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Situated on the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica is a small country with a big reputation.

Bordered by the North Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, its name derives from the Spanish for ^rich coast^ and it is indeed one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world. Around 200 species of mammals, 350 reptiles and amphibians, 850 birds, 10,000 plants and 40,000 species of insect inhabit its varied landscape of tropical rainforests, cloud forests, pristine beaches, mangroves, volcanoes and hot springs.

Roughly one quarter of Costa Rica's land area is protected, a greater percentage than any other country in the world, and its dedicated approach to environmental performance has earned it a reputation as the birthplace of ecotourism.
Aerial view of tropical rainforest canopy with mist and yellow flowering tree (Tabebuia sp), Corcovado NP, Costa Rica. Filmed for BBC Planet Earth series.  -  Huw Cordey
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Huw Cordey / Aerial view of tropical rainforest canopy with mist and yellow flowering tree (Tabebuia sp), Corcovado NP, Costa Rica. Filmed for BBC Planet Earth series.
Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait, Costa Rica, Captive  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait, Costa Rica, Captive
Keel billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Keel billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), Costa Rica
Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas)  Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Costa Rica
Lava flows from errupting Arenal volcano at night. Costa Rica  -  Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Lava flows from errupting Arenal volcano at night. Costa Rica
Silhouette of Black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) standing in tree, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Silhouette of Black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) standing in tree, Costa Rica
Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris) close up, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris) close up, Costa Rica
Green crowned brilliant hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula), Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Green crowned brilliant hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula), Costa Rica
Tropical cloudforest, Santa Elena Reserve, Costa Rica  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Tropical cloudforest, Santa Elena Reserve, Costa Rica
RF- Glasswing butterfly (Greta oto), Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / RF- Glasswing butterfly (Greta oto), Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Eyelash viper in threat display (Bothriechis schlegli) Costa Rica, captive  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Eyelash viper in threat display (Bothriechis schlegli) Costa Rica, captive
White / Tent making bat roosting, Costa Rica (Ectophylla alba) Atlantic rainforest  -  TIM MARTIN
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TIM MARTIN / White / Tent making bat roosting, Costa Rica (Ectophylla alba) Atlantic rainforest
Waterfall in rainforest, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Waterfall in rainforest, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
Little waterfall in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Little waterfall in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
River running through tropical rainforest, Rara Avis, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / River running through tropical rainforest, Rara Avis, Costa Rica
Tourists travelling by boat in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Tourists travelling by boat in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Strawberry poison arrow frog {Dendrobates pumilio} Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Strawberry poison arrow frog {Dendrobates pumilio} Costa Rica
Strawberry poison dart / arrow frog (Dendrobates pumilio) on leaf, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Strawberry poison dart / arrow frog (Dendrobates pumilio) on leaf, Costa Rica
Ghost glass frog (Centrolenella ilex) portrait, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Ghost glass frog (Centrolenella ilex) portrait, Costa Rica
Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) portrait, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) portrait, Costa Rica
Stream in tropical rainforest. Costa Rica, Central America  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Stream in tropical rainforest. Costa Rica, Central America
Tropical rainforest / cloud forest scenic, Monteverde National Park, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Tropical rainforest / cloud forest scenic, Monteverde National Park, Costa Rica
View of the rainforest, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / View of the rainforest, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
Tourists travelling by boat on river through rainforest, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Tourists travelling by boat on river through rainforest, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Tropical rainforest with stream, Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica  -  Juan Manuel Borrero
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Juan Manuel Borrero / Tropical rainforest with stream, Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica
Spiral Ginger flower (Costus pulverulentus) in the rainforest, Monteverde Nature Reserve, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Spiral Ginger flower (Costus pulverulentus) in the rainforest, Monteverde Nature Reserve, Costa Rica
Foot of giant tree in the rainforest, Santa Elena Nature Reserve, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Foot of giant tree in the rainforest, Santa Elena Nature Reserve, Costa Rica
Birdwatching from skywalk in rainforest, Monteverde NP, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Birdwatching from skywalk in rainforest, Monteverde NP, Costa Rica
Glass-wing Butterflies mating {Greta oto} Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Glass-wing Butterflies mating {Greta oto} Costa Rica
Common / Blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides) on leaf, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Common / Blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides) on leaf, Costa Rica
Banded orange heliconian butterfly (Dryadula heliconius), Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Banded orange heliconian butterfly (Dryadula heliconius), Costa Rica
Owl butterfly (Caligo memnon) on wood, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Owl butterfly (Caligo memnon) on wood, Costa Rica
Wild Puma (Felis concolor), Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Wild Puma (Felis concolor), Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica
Violet Sabrewing {Campylopterus hemileucurus} male feeding on Spiral Ginger flower (Costus Pulverulentus), Central Valley, Costa Rica  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Violet Sabrewing {Campylopterus hemileucurus} male feeding on Spiral Ginger flower (Costus Pulverulentus), Central Valley, Costa Rica
Coppery-headed Emerald, Elvira cupreiceps, male in flight feeding on Shrimp plant(Acanthaceae), Central Valley, Costa Rica, Central America, December 2006  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Coppery-headed Emerald, Elvira cupreiceps, male in flight feeding on Shrimp plant(Acanthaceae), Central Valley, Costa Rica, Central America, December 2006
Cicada {Cicada sp.} close-up on branch in forest, Carara NP, Costa Rica.  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Cicada {Cicada sp.} close-up on branch in forest, Carara NP, Costa Rica.
Aerial view of 'canal' and Caribbean coastline, Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica, Central America 2006  -  Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Aerial view of 'canal' and Caribbean coastline, Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica, Central America 2006
Beach on Nicoya peninsula with fringing palm trees, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Beach on Nicoya peninsula with fringing palm trees, Costa Rica
Playa Carillo, nr Sumara, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Playa Carillo, nr Sumara, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Coconut washed ashore on beach of Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Coconut washed ashore on beach of Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Relaxing on the beach, Playa Carillo, nr Sumara, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Relaxing on the beach, Playa Carillo, nr Sumara, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Spiny iguana {Ctenosaura similis} on rock, with beach in background, Costa Rica.  -  JIM CLARE
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JIM CLARE / Spiny iguana {Ctenosaura similis} on rock, with beach in background, Costa Rica.
Female Olive Ridley turtles coming ashore to lay eggs at sunset {Lepidochelys olivacea} Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean ~(Non-ex).  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Female Olive Ridley turtles coming ashore to lay eggs at sunset {Lepidochelys olivacea} Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean ~(Non-ex).
Ghost crab (Ocypode sp.) entering burrow, pacific coast, Costa Rica  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Ghost crab (Ocypode sp.) entering burrow, pacific coast, Costa Rica
Olive ridley turtle returns to sea at dawn. Costa Rica {Lepidochelys olivacea}  -  Ben Osborne
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Ben Osborne / Olive ridley turtle returns to sea at dawn. Costa Rica {Lepidochelys olivacea}
Beware of Crocodiles sign, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacasate, Costa Rica  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Beware of Crocodiles sign, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacasate, Costa Rica
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) in shallow water, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) in shallow water, Costa Rica
Spectacled Caiman {Caiman crocodilus} head above water, Costa Rica  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Spectacled Caiman {Caiman crocodilus} head above water, Costa Rica
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