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Costa Rica

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