turtles, and other marine life has been described as an “underwater Jurassic Park.”
With rugged landscapes and creatures big and small, it’s no wonder divers are drawn to Costa Rica’s Isla Del Coco.
Living in northwestern England with his family, Robert Puschendorf (’98, Costa Rica) works as a lecturer and coordinator of the biological conservation program at Plymouth University. He credits EARTH University with cultivating his deep interest in biology and thus connecting him to the discipline that would guide his career and life’s research.
La Amistad International Park is one of the special corners of the world with a peculiar charm and where you can see incredible panoramic views of natural beauty like no other. This park was declared by UNESCO, a world heritage site and biosphere reserve, a spectacular territory of approximately 200,000ha, is located in the Talamanca…
La Amistad International Park (PILA) is located in the Cordillera de Talamanca, about 280 kilometers (km) from San José, the capital of Costa Rica; it covers part of the national territory and continues south to the east of the Republic of Panama. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1982 and the World…
Cocos Island in Costa Rica is a scuba diving wonderland. In addition to being one of the best shark diving destinations in the world, it’s also a haven for all sorts of pelagic species. But this remote island has even more to offer. This paradise is located 342 miles from the Costa Rican mainland.
Exploring Costa Rica’s Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Kelly Phillips Badal; Luxury Retreats
This teeny Central American country has an abundance of natural beauty—and four wildly diverse World Heritage sites.
Its landmass rings in smaller than West Virginia, but this Central American country has an abundance of natural beauty—and four diverse World Heritage sites.
When the recent World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked 136 countries according to the natural resources they possess—including their number of World Heritage natural sites, protected areas and species—tiny Costa Rica swooped in at number 3 (Brazil and Mexico took spots one and two). But it’s no real surprise: this lush, peaceful paradise, whose name translates to “rich coast,” is awash in verdant rainforests, cloud forests, cerulean waters, volcanoes, and wildlife galore.
Cocos Island deserves its reputation as one of the best diving destinations in the world. Situated 342 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, this remote volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since reaching the island takes over 30 hours by boat, the best way to discover the destination is with a Cocos Island liveaboard. The island is a haven for pelagic fish, most notably schools of hammerhead sharks. The area is rich in underwater pinnacles and seamounts and boasts colorful, healthy coral reefs. Diving with a liveaboard boat at Cocos Island is an unforgettable experience.
Revealing Cocos Island’s Wild Side Aboard Okeanos Aggressor II Liveaboard; Mary Frances Emmons; Sport Diver
See hammerhead aggregations, whale sharks and devil rays off Cocos Island aboard the Okeanos Aggressor scuba diving liveaboard.
These World Heritage Sites are places on Earth with outstanding universal value to humanity.
Scientists and Recreational Scuba Divers Are Working to Protect the Spectacular Marine Life in the Waters Around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island…
Source: An Underwater Serengeti