Costa Rica:
Save the Americans


One of Costa Rica’s most stunning assets is its biodiversity. This Central American country, smaller than most US states, harbors an incredible 5% of all plant and animal species on the planet. Many are endangered and endemic, meaning you’ll see them in Costa Rica and nowhere else.

But Matador’s partner Visit Costa Rica is turning the tables and asking: What about us humans? Another staggering figure is that Americans leave 500 million vacation days unused every year. This comes with its own dangers, and has prompted the campaign to #SaveTheAmericans. Scroll down to read how Costa Rica is coming to the aid of the overworked and under-vacationed.

This series is proudly produced in partnership with Visit Costa Rica.

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