A country that prides itself on being the eco- and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica packs a punch that belies its diminutive size. A veritable playground for the intrepid traveller, Costa Rica has it all- from pristine beaches to lush jungles, and from active volcanoes to thunderous white-water rivers. An astonishing twenty-five percent of Costa Rican territory enjoys some form of environmental protection, and as such, it boasts a diversity of flora and fauna that has to be seen to be believed. Costa Rica’s dramatic landscape has also made it a centre for high-adrenaline activities like surfing and zip-lining; and yet, with some of the finest luxury eco-lodges in Central America, it is equally ideal for those in search of a more relaxing holiday experience. The people of Costa Rica have perfected the art of pura vida- a national motto that literally translates as ‘the pure life’ and that refers to the easygoing, carefree lifestyle that is an integral part of this country’s identity.