Costa Rica

Carrara National Park in Costa Rica ~ http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/costa-rica.htmlA friendly, democratic and peaceful, Costa Rica is a beautiful country. This Central American country lies between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. It’s landscape is diverse with long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches, dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife, towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes and rivers.

Its area slightly exceeds that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Unlike other Central American countries, clean tap water can generally be found throughout the country and in most tourist destinations. Additionally, most visitors find that they are free to enjoy the local food without serious repercussions on their stomachs.

General Information about Costa Rica:

  • Population: 4,695,942
  • Capital City: San José
  • Climate: Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
  • Time Zone: GMT-6
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Country Code: 506
  • Coastline: 1,290km

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Costa Rica is bestowed with an intense array of biodiversity and environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. It is definitely a small country that encompasses just 0.03% of the world’s land mass.

With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute, the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth. Much of Costa Rica’s biological diversity can be attributed to its location between two continents, as well as its numerous microclimates, which vary by elevation amid the country’s mountainous and volcanic landscapes.

Costa Rica’s terrain varies between coastal plains and rugged mountains. Three mountain ranges run through the country and there are over 100 volcanic cones, several of which are major volcanoes. The highest point is Cerro Chirripo, which rises to 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) in the Chirripo National Park.

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