Our latest tour feature, posted last week, is on getting away from the routine bus tours of Costa Rica and getting up close to the country’s abundant birds and animals on a more intimate basis. See the full story here: A Wealth of Wildlife in Costa Rica.

Fortunately, it’s easy to set up an exclusive experience in Costa Rica by setting up a custom tour with the likes of Geographic Expeditions or Mead Brown Vacation Villa Rentals. Or by staying at the best luxury jungle lodges in the country and using Nature Air to get from place to place.

Costa Rica is green, lush, and teeming with life. The government has done a far better job here than in most other countries of preserving green spaces with ample room for animals to roam. Plus some private owners, such as those at Lapa Rios, have bought huge tracts of land and left them alone so nature could take its course. It’s a breath of fresh air, figuratively and literally.