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From the Coasts to the Cloud Forests: Costa Rica’s Mind-Boggling Biodiversity

Mon May 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT


Mon May 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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From the crashing Pacific surf to the warm Caribbean coastline, and from lowland rainforest to icy cloud forest on soaring volcanoes, Costa Rica packs a lot of diversity into a relatively small country. Half a day’s drive can take you from dipping your toes in saltwater to crossing the Cerro de la Muerte at over 10,000 feet. This narrow land bridge connected North and South America a mere 3 million years ago – a blink of an eye in geological time – and the wide range of habitats meant there was a place for everyone when species began crossing between the two continents. Learn how this critical location and wide range of habitats has made Costa Rica one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and how they became a model for using ecotourism to protect that phenomenal diversity. You will also find it hard to resist Costa Rican Expedition Leaders Alex Arias’ and Julio Madriz’s infectious love of their country.