Costa Rica boasts numerous endemic species of vertebrates and invertebrates. The country owes its high biodiversity to twelve different ecosystems which range from tropical rainforests to upland cloud forests, canyons to volcanoes and mangrove swamps to over 800 miles of coastline both on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. By no means did we see them all, but there have been 194 species of amphibians, 210 species of mammals, 218 species of reptiles, 878 species of birds and more than 35,000 species of insects identified in Costa Rica!