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Getting Around Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not one of the biggest countries in the world, yet its topography means that it is one of the most difficult to build transport infrastructures for. This has not stopped the country from building them, it has just taken great planning and large investments of money to overcome the steep slopes and tropical vegetation. [caption id="attachment_84" align="alignright" width="259"] The rail line from Alajuela to Limon[/caption] One of the earliest projects was to build a rail line from Alajuela in the interior to Puerto Limon on the Caribbean…

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The Music and Arts in Costa Rica

Music and arts is plentiful in Costa Rica. This is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, the indigenous people are creative with a history of excellence within these areas, and secondly the amazing natural environment has attracted people from overseas to migrate into the country and develop their skills in the region. There are no doubts that there are many artists who are inspired by the natural environment in which the country is renowned for. Luis Carlos Campos is only 24 yet already he is receiving rave reviews for…

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The Flora and Fauna of Costa Rica

Costa Rica in Spanish means “rich coast’. The country has a wealth of natural diversity and within in its boundaries it contains rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests and coral reefs. Despite being small it is claimed that the country contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. The dense tropical rainforest The tropical climate of the country which is hot and wet means that this creates ideal growing conditions for vegetation. This produces the variety and density of vegetation that grow. In the country there are 10,000 different trees and plants that…

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The cuisine of Costa Rica

The cuisine of Costa Rica tends to be mild and is based around fruits and vegetable. Rice and black beans are the staples of the diet and are served up three times a day. With the country being a major tourist destination, all nationalities of food can be found especially in the cities. Rondon soup is a Caribbean dish that is eaten in the country. It consists of a basic spicy coconut soup and then the ingredients will depend on whatever the cook had available. It is a typical dish…

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The Government of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a democratic republic and the rules of the country and its citizens have been set out in the 1949 constitution. It is seen as having the most stable political economy in the whole of South and Central America. One of the major effects of the 1949 constitution was to abolish the army. By doing this the funds that were previously used to fund the army were redirected into health and education. Costa Rica has the best education and health care in the region and the benefits have…

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Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has for a number of years been searching for ways to attract more visitors into the country in order to receive the economic benefits that tourism brings to a country. For years the industry was held back by Costa Rica’s lack of accessibility, and also the poor transport networks within the country. This was one of the reasons reason that for many years the country struggled to attract foreign investors and even when it was part of the Spanish empire it was left to cope on its own.…

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The Major Urban Areas of Costa Rica

Costa Rica does not have many large urban areas. The country is split between been 82% of its residents living in urban areas and 18% living in rural areas. The largest urban areas are the urban area of San Jose which has a population of 1,415,000 residents but contains a number of different cities. The largest is San Jose itself with a population of 300,000 and it acts as the capital of the country. This area is in Central Valley and contains a third of the total population of the…

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The People of Costa Rica

The population of Costa Rica is 4.9 million people and of that number 330,000 live in the capital of San Jose. Of the total population 94% are white and Mestizos, 3% are black, 1% are Amerindians, and 1% are Asians. The population is increasing at approximately 1.5% per year and currently 40% live in rural areas and 60% live in urban areas. The indigenous inhabitants in 2011 totalled 104,000 with most of them living in secluded reservations. The White population includes the European Costa Ricans and the Mestizos. The Europeans…

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The Economy of Costa Rica

Currently there are divided opinions about Costa Rica’s current economic strength. Looking at the situation positively there is a large source of highly educated workers available, located in a country that has invested heavily in its education, its housing and its health industry. On the negative side these huge investments have created big debts for the country to bear. It is currently debating major fiscal reform, as it has some of the biggest debts in Central and Southern America. Prior to the global down turn in 2009 Costa Rica was…

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Costa Rica’s History and Its Colonial Past

In a region of political instability Costa Rica has demonstrated over the years a stable economy and the turbulence that often effects the other regions of Central America has fortunately avoided this country. Costa Rica translated from Spanish means rich coast and it was the Spanish who first colonized the country in the 16th century. Prior to this date it was inhabited by the indigenous people. It was for a short period part of the “First Mexican Empire” but gained its independence in 1847. After a brief civil war, it…

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