Costa Rica is the most stable democracy in Central America, and has had no standing army since 1949! While abolishing the army, Costa Rica made a promise to replace the army with an army of teachers. Today, the country has a 97% literacy rate.
One of the most valued environmental destinations, over 25% of Costa Rican land is used as protected parks and refuges. Home to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, it is a nature lover’s paradise! More than 10% of the world’s butterflies live here!
Ticos and Ticas (Costa Rican men and women) enjoy the Pura Vida – a very relaxed, stress-free, happy, positive lifestyle. And are extremely fun-loving and friendly.
Many famous pirates visited Costa Rica, and buried their treasure there – or so legend claims. Hunt for buried treasure, or go check out the Dia do los Boyeros – the annual oxcart festival. Have a local bruja (witch) give you a tarot card reading, or have a simple meal at the local soda. Learn how to dance the merengue and salsa, or tickle your taste buds with hot tamales. The Pura Vida is waiting for you!