76 miles separate the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean. Separating the West from the East is part of the great Andean-Sierra Madre mountains with 7 active volcanoes and the highest point at over 12,000 feet. It runs the entire length of the country, from Nicaragua to Panama. It is these mountains, shrouded in cloud and rain forests, that bring water to the lowlands creating varied habitat for plants, trees, and wildlife. Twelve major rivers carve dramatic valleys through 12 life zones, from the high mountains to the sunny beaches. The Osa Peninsula is so abundant with unique flora and fauna that National Geographic calls it "the most biologically intense place on Earth." This is Costa Rica!