Costa Rica

Destination: Costa Rica

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Budget: $ 35- $60 per day
Languages: Spanish, English on the Caribbean coast
Capital: San Jose
Money: US$1 = C520 (colones), US dollars are often accepted
Area: 51,100 sq km

History:
Costa Rica’s rainforests have been inhabited for over 10,000 years and the region served as an intersection for America’s native cultures. According to Lonely Planet, “Over 500 years ago, on the eve of European discovery, as many as 400,000 people lived in today’s Costa Rica.” The country has about 20 small tribes, mostly are tribes of indigenous people in the northwest. Though tribes are slowly disappearing, these indigenous people still practices their Aztec religious beliefs.

Costa Rica!!!
Whenever you mention Costa Rica, people would immediately think of paradise. Costa Rica is indeed a beautiful paradise with the country’s unique creatures ranging from howler monkeys to toucans. The country is also popular for awesome surfing spots, hiking trails, snorkeling, and wildlife. Compare to other countries in Central America, Costa Rica is quite expensive but it is definitely worth a visit.

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Costa Rica Sky Adventures
Sky adventures consists of three tours: Sky Tram, Sky Walk, and Sky Trek. In Sky Tram tour, visitors gets to explore the world famous Cloud Forest of Monteverde in a 5,249 feet ride that it would lead them up to Costa Rica Continental Divide. This is not bad even if you are afraid of height. Sky Walk tour allows the visitors to see a different perspective of the Cloud Forrest. With a knowledgeable tour guide, they will learn a lot about the flora and fauna as they walk through and over the treetops. It has an amazing view and lots of great pictures can be taken by this tour. If you are looking for an adventure in the forest, visitors can book the Sky Trek tour. Basically Sky Trek is a zip line tour. Fly over the treetops through 10 different cables, which in total makes 13,387 feet with lengths that reach 2,526 feet.

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Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park is located just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San Jose. It is a popular park because of its white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The main habitants are primary forest and then mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. According from Manuel Antonio National Park website, there is a variety of fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. In addition, it also includes 12 little isles just of the coast and at times you will see a number of dolphins and whales.

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Costa Rica has become a popular country which results into a higher GDP. The country generates a lot of money from the tourism industry. Because of having a good tourism advertisement, it has created an increase of more activities, restaurants, and lodging. This may be good for the country but as a traveler, I’ve noticed a bad side effects for the residents and the Costa Rican citizens. For instance, losing their sense of culture to kicking out indigenous tribes so resort owners can build a property for tourists. Though the country of Costa Rica is currently dealing with social and cultural issues, they are still preserving their rich culture. And it is the visitors responsibilities to show respect to their cultures, natural resources, and the local people.

Jennifer 🙂

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One thought on “Costa Rica

  1. One of my final projects for this semester included exporting wine to Costa Rica! I thought it was so interesting that you wrote about this country as well. It seems that the country is great in eco-tourism. All those beaches and parks look so good in the pictures. Reading about this country and its famous touristic centers, really make me want to visit. The budget of $35 to $60 per day is very affordable, but I am not sure if you are including the cost of hotels, or the cost where you usually stay. I also wonder when, is the best time to visit, and when you visited, what where your favorite places? When would you say is the best time to visit?
    It seems that it is a small country but as you mentioned, thanks to its touristic areas, the GDP-Per Capita is close to $12,000. The country has a small population size, and its people have a good quality life.
    I am from Mexico, and I was reading that GDP-Per Capita in that country is a little above $8,000, which is a lot lower. The population size is bigger as well, and that must make a difference in the average income.
    The fact that Costa Rica has many beautiful natural areas to visit also make many U.S. citizens retirees living in that country. That is also one of the reason that Costa Ricans are in danger of loosing their traditions.
    Thanks for sharing this information. I am sure that more than one person will find it helpful.

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