By Matthew Firestone, Carolina A Miranda, Cesar G Soriano

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Today, less than one in five Ticos lives below the poverty line, and life expectancy is on a par with the USA. The ‘green revolution’ kicked off in the 1970s when world coffee prices dropped due to oversupply, and Costa Rica plunged into economic crisis. However, the unpredictable nature of the global commodity markets created a rather unusual alliance between economic developers and environmental conservationists. If wealth could not be sustained through exports, then what about imports – of tourists?

Or spend the morning trekking through the highland cloud forests, and wind down in the afternoon with a cup of shade-grown brew on an organic coffee plantation. This incredible complement of landscapes is also inhabited by some of the planet’s most charismatic species, including the scarlet macaw and squirrel monkey in the canopy above, and the jaguar and tapir on the forest floor. LUKE HUNTER Return to beginning of chapter MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST This iconic cloud forest was first settled by a community of Quakers who sought to protect their invaluable watershed.

TOP 10 For a small country, Costa Rica is jam-packed with sights and attractions. Hopefully, the following lists will inspire you to seek out all that this beautiful country can offer. IDYLLIC SUNSET SITES Grab a magic moment in Costa Rica while you enjoy the last rays of the day. WORST ROADS Get ready to shift your transmission into overdrive. Dude, where’s the transmission? You call this a road? BEST BEACHES With two coastlines fringed with sun-kissed beaches, Costa Rica is a beach-lover’s paradise.

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