IntroCosta Rica is located Central America. It is found below the country of Nicaragua and above the country of Panama.
First place to visit? Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve: • Biological reserve located in Puntarenas province is 6 km east of the town of Santa Elena. • There is more humidity and is therefore cloudier than a rainforest. • Elevation of between 1,200 m to 1,600 m. Cloud Forest Reserve covers an area of 26,000 acres (10,522 hectares) • Home to more than 2,000 species of plants and trees •100 species of mammals • over 400 species of birds • Roughly 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. • More than 300 species of orchids and 200 species of fern
Second Place to Visit Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs: • The Arenal Volcano is an active volcano were lava streams down the side (its no harm to anyone in the town) but it looks amazing at night. • The Tabacon hot springs, is a place were you can go to unwind and relax and watch he view of the volcano at night.
The Capital City...TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS IN SAN JOSENational Theatre (Teatro Nacional)Created in the 1980’sfeatures artists work, giant marble lobbyseats 1,000 guests comfortably.Spyrogyra Butterﬂy GardenGreat place to see butterﬂiesMany are on sale too!Also holds humming birdsSimon Bolivar Zoological Park (Parque Zoológico Simon Bolivar)Great fun for the whole family!Gives people a chance to see native animals and plants from CostaRicaJaguars, Tapirs, Monkeys, Exotic Birds, Reptiles and more.
FoodBreakfastCosta Ricans have a wide varitey of things to start off the day eating.Things like; Chorreadas (corn pancakes), A la Ranchera, Corn ﬂakeswith banana slices,Lunchthe traditional national dish is called a casado. Made of rice andbeans served side by side instead of mixed. There will usually besome type of meat (ﬁsh, pork chop or chicken) and a salad to roundout the dish.DinnerCosta Ricans enjoy beef at supper time. Usually accompanied by riceand black beans. Sometimes with steamed vegetables on the side.DesertsQueque seco- (Dry Cake) Is made like pound cake and enjoyed as adesert. Usually with a cup of coffee. As Costa Rica is famous for itscoffee exports.
CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS/DANCE. Dance “Suin Criollo” by reinterpreting the lindy dancing and swing steps from the US, “La Yegüita” folkloric dance to represent an old tradition of having a man dressed as a horse in a religious procession. Customs Virgen de los Angeles: This is a celebration, honors the patron saint the Virgin of Angels. She came to a young girl from Cartago many times as a small stone statue and asked her to build a church in her honor Easter Week: Called Semana Santa, this is a mixture of church celebrations and family party. Lighting up the Christmas tree: The most important Christmas tree in Costa Rica is the tree of the Childrens National Hospital. Festivals & Holidays March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province. August 15th: Mother’s Day and Assumption Day November 2nd: All soul’s Day December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.
Art’s and Crafts THE OXCARTS OF SARCHÍ Oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans to Puntarenas these decorated carts are amazing a well made reproduction can cost up to $5,000. Costa rica is famous for these. If it is possible to get tone of these then get one they are so cool.
SummaryCosta Rica is a place you deﬁnitely should travel to. There are so many things to do and is so much fun.