With 26 national parks taking in over 25% of the country, the highest percentage of any country in the world, Costa Rica offers the National Park Traveller a cornucopia of activities and delights. Protected rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and wetlands offer a range of habitats all protected by Costa Rica's progressive policies on environmental protection and sustainable ecotourism which have been lauded as a model for the rest of the world. One of the most biodiverse parks on the planet, Manuel Antonio National Park was created in 1972 to preserve the richness of the forest and the idyllic beaches. It is home to many of Costa Rica's endangered species. Lake Arenal National Park has the country’s most spectacular lake, with the magnificent Arenal Volcano National Park to the east and rolling hills and forested slopes all around, the scenery couldn’t be better. Activities here include world-class windsurfing and sailboarding, fishing, kayaking, bird watching.