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GEOGRAPHY

4.5 million People live in this country of 51,000 km2. They have managed to preserve a rich and varied nature by acquiring the 30 National Parks and Natural Reserves that cover nearly 30% of the territory.

On the East, the Caribbean coast is nearly 250km long with an area of jungle and canals in the north to Tortuguero and Barra Del Colorado; you will find long and sandy golden beaches, surrounded with coconut palms on the South.

Rocky and steep, the west pacific coast stretches over 800 kms; it is apt for seaside holidays and sport activities. It offers a multitude of beautiful beaches in all shades of sand. From north to south, eleven lively volcanoes spread along the Central Mountain Range rising up to 3400 meters.  Humongous craters with emerald lakes tan or blue sky lagoons or thermal waters bubbling at 40°C are easily accessible and offer an unforgettable experience.

The deep rainforests in the lush, green valleys where citrus fruits and world famous coffee grow, the waterfalls and the rushing rivers that we raft down are also part of the extraordinary diversity to be admired in Costa Rica. 

 

 

HISTORY

A calm colonization in the absence of mineral resources that could hassle the envy of its neighbors, have allowed Costa Rica to progress in harmony. Today the index of development is characterized by the conduct of tolerant and hospitable people, a cult committed to the democracy and the peace (Oscar Arias was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987) and by human relationships based on the dialogue and the solidarity. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WEATHER CONDITIONS

Two seasons define the weather in Costa Rica: the dry season that goes from November to late April and the green or rainy season that goes from May to October. During the green season, rain periods may vary depending on the region but this does not stop you from enjoying your journey. The mornings are always sunny and the temperatures vary little during the course of the year. In addition there are more than 50 micro-climates all the time within the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 


FAUNA AND FLORA

Over 13,000 species of plants, more than 6000 species of butterflies, 1,600 species of fish and 850 different species of birds have been identified in Costa Rica. About 6% of the world’s biodiversity are thus concentrated in this small territory. This is a unique opportunity to observe the rich and diverse wildlife and plants: toucans, quetzals, parrots, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, tortoises and tapirs and with some luck, jaguars and ocelots in their natural environment, admire the countless varieties of orchids, tree ferns and mangroves. 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMALITIES

 

For entry in Costa Rica, you must present a valid passport that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival and a roundtrip/outbound ticket.    Departure tax is payable locally: USD$26 per person, including children.

 

 

 

HEALTH

No vaccinations are required to enter the country. The water is potable all over the country. Costa Rica has a highly developed and efficient healthcare system There is no problem to travel with children, even at young ages.  

 

 

AIRPORT TAXES

USD$26 be paid in cash at the airport the day of your departure (in colones or US dollars) 

LOCAL CURRENCY

The currency is the colon (CRC). It is imperative to bring dollars or traveler's checks in US low denomination dollars before leaving home.

06/06/11 - US$ 1 = 510 colones CRC.

 

 

 

 

CREDITCARDS

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, stores and shopping malls nationwide.

A credit card is required for deposit when renting a vehicle.

 

 

 

LOCAL TIME

 

 

 

Current local time UTC / GMT:  -6 h

Zone name (Standard time zone) UTC / GMT:  -6 h

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPERATURE

Average temperature is between 18º and 25ºC in San Jose and the Central Valley.

It is between 28º and 34ºC in the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts.

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish. The black minority (almost 5%) on the Caribbean coast speak a Creole-English. In the majority of hotels, restaurants and touristic companies, people speak English. Many Europeans and Americans run small boutique hotels throughout the country.

 

 

 

ELECTRICITY
110 volts. U.S. standard electrical outlet flat connectors are used. Adapter plugs are required for European and other visitors.

 

 

CLOTHING CODE

Please bring comfortable walking or jogging shoes for hiking and visiting national parks, a raincoat for the volcanos or higher areas and a light sweatter for the evenings in San José.