• Capital City: San José (Metro Area Population: 1.6 million)
• Administrative Divisions: 7 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia); Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, San Jose
• Area: Total: 51,100 sq km Land: 50,660 sq km Water: 440 sq km
• Climate: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
• Population: 4,134,000
• Demographic Growth Rate: 1.41%
• Industries: microprocessors, food processing, textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, plastic products
• Languages: Spanish (official); Some English is spoken
There is something exhilarating about riding in an uncharted territory. If you don´t mind a few challenging roads and getting a bit of attention from locals then this tour is for you!
Don’t miss this unforgettable adventure ride that goes from the Central to the North areas of Costa Rica. This tour leads you from active volcanoes, narrow mountain roads through impressive scenery, to misty cloud forests and well known beaches.
Costa Rica, a new meaning for wealthy
With jaguars, resplendent quetzal birds and green tree top frogs as its kings and queens, exuberant rainforests as its baroque palaces and crystalline raging rivers and majestic volcanoes as its power, Costa Rica (the ¨rich coast¨) has defined a new meaning for wealthy!!
In Costa Rica, visitors will have the privilege to enjoy an assortment of sceneries and ecosystems within a very short drive: dense rainforests were electric blue Morphos and Resplendent Quetzals fly over green baby leaves and fresh flower dew, tropical dry forests were century old trees lit the vistas with pink, yellow and orange splashes, mystic volcanoes with smoky craters were rare sub-alpine dwarf vegetation breathe, golden coasts were surfers will slide through luscious warm sparkling waves and deep blue waters were scuba divers will discover an enchanted world of colorful corals, green sea turtles, blue whales and crowds of mantas.
The best scents are packed in small bottles
Costa Rica, a small country covering only 19,560 square miles, 0.03 percent of the Earth´s surface, contains an astonishing amount of plants and animal life, approximately 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica features greater biodiversity than Europe or North America. This abundance of wildlife is partly due the country’s geographical position on a land bridge between North America and South America and its environmental protection policies.
Costa Rica’s enormous diversity attracts hundreds of scientists from all over the world. The country’s rainforests are complex biological communities were a usual hectare might home nearly 100 species of trees. They are habitat for more than 9000 recorded species of plants including 1500 species of orchids. Over 850 species of birds fly over Costa Rica’s rainforests, far more than have been seen in North America, Europe or Australia: 50 species of hummingbirds, 15 parrots (including the exotic scarlet macaw), six toucan species, 45 tanagers, 29 antbirds and resplendent quetzals, with its shimmering green plumage, among others. More than 200 mammal species have been recorded in Costa Rica: monkeys like howler, spider, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey, sloths, anteaters, armadillos, agoutis, coatis, peccaries (wild pigs), kinkajous, raccoons, squirrels and bats as well as endangered species like jaguars and tapirs. Flitting around Costa Rica are more than 2,000 species of butterflies ( at 10% of the world's butterfly species). One of the most breathtaking is the huge morpho, an electric blue butterfly that you will occasionally watch during sunny days floating over the rivers. Costa Rica is habitat to approximately 150 species of amphibians, some of which are extremely colorful and exotic like red eye leaf frog, the spotted-thighed poison frog and the strawberry poison-arrow frogs. Over 200 species of reptiles live in Costa Rica, snakes, lizards, crocodiles and 14 turtle species including the Huge Leatherbacks, Olive Ridleys, Loggerhead and the Hawksbill.
Ticos¨, as Costa Ricans are called are open minded, diverse, free, global, polite, courteous, calm, humble, hospitable, hard working and highly educated… Costa Ricans are people proud of their culture and the extraordinary natural richness that surrounds them. They are persistent in their religious convictions and very family oriented.
Costa Ricans are the result of a peaceful nation with a long democratic tradition. Costa Rica is a peaceful nation, which has always avoided conflict and any military actions. Instead it has a conflict resolution based in negotiation and its efforts have been dedicated to develop social equality. It is considered a progressive nation, as it has more teachers than policemen, more biological reserves than cities and an endless dedication to social programs