ABOUT COSTA RICA
For a half century Costa Rica been highly regarded as one of the most secure, travel-friendly countries in the world. With a population of only around 5 million people, it welcomes more than 2 million visitors per year. Its beautiful weather, friendly locals, and ceaseless possibilities make it easy to understand why.
Although the country only takes up less than a tenth of the planet’s surface, it is home to more than 10% of Earth’s butterfly species and 52 species of hummingbird. Unsurprisingly, it accounts for about 5% of the world’s biodiversity. The topography has varied and truly jaw-dropping scenery. Many scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed here, although you won’t find any dinosaurs!
You would be hard-pressed to find another country with as much diversity of beauty in landscape. Costa Rica has seven active volcanoes, hundreds of miles of coastline on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, nationally protected rainforests and nature parks, as well as ruggedly quaint mountain ranges with peaks as tall as 12,000 feet.
Praised by environmentalists for its progressive and all-encompassing protection of animals, plants, and their natural habitats, Costa Rica is the eco-tourist’s pinnacle. With 25% of the land reserved to remain untouched by development, visitors can celebrate Costa Rica’s astonishingly rare and natural treasures.
Costa Rica’s land and culture lend to a healthier, simpler, and more relaxed way of life. Their outstanding life-expectancy rate of 79 years and internationally renowned health care system are evidences of this. In fact, Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest countries on earth.
Costa Ricans call themselves ticos and the young people refer to one another as mae, similar to “dude” in the United States. Pura vida, or “pure life” is a feel good phrase used in just about every scenario. So if you catch a pura vida, mae! you’ll know you’re fitting right in. And soon, you’ll find you are wanting to become a tico yourself.