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  • 1. Costa Rica
    Shelby Weiss
  • 2. Location
    Costa Rica is located in Central America
    This country is bordered by:
    Nicaragua (to the North)
    Panama (to the East and South)
    Pacific Ocean (to the West and South)
    Caribbean Sea (to the East)
  • 3. Geography
    Located 10⁰ N of the equator and 84⁰ W of the Prime Meridian
    Costa Rica is made up of 51,100 square kilometres
    Costa Rica occupies 1,290 kilometres of coastline
    Largest lake: Lake Arenal
    Largest Volcano: Irazu Volcano
  • 4. Government
    Costa Rica is a democratic republic
    One of the most sure governments because it had 59 years of only democracy
    A Republic with 3 powers:
    President
    Legislative Assembly (Legislative Power)
    Supreme Court (Judicial Power)
    By constitution, Costa Rica has no military
  • 5. Money
    4th highest inflation rate in Latin America
    Inflation rate- the rise of the prices on goods and services
    Colón -> unit of currency
    Trades 575 for the US Dollar
    Tax Exemptions are offered
    Numerous gambling casinos are in Costa Rica, as well as a national lottery
  • 6. Natural Resources
    3 main cash crops:
    Bananas
    Pineapples
    Coffee
    Said to be the first Carbon Neural county by 2021
    The “greenest” country in the world
  • 7. School
    Costa Rica has the highest literacy rate in Latin America: 97%
    Public education is guaranteed for every student
    Schools are found in almost every community
    Primary education is required, and both preschool and high school are free
    Diplomas are earned in 11th grade
    Few schools go beyond the 12th grade level
    There are colleges available at both the state and private levels
    Public universities are often considered the better decision
  • 8. Family
    Very high rate of single-mothers
    Traditions with the family are from birth until death
    Family traditions:
    Baptisms
    Communions
    Engagement
    Weddings
    funerals
    Most kids live at home until they get married
    Leaving for college or to gain ones independence is very rare
  • 9. Tourist Attractions
    Arenal National Park
    Home of the most active volcano in Costa Rica
    Tortuguero National Park
    Observe the different species of turtles in Costa Rica
    Kayak or Canoe through the lagoons and canals that run through the park
    Manuel Antonio National Park
    Smallest park in Costa Rica
    Close to the beaches
    Sailing
    Corvocado National Park
    The most ecologically diverse park in the Country
    Great place for camping or for anyone who likes wildlife
  • 10. Tourist Attractions
    Cartago- Our Lady of Los Angeles Church
    Most famous church in Costa Rica
    Famous for the statue of the Virgin (La Negrita), the Virgin associated with the statue is the patron saint of Costa Rica
    Central Pacific Coast- Rainmaker
    Suspension bridges that run through the rainforest canopy
    The bridges are 820 ft long and reach as high as 25 stories
    Orosi- Orosi Church & Religious Museum
    Built in the 18th Century
    Features many altars and shrines that are carved from wood
    Also features a museum which includes art and relics from colonial history
  • 11. History
    Christopher Colombus was the first person to come in contact with Costa Rica on September 18, 1502
    There is believed to have been life for about 10,000 years before Christopher Colombus found Costa Rica
    About 400,000 Indians were estimated to have inhabited this land during that period
    Gained its independence in 1821
    Became a republic in 1848
  • 12. Food
    The food in Costa Rica is very healthy
    Cheese is rarely used
    Meals are always served with either a fruit or a vegetable and are very high in fiber
    Standard dish:
    black beans and rice
    Gallo Pinto
  • 13. Works Cited
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica#Education
    http://www.tropical-island-vacation.net/costa-rica-tourist-attractions.html
    http://www.planetware.com/top-tourist-attractions/costa-rica-crc.htm
    http://www.vivacostarica.com/costa-rica-information/costa-rica-food.html
    http://www.infocostarica.com/culture/traditions.html
    Haynes, Tricia. Costa Rica. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1999. Print.