A small country, offering in a short distance, majestic volcanoes, beaches overlooking the Pacific and the Caribbean, dry, humid and rainy tropical forests. Known as Central American Switzerland for choosing more than 70 years ago not to have a permanent army, it has earmarked defense funds to improve education, health care and social security. Today it is a model of political stability and economic prosperity. Costa Rica has always been at the forefront of becoming the world's first zero-emission country for the year 2021. Sustainability practices are observed in every region of the country and in all sectors. From local cuisine to crafts and traditional customs, sustainability is deeply integrated into Costa Rica's culture and traditions. Despite having a limited area, Costa Rica holds 5% of the biodiversity of the earth protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, through its 30 National Parks that occupy 25% of the national territory.