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Costa Rica lies in the heart of Central America and although it measures only 51, 1000 square kilometres (slightly larger than Switzerland), it is surrounded by two expanses of sea - the Caribbean and the Pacific giving a wide variety of marine life.   Costa Rica is a small, democratic and peaceful country and since abolishing the armed forces in 1949, the government has devoted a large percentage of its resources to education, health and conservation.

Currently one quarter of the country is protected by national parks, biological reserves and wildlife refuges.  With more than 850 species of bird, including the Resplendent quetzal, 1,200 types of orchids and 250 mammals, Costa Rica is a unique, natural world unparalleled in its concentration of the world’s  biodiversity. The country is dominated by four major mountain ranges, all of which are volcanic in origin and which together form a continental divide that runs down its middle housing many volcanoes, some of which are still active today.

The visitor will have plenty to see from tropical rainforests to freshwater wetlands and coral reefs. From monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds, red-eyed tree frogs, sloths, iguanas and ocelots to hot springs and pristine beaches there is always lots to do. Activities range from white water river rafting and trekking to canopy tours on suspension bridges strung out across the rainforest allowing you to view the rainforest from the top. For the more adventurous, there are zip wire tours which hook you onto a steel cable between trees whilst you literally "fly" from canopy to canopy, a truly exhilarating experience!

Diving in Costa Rica is equally impressive with Cano Island in the Oso Peninsular being part of a mammoth marine ecosystem which includes 20 reefs, 50 underwater pinnacles, canyons, walls and caves. Visibility is good and snapper, tuna, grouper, jack, shark, trigger fish, barracuda, manta rays, eels, porcupine fish, octopus, lobster, sponges, sea cucumbers and many other marine species may be seen. Topside sightings include porpoises, green turtles, whale sharks and humpback whales. There are also more than one hundred thousand acres of mangrove wetlands comprising of fresh and salt water rivers, estuaries and tributaries that interact with the Pacific Ocean to provide an abundance of marine life. However perhaps one of the most coveted dive destinations in the world has to be Cocos Island, which lies 550 kms off the coast of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean. The Okeanos Aggressor is a comfortable 120 ft boat which offers exciting livaboard trips giving 7 nights diving out there. Cocos Island is known for its pelagics of which schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks are the most  impressive. White tip reef sharks are also abundant and whale sharks and dolphins are frequently spotted.


This site is Sample Tours and Boats, more information being added all the time so if you can't find the tour you want then contact Ania Mudrewicz   by E-mail:- galapagos@btinternet.com at Galapagos Classic Cruises. The Web Site is in the process of being updated and reconstructed.  Other destinations apart from Galapagos are:  Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Easter Island, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, the  Arctic, Pitcairn, French Polynesia, the Marquesas, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.  For something a bit closer, cruises to Croatia and Turkey are also on offer.