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Walk in the treetops of the cloud forest, visit turtle-nesting sites, trek among hummingbirds and macaws, dive over vibrant coral reefs and laze on seemingly endless sandy shores. With an abundant variety of mammals, birds, butterflies and plants and an extraordinary diversity of microclimates to match, Costa Rica is a haven for ecotourism and adventure. The country is admired throughout Latin America for its democracy and conservation efforts. It boasts a rich choice of national parks and private nature reserves. In addition, there are long stretches of unspoilt beach by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. From the vibrant capital, San José, to the idyllic beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, there are hostels well situated for enjoying the natural riches of this colourful country.