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    Esencial Costa Rica

    We are proud to announce that we are approved to use the Costa Rica Tourism Board's country brand slogan of "Essential Costa Rica." The country brand license is only awarded to tourism companies in Costa Rica that have the highest levels in leadership, excellence, sustainability, social progress and innovation. Read More
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    Costa Rica is a Privileged Country

    Although it only occupies 0.03% of the Earth's surface, it has 6% of the world's biodiversity. Read More
  • Costa Rica is all natural

    A Country Settled by Nature

    Even though the land area is small, there are more monkeys, turtles, and butterflies than people in this peaceful country. The Costa Rican people, in addition to Costa Rica's natural wonders, are one of its attractions. Read More
  • More than 500.000 living being species in Costa Rica

    A Bridge Between the Two Americas

    Costa Rica is one of the 20 countries with the most biodiversity in the world.Among all it has to offer, you'll find more than 500.000 living being species in total, more than 860 bird species and more butterflies than Europe. Read More
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    The Cloud Forest

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    The Happiest Country on Earth

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    Pura Vida

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    The Ticos

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    Green Costa Rica

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    Football is a Passion

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Travel Tips to explore Costa Rica

Is it your first time traveling to a Spanish speaking country? Learn a bit of Spanish before you arrive. Ticos are naturally friendly, and will usually try to be helpful even if you don’t know the language. Knowing a few words though, not only shows respect but also provide you with a little self-sufficiency if traveling on your own.

If you are traveling on a budget, look for the “sodas” to eat at. These are small family owned restaurants/cafes, where a typical plate of food known as a “casado” will be 2,000-3,000 colones ($4-$6 USD). Very filling and tasty, consisting of meat, rice, beans, salad and plantain, it’s a cost saving meal, and a nice way to meet the locals as you travel the country.

Casado

The Costa Rican bus system will take you to every corner of the country, coast to coast, north to south. It is a bit more time consuming that tourist buses, but if you are not in a rush, you can save quite a bit of money and make friends along the way. So ask about direct routes versus what the locals call the “lechero” or milkman route, which will stop, on every little town on the way to your destination.

Coca Cola bus station

Costa Rica is well known worldwide for its National Parks and Conservation Areas, protecting rain forests, tropical forests, marine areas and wetlands. Take advantage of your visit and the inexpensive entrance fees and visit volcanoes such as Arenal, Irazú, Poas and Rincón de la Vieja or rain forests such as Monteverde. Explore areas where protected turtles come to lay their eggs, such as Tortuguero and Las Baulas. Enjoy a day of hiking at Braulio Carrillo or Carara, or lay out on the beach at Manuel Antonio or Cahuita.

Cahuita beach

What to bring to Costa Rica? Whatever your destinations are, pack lightly and comfortably. Good weather resistant walking shoes are your friends! A light raincoat is always a good idea, as well as a hat, sunblock and insect repellent. Swimsuit as well of course, as the beaches, rivers and waterfalls await. Most important of all, bring an attitude open to enjoyment, exploration and learning!

Article by Katie Widdowson

 

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Costa Rica and its 51,100 km² full of paradise!

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