Ecology in Costa Rica

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Verdant rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests, spectacular beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and coral reefs are just some of the many habitats protected by the national parks and reserves of Costa Rica.  These national parks and protected areas offer a wealth of diversity to the visitors and are helping boost the conservation in Costa Rica.
Verdant rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests, spectacular beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and coral reefs are just some of the many habitats protected by the national parks and reserves of Costa Rica. These national parks and protected areas offer a wealth of diversity to the visitors and are helping boost the conservation in Costa Rica.
The Osa Peninsula is the only place where you can find all four species of monkeys. Squirrel monkeys are only found in the Southern Pacific part of Costa Rica such as Corcovado and Manuel Antonio National Park. Howlers and white face monkeys can be seen all throughout Costa Rica.
The Osa Peninsula is the only place where you can find all four species of monkeys. Squirrel monkeys are only found in the Southern Pacific part of Costa Rica such as Corcovado and Manuel Antonio National Park. Howlers and white face monkeys can be seen all throughout Costa Rica.
The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are also occasional visitors.
The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are also occasional visitors.

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Costa Rica has the highest density of plant and animal species on Earth. As part of the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica is both interoceanic and intercontinental. Species from North and South America migrated here during its geological formation and many animals continue to pass through the country every year. Costa Rica’s tropical climate extends across extreme variations in altitude and covers countless ecosystems. This incredible biodiversity plays an important role in the country’s commitment to conservation.

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ISL Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica:
- Global Health
- Nursing
- Physical Therapy
- Community Enrichment
- Ecology
- Hike for Humanity

Highlights
  • Ecology teams are ideal for those interested in ecology, environmental science, agriculture, sustainability studies, and engineering, although the only requirements are the desires to serve and explore!

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Location

Location:
San José
Currency:
Costa Rican Colón
Weather:
Jan-Mar
79 F / 57 F
Apr-Jun
81 F / 63 F
Jul-Sep
88 F / 73 F
Oct-Dec
86 F / 73 F

Costa Rica is known for its Pura Vida lifestyle and San José is a great place to get familiar with the lifestyle. One of the best ways to discover San José is through the arts; whether you like theatre, dance, or music, this is the quickest way to the heart of Costa Rica.

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