Costa Rica

Costa Rica The Awesome

LAND AND CLIMATE

1. Costa Rica covers 19,730 square miles.

2. It is hot and humid in Costa Rica. It is 67 degrees to 81 degrees F.

3. This small nation has a diverse landscape of tropical rain forests, mountain cloud forests, volcanoes, coastal lowlands, beaches, and beautiful rivers.

History

HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

1.A variety of native peoples lived in present-day Costa Rica before Columbus arrived in 1502.

2. In 1821, Costa Rica joined other Central American nations in declaring independence from Spain. In 1824, it became a state of the Federal Republic of Central America. Shortly before the republic collapsed, Costa Rica became a sovereign nation (1838).

3. Costa Rica has one of the most stable democratic governments in Central America.

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Economy

1.Despite a relative lack of minerals and other traditional natural resources, Costa Rica has a fairly prosperous economy.

2.Exports include coffee, bananas, beef, sugar, cocoa, and fertilizer. Costa Rica is one of the largest banana producers in the world. Ornamental flowers are becoming an increasingly important export. Cattle raising is concentrated in the Guanacaste province but is expanding to other areas.

3.Tourism facilities are well developed, so the industry is prosperous and important to the economy.

Activities in Costa Rica

Sample Cost of Activities & Attractions

  • National Museum in San Jose: 4,000 CRC ($8) for foreigners or 2,000 CRC ($4) for foreign students with student ID card. Closed on Mondays.
  • Ziplining in Monteverde: 22,500 – 50,000 CRC ($45 – $100)
  • White water rafting on the Pacuare River (1 day): 50,000 CRC ($100)
  • Hot springs near Arenal Volcano: free to 50,000 CRC ($0 – $100)
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: with a guide: 22,500 – 32,500 CRC ($45 – $65) or without a guide: 5,000 CRC ($10)
  • Coffee Tour in Alajuela: 10,000 CRC ($20)
  • Animal Sanctuary in Puerto Viejo: 8,000 CRC ($16)