Costa Rica is serene waters, jungle-fringed coastline, quasi-magical cloud forests – and one of the world’s most biodiverse spots.

Ecologically unspoiled, protecting one-quarter of its wild lands through law, the Central American country wrapped between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is all about immersing oneself in its pristine ecosystems.

Hummingbirds gracefully flitting between iridescent orchids while scarlet macaws’ roaring merge to magical jungle tunes – this is the very scenery in the Monteverde cloud forest reserve, hiding a myriad of splendid birdlife.

The lush network of winding canals in Tortuguero National Park is equally abundant in exotic vegetation and unheralded wildlife. Then there’s the volcanic central valleys with its iconic cones of Arenal and Poás, waterfalls and hot springs – no wonder the steamy rainforests overtrumped by simmering volcanoes offer a dizzying suite of outdoor adventures, from hiking brisk high-altitude trails to kayaking white-water rapids.

A sun-dazed afternoon centring oneself at one of the picturesque beach stretches, the country is also home to vast, tropical coastline. Being rich in paradise, Costa Rica truly has earned its name.