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Suspended between two oceans
Hemmed in between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus, the diminutive republic of
Costa Rica is often pictured as an oasis of political stability in the midst of a turbulent region.
A cruise to Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to experience a democratic and prosperous nation which is also one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, an ecological treasure-trove whose wide range of habitats support a fascinating variety of wildlife, much of it now protected by an enlightened conservation system widely regarded as a model of its kind. Though this idyllic image might not do justice to the full complexities of contemporary Costa Rican society, it’s true that the country’s long democratic tradition and complete absence of military forces stand in sharp contrast to the brutal internal conflicts that have ravaged its neighbours.
Most of all, though, it is Costa Rica’s outstanding natural beauty, and the wildlife that accompanies it, that has made it one of the world’s prime ecotourism destinations, with visitors flocking here to hike trails through ancient rainforest, peer into active volcanoes or explore the Americas’ last vestiges of high-altitude cloud forest, home to jaguars, spider monkeys and resplendent quetzals.