A weekend of ‘all things Costa Rica’ is arriving to Cornwall’s nature haven, Eden Project, next month. Over the weekend of 18-19 May, families will be able to enjoy a wide variety of jungle-themed activities inspired by the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest - including a treasure trail and a dazzling exhibit of over 500 orchids.

The aim of the Costa Rica Festival is to promote sustainable tourism and conservation as well as celebrate Costa Rica’s beautiful landscapes, extensive wildlife and incredible flora and fauna through diverse family-friendly activities. These will include:

• Orchid Display: the jewel of the Costa Rica Festival, this exhibition will display over 500 orchids, a flowering plant that naturally reflects Costa Rica’s landscapes – the country boasts 400 species of orchid, 20% of which are endemic. One of the orchids on display will be the guaria morada (Guarianthe skinneri) - Costa Rica’s national flower. • Costa Rica Treasure Trail: an educational path to explore the country’s biodiversity and all the fun facts around this (did you know that Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity?). • Volcano Discovery: a workshop to learn how volcanoes help support Costa Rica’s diverse flora and fauna (there are over 60 volcanoes in the country, including six active). • Creative Costa Rica: a variety of additional activities to discover Costa Rica’s culture, including music and dance performances and food tastings.

The Costa Rica Festival is taking place at Eden Project in St. Blazey (Cornwall) from 18-19 May and is the result of a partnership between the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and Eden Project.