Costa Rica, literally meaning ‘rich coast’, boasts an amazing array of biodiversity. Even though it is a small country, it has great biological and habitat diversity due to the convergence of two hemispheres, two oceans, and its varying geography. The unique topography, primarily created by the chain of mountains that forms a backbone down the length of Costa Rica, part of the Andean-Sierra Madre mountains, which runs the length of the western littoral of the Americas.
With these elements combined, the land provides for various types of microclimates to flourish.
Many of the residents of Costa Ballena are bird watchers, nature enthusiasts and draw inspiration to paint, photograph or to live a simpler life merely by observing the beauty that surrounds them. Many have cited that it is because of the biodiversity that is present in Costa Ballena that they have chosen to move to the area. The toucan, the symbolic bird of Costa Ballena, can be found gliding from tree to tree. After the first rains, the butterflies come out to play and it is wonderful to watch as they flutter about their carefree day! The mountains are where ocelots find their home. And if you like reptiles and snakes, you are in for a treat any night of the week, night walking tours, guide accompanied, are available at any time of the year.
There are about 52 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making the country a true hammingbird capital