Costa Rica

Quick Facts

Population: 4.1 million (2007 est.)

Official Language: Spanish

Capitol: San Jose

Climate: given its close proximity to the equator, Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year.  However, actual temperatures vary due to the actual region's elevation. The dry season is from December to May, while the rainy season is from May to November.

Currency: Colón

Interesting Facts

• Having one of the world's highest density of species in the world, Costa Rica protects about 23% of its territory in its extensive conservation initiatives.
• In 1948, Costa Rica became the first country in the world to abolish its army.
• Costa Rica's literarcy rate, at an estimated 96%, is the highest in Latin America.

Country Profile

Exotic species, volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, bananas and coffee often come to mind when mentioning Costa Rica. This tiny country in Central America attracts millions of tourists every year who come to enjoy its natural beauty. Visitors have a wide array of options to explore, from the Caribbean and Pacific Coast beaches to the country's extensive parks system, Costa Rica is simply a lovely travel destination.  The country is composed of seven provinces, each of which offers something different for people to encounter. Costa Rica's beauty is further accentuated by its people. Ticos, as Costa Ricans refer to themselves, are extremely warm and friendly people. 

"Pura Vida" (literally "pure life") is a common expression used amongst Ticos or Ticas (when referring to females). Possessing one of Latin America's highest life expectancy rates, as well as the region's lowest poverty rate, are some of the achievements which Ticos can be proud of.  Often considered to be the "Switzerland of Central America," Costa Rica's landscape is dotted with mountainous regions, forests, valleys, coffee and banana plantations. Recognizing the importance of environmental issues, the government has made a strong effort to protect the country's biodiversity via its national parks system and preservation programs. As a result, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its ecotourism industry.  Despite being a small country, Costa Rica is a huge treasure filled with many exciting adventures for you to discover.

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