Costa Rica number one destination in the world, says Condé Nast Traveler

Costa Rica stood out as the first destination in the list of the 40 most beautiful countries in the world.

While beauty is a difficult issue to quantify and the culture of each country is special, the list guides travelers to a set of unique destinations because of the experiences they offer.

The magazine points out that it is a measurement “to the countries of the world based on various factors, from security to life expectancy, and yes, even natural resources. The latter takes into account details such as total animal species, the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites and the “attractiveness of natural assets.”

In Costa Rica, nature reigns uncontrolled, among national parks, protected areas, biological reserves and other categories, 26% of the entire territory is protected, countless charming beaches, protected primary forests where almost 5% of the world’s biodiversity lives. But it is also a country with a high literacy rate, it has a good health system and a dynamic economy.

Among the natural attractions of the country, Isla del Coco stands out, the only island in the eastern Pacific with a tropical rainforest, a world diving destination, due to the quantity and variety of marine species that surround the island.

Another site pointed out by the Magazine is La Amistad National Park, another particularly beautiful site, with cloud forests, stops and lakes of glacial origin. It also houses the Chirripó massif, the highest mountain in Costa Rica.

The beauty of the coasts and coastlines between the two great oceans, is one of the largest treasures in the country and an invitation for tourists from all over the world. The variety of beaches is such that they go from the simplest and to others with extremely white sands and waters with waves or other calmer ones. Some of the most beautiful are located in Guanacaste where the vegetation reaches the edge of the beach.

Located within the so-called Pacific fire belt, Costa Rica is also characterized by a wide presence of volcanoes (more than 100) and mountain areas that generate great attraction for lovers of high altitude tours.

A little less than a quarter of Costa Rica is made up of National Parks and Reserves, among which there are two parks declared World Heritage by Unesco.

The Corcovado National Park is one of the most intense biological places in the world; Barra Honda National Park, whose most notable feature is the presence of caves sculpted by water in the small mountains. The Arenal Volcano National Park is the best known and most visited place in Costa Rica for the variety of attractions and activities.

Often leading the most famous international measurements on the quality of life, Costa Rica abolished the army in 1948 and declared the world its perpetual neutrality in 1983.

The other destinations on the list of 40 countries prepared by Condé Nast Traveler magazine and which achieved the best ratings were: Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Republic

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