Whenever I was imagining Costa Rica, I tended to picture it as a place where you can stay on the beach non-stop, under the sun, sipping cocktails. But, this image has been ruined when a friend of mine crashed my dreams by comparing the weather in Costa Rica with the one in Scotland. Still, even if there are two main seasons – a dry season that runs December-April and a rainy season that runs May-November, this country has a lot more to offer that we might not be aware of.
- Costa Rica is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan and has 801 miles of coastline. Even if it’s quite a small country (51,100 square km), it has more than 121 volcanic formations with seven of them being active – Poás Volcano has the second widest crater in the world, and Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
- The Central American country takes 0.03% of the planet’s surface, still, it hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity. There are over 130 species of fish, 220 of reptiles, 1,000 butterflies (10% of the world’s butterflies) 9,000 plants, about 750,000 species of insects and 20,000 various kinds of spiders that live in Costa Rica – YIKES!
- The country has no standing Army at the moment, as it was abolished after the last Civil War in 1948. Also, it is the longest standing democracy in Central America.
- The literacy rate in Costa Rica is of 96%! One amazing fact is that, in rural areas where people cannot afford to go to school, classes are taught live (on air) over a national radio station! – Impressive, I can say.
- Instead of saying the common ‘I’m fine’ when asked about how they are doing, the locals use the expression ‘Pura Vida’ (EN: pure life) – a positive, feel good expression.
Until next time, open your eyes and your ears to what the world has to tell you!
Written by: Ioana-Alexandra Tache
21 things you might not know about Costa Rica by Koty Neelis –http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/21-things-might-know-costa-rica/
30 fun facts about Costa Rica by Norm Schriever – http://www.normschriever.com/blog/some-fun-and-crazy-facts-about-costa-rica