Costa Rica is a country in Central America with unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. A peaceful and democratic nation, it has not had a standing army since 1949.
Although small in size with a land territory of 19,652 square miles, roughly the size of West Virginia, it covers only 0.03% of the surface of the globe yet it shelters 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world with over 25% of the country conserved in 20 national parks and 8 biological reserves. Over 900 hundred species of birds, more than in all of North America; over 1600 species of orchids, more than in all of Africa. Exotic wildlife commune and thrive in many ecosystems from rain, humid, cloud to paramo forests making this blessed land a top choice destination for ecological and adventure travelers. Honeymooners from the United States make Costa Rica their number one international destination.
The term ecotourism started in Costa Rica along with such pioneering activities such as the canopy tour or zip lining among the tree tops. A land of volcanoes, forests, waterfalls and rivers, adventure travelers can choose from a variety of activities such as white water rafting, river and sea kayaking, snorkeling, sport fishing, surfing and much more. Indulge your senses. Bienvenidos!!!
Capital: San José
Official languages: Spanish
Area: 51.100 km2
Population: 4,872 millones (2013)
Time zone: CST (UTC-6)
Calling Code: +506