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Escape to Costa Rica

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The most sustainable country in the world.

Science writer and explorer Gaia Vince travels to Costa Rica to find out how this remarkable little republic has become ‘the happiest, most sustainable country in the world!’: Costa Rica runs its national grid on rivers and volcanoes and by 2021 it will be carbon neutral. It has no military and its rainforest is actually increasing. It is also home to more than 500,000 species. Across the three episodes Gaia travels around the country, taking in incredible scenery, coming up close and personal with a range of wildlife and meeting some of the locals, including charismatic president Guillermo Solis, who explains why environmental protection is at the top of the national agenda. We see encounters with Costa Rica’s most iconic animal – the sloth - and follow Gaia to an active volcano. Here she takes a dip in a hot spring and learns how locals have harnessed one of nature’s most destructive forces. Escape to Costa Rica is a stunning, contemporary travel show, where we learn some of the secrets to living happily in harmony with nature.

Programme Information

  • Genre: Travel

  • Subgenre: Factual

  • Producers: CENTURY FILMS LTD

  • Broadcaster: Channel 4 UK

  • Duration: 3 x 60'

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