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Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.


  • Capital: San José
  • Currency: Costa Rican colón
  • Recognized regional languages: Mekatelyu; Bribri; Patois
  • Population: 4.906 million (2017)


Costa Rica was the point where the Mesoamerican and South American native cultures met. The northwest of the country, the Nicoya peninsula, was the southernmost point of Nahuatl cultural influence when the Spanish conquerors (conquistadores) came in the 16th century. The central and southern portions of the country had Chibcha influences. The Atlantic coast, meanwhile, was populated with African workers during the 17th and 18th centuries. As a result of the immigration of Spaniards, their 16th-century Spanish culture and its evolution marked everyday life and culture until today, with Spanish language and the Catholic religion as primary influences

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Essence of Costa Rica

Discover the very essence of Costa Rica in a 9-day journey visiting some of the most re known nature reserves and habitats preserving the country´s flora and fauna. Tortuguero , a rain forest reserve with wetlands and beaches where green turtles nest every year. Another emblematic site is Arenal Volcano, where you can hike, get into natural hot springs, and a mud massage!

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