COSTA RICA GUIDES AND DIRECTORIES
Usually before one journeys into foreign country, one seeks as much information as possible, so their trip is not full of surprises. One of the best resourses are guides, maps, and directories (as ticotimes.com is). Costa Rica offers plenty of resources to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Directories and guides help especially if you're interested in nature and outdoor activities. In the past 10 years, the number of visitors has quadrupled, and tourism has become a big part of the nation's economy. Costa Rica is practically synonymous with ecotourism -- travel that incorporates education about the environment and promotes preservation of natural resources. The country has a large number of national parks, ecopreserves that boast a rich array of birds, mammals, reptiles and rain-forest plants. Approximately 25% of the country's land has been set aside in protected areas, earning Costa Rica has become an environmentally sensitive country and a leader in ecological conservation businesses.
The country has excellent conditions for a number of adventure sports, among them surfing, white water rafting, hiking and trekking and scuba diving. Those who prefer a less strenuous vacation can view active volcanoes, as Poas volcano, Arenal volcano, Irazu volcano and Rincon de la Vieja volcano, take boat trips down jungle rivers and float through the treetops in the world's first Rain Forest Aerial Tram