Costa Rica boasts 500,000 different species of animal (60% of which are insects). Yet this small nation — roughly the size of West Virginia — has become just as well known for pristine tropical beaches and smoldering volcanos. The influx of tourists craving eco-adventures has had a profound impact on the country. We first visited in 2002, and didn’t return until 2015. We may never go back after what happened (read more about that here), but one thing hadn’t changed in those 13 years: the ability to easily witness tropical wildlife in their native habitat is unmatched in the Americas.
This portfolio begins with a video of the trip. Use the advance arrows to see images from Manuel Antonio National Park, Poas Volcano National Park, and the La Paz Waterfall Garden.