For many people, Costa Rica represents the truest example of an idyllic rainforest paradise. Packed full of jungle waterfalls, honey-coloured beaches and almost-unreal blue seas, this natural paradise is home to an ecosystem so diverse, it boasts over 10,000 species of plant and around 850 species. Along with these diverse inhabitants, Costa Rica is home to nearly 100 hundred titanic volcanoes, of which only 5 are thought to be active. Many of these can be found in the national parks which dot the Costa Rica Isthmus.
Living alongside this natural beauty is a friendly and welcoming human population with a history tracking back through the height of Spanish colonialism and further into the age of indigenous tribes such as the Nahuatl and Chibcha. These civilisations have left an indelible mark on this beautiful country in the shape of the Costa Rican capital, where tower blocks scrape shoulders with repurposed colonial mansions, and the beach is never too far away.