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Costa Rica!

About Costa Rica

Believe it or not, even though Costa Rica is a small country and occupies an area of only 51,100 km2 (19,730 square miles), very similar to the size of Denmark, it only represents 0.03% of the earth's surface. But it unbelievably contains almost 6% of the total biodiversity of the world – hence its richness in species of flora and fauna.

Do you know that Costa Rica is recognized for having one of the largest protected areas in the world due to its efforts to safeguard territory with valuable natural resources? Extraordinarily, 25% of its territory is preserved as national parks, marine parks, biological reserves and other protected wilderness areas. Just to prove what we are saying, this small territory has almost 900 bird species that have been counted, of which 600 are native species; and more than 5 million birds migrate through the country. 500,000 species of invertebrates, 175 kinds of amphibians (85% of them are frogs), 225 types of reptiles, and almost 250 species of mammals (including wild cats like jaguars, ocelots, pumas and jaguarundis, among others). Would you like to come to this paradise called Costa Rica? Write to our bloggers and they will guide you with very useful tips!

Oh, we forgot to mention, incredible five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be found along Costa Rica’s coasts and as if this wasn´t enough, during six to seven months of the year it is possible to watch whales at the pacific coast. Of course, that is why Nat Geo named this country “seventh most important place for whale watching in the world”!!

Air connections

Also, the country has excellent air connections with direct flights from USA, Mexico, South America and Europe. Currently around 24 airlines serve Juan Santamaría International Airport with regular non stop flights to more than 36 destinations. The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Guanacaste, is being served by around 12 airlines with regular flights to 17 destinations, including Europe.

High Technology

According to the World Bank´s Human Opportunity Index (HOI), Costa Rica has the highest rate of Internet Access in the Latin America region, corresponding to 60% of the population The 2016 Global Innovation Index, puts Costa Rica in second place in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rica exports medical devices, electronic components, software development, fruit juices and concentratres, coffee, bananas, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermlon and other fruits and vegetables.

High quality Health Services

According to the 2014 International Living Index, Costa Rica ranks fourth in the world for best quality health services.
80% Life expectancy at birth 77.1 % male 83% Female
In the Human Development Index (HDI) prepared by the United Nations in order to measure the progress of a country and show the standard of living ihnabitants, guess what?? Costa Ricans rank 69th!!

Education

The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 97.5% according to the United Nations 2015 Human Development Report making it one of the most literature countries in Latin America.

Climate

And what about the weather? Well, Costa Rica has the privilege of being well located, just in the middle of Central America so, due to its priviled tropical location, its climate is moderate thought the year.

You might be asking, when is the best time to travel to Costa Rica wright? Well, continue reading about this and other important aspects regarding this amazing country!! Come, you must have to see this country by yourself!

Best Travel Time

The mountain ranges spanning the country from the northwest to the southeast form a barrier that divides the country into two larger climatic zones, the Pacific and the Caribbean. That’s why weather conditions on the Pacific side are usually the opposite of the Caribbean and vice versa. Independent of the climatic zones, several days of consecutive rainfall are rare. You will usually experience sunny mornings and a refreshing tropical thunderstorm in the afternoon. There is a period of less rain from December to April on the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

From July to November, is a perfect time if you want to experience three great nature wonders in Costa Rica: The observation of humpback whales on the Pacific coast, the sea turtle nesting season and the bird migration from North America on the Caribbean side. Costa Rica’s flora literally explodes and shows its most diverse side from May to November. In our opinion it is a pity to only lay around on the beach in Costa Rica, but if you are looking for a pure beach holiday, December to April is perfect for the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

Safety

Costa Rica is a comparatively safe holiday destination. Costa Ricans are very open-minded, helpful and friendly people, making their guests feel at home right away. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of possible safety risks. Considering some general precautionary measures, you can travel Costa Rica without problems:

Expensive jewelry should be left at home, and – just like anywhere in the world – openly displayed valuables can be a target of theft. Please use the hotel safe in your room or at the reception. Do not leave any valuables on display in your rented car and only park the car in guarded, official parking areas rather than leaving it next to the road. Avoid walking at night in the cities.

Armed robberies have sporadically occurred. Even though it is very rare, this risk cannot be completely excluded. Should you become the victim of such an assault, make no resistance and keep calm. Documents and material loss can be replaced.

Costa Rica is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and is thus exposed to natural risks like earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The country itself and the touristic infrastructure are well-prepared for such events. Due to the climate change there is also an increasing number of floods. Should any of this occur, please pay attention to the information provided by ARA Tours or the local population. Do not hesitate if evacuation is requested. This also applies in case of a tsunami alert.

Sustainability

in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country that´s living and breating the green of its forests. Today, 25% of the national territory are under the laws of conservation. This proyect started with the creation of the first national parks in the 70s.

The government has driven the tourism sector and the conservation of the environment for which, along with others, the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST) was created. It is awarded by the Costarican Tourism Board (ICT) to companies of this sector that fulfill certain social and environmental requirements, as well as for sustainable development.

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