This guide offers information on both identification and where to find the birds
Color photos, maps, how and where to find the most amazing animals and plants. Advice on hikes, diving, wildlife tours.
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award -Honorable Mention Independent Publisher Book Awards 2007 -Finalist
This is the definitive ecotravel guide to Costa Rica, one of the world's best spots for nature lovers. More diversity is crammed into its borders per square mile than any other country in the world, and this book takes you to the best places to see it all.
Cloudforests roll from Costa Rica's volcanic backbone down to extensive tropical forests and beaches. On this emerald land bridge, wildlife from the northern hemisphere meets wildlife from the south, and novel species emerge. As a result, Costa Rica's forests and hot springs are combed by researchers for new therapeutic medicines and an understanding of tropical nature, while ecotravellers throng to the cloudforests of Monteverde, the beaches of Guanacaste, and other wilderness hot spots.
Canopy-top zipline? Turtle-watching? Whitewater kayaking? Outdoor hammock by the sea?—whatever your idea of ecotravel, this guidebook will show the way. Learn how to open up the network of ecolodges, research field stations, private reserves, and national parks to find the most elusive wildlife and discover the best crowd-free experiences in each destination. Learn fascinating facts about Costa Rica's wildlife, such as vegetarian spiders, bees that collect perfumed oils, plants with their own heaters, the smallest orchids in the world, and the ant dialect that caterpillars understand. Best of all, Hannah Robinson will tell you how and where to find all these plants and creatures.
- Hundreds of color photos
- Regional maps
- Hikes ranging from a half hour to several days
- Extensive resource section detailing eco-lodges, field stations, parks, kayaking, and birding
- Diving expeditions
- Wildlife guides and expeditions
Hannah Robinson is a lifetime nature-watcher who has done research on the ecology of Costa Rica's tropical dry forests. She is trained as a biochemist and has been a wilderness guide with the National Parks Service. She is the author and photographer of Australia: An Ecotraveller's Guide.