Costa Rica's lush jungle is home to exceptional vegetation. Despite its small size, the country boasts 5% of the world's biodiversity. The forests alone include 10,000 plant species. Immerse yourself in any of these woodlands, from Monteverde to Corcovado National Park, and discover the country's iconic guanacaste or ceibo trees (which can grow up to 230 feet tall).
Along the way, you'll find plenty of other dazzling species, like jacaranda and eucalyptus trees. Take the time to spot the different plants hanging from the tree trunks: they sometimes number in the hundreds. Bromeliads, heliconias, and anthurium add splashes of bright red to the jungle's palette.
Orchids also have a starring role here, with 1,500 species found in Costa Rica that range in color, size, and shape. You can catch glimpses of them when exploring Tortuguero, Cahuita, Manuel Antonio, or Carara National Parks. To increase your chances of seeing orchids in the wild, ask your local Evaneos agency to put you in touch with an expert nature guide.
If you have young ones in tow, Monteverde, La Garita, and Cartago botanical gardens offer an excellent opportunity to introduce children to botany and admire more of the country's wealth of beautiful flowers. In Costa Rica, exploring the flora is an activity for all seasons.