Iguana Verde specializes in nature and adventure tourism.
Our priorities are safety and satisfaction at the lowest possible
price to you. We base our service on personalized attention
before, during and after your visit to Costa Rica
and we offer a wide variety of choices.
Welcome to The Tortuguero - Costa Rica
National Park Rain Forest Adventure
Costa Rica is bordered to the north by Nicaragua, to the east by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by Panama and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. It is extremely biologically diverse despite its tiny size, which at 19,575 sq. miles is almost half of the size of Kentucky in the USA, or two thirds the size of Scotland. A series of volcanic mountains runs from Nicaragua border in the northwest to the Panamanian border in the southeast, thus splitting the country in two.
The mountains in the southeast are both higher and geologically older. The highlands reach 12,533 feet at Chirripó. There are many geographical variations and different ecological habitats that correspond to changes in altitude. In the middle of the highlands lies the central valley. This central plain, 4,000-5,000 feet above sea level, contains four of Costa Rica's five largest cities including San José, the capital. Over half of the population lives in the this central valley rich in fertile volcanic soils. Many of the surrounding mountains are volcanoes, and some of which are still active.
Costa Rica has a population of 3.4 million people. Over 50% live in the central valley which comprises only 4% of the size of the entire country.
Costa Rica is a tropical country and experiences only two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season is generally between late December and April, and the wet season lasts the rest of the year. The Caribbean coast tends to be wet all year. Temperatures vary little between seasons; the main influence of temperatures is altitude, the coasts are very hot and humid, with the Caribbean averaging 21 degrees Celsius at night and over 30 degrees Celsius during the day. The Pacific is a few degrees warmer.
Costa Rica is a democratically elected Republic. Elections are held every four years.
Costa Rica is unique in having a greater percentage of its territory protected in national parks, biological reserves, and wildlife refuges than any other nation on Earth. A dozen distinct life zones, all within less than a day's drive of each other contain tremendous tropical biodiversity