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Bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador, Costa Rica has been named one of the greenest countries in the world. Its year-round tropical climate, rich soil, and an annual rainfall of over five meters make it ideal for growing many crops, including coffee.

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1. Arenal Volcano National Park

With numerous natural parks, it's apparent that this Central American nation is an ecologically-conscious country that takes conservation seriously. For travelers who are looking for a temperate climate with countless options for entertainment, Costa Rica is a viable vacation option.

Located within the Arenal Conservation that protects 16 reserves, Arenal Volcano National Park is home to two volcanoes: Arenal, which stands at 5,350 feet, and Chato, 3,750 feet. Chato has been inactive for more than three millennia and has a picturesque lagoon in its crater. Arenal, however, is consistently active with lava and pyroclastic flows. Its lake supplies a portion of Costa Rica's hydroelectric energy. In addition to that, visitors can hike, raft and explore the history of the park while checking out its wildlife.

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