Facts about Costa Rica

Costa Ricans have a tendency of turning words into diminutives. In Spanish a way of doing this change is by adding the suffix -tico or -tica to the main word. Due to this linguistic habit is that Costa Ricans are known worldwide as Ticos and Ticas.


Costa Rica possess approximately 6% of the world’s biodiversity; reason why this small country is well known for its environmental policies and scenic beauty. In Costa Rica more than 25% of its territory is dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges; allowing visitors to enjoy more than 100 different protected areas.


Costa Rica has two stunning coastlines: The Pacific Coast and the Caribbean Coast. Each of them has its unique culture and scenery. On the Pacific Coast you can find rolling waves attractive enough for surfers around the world and on the Caribbean breathtaking coral reefs.


Costa Rica has more than 120 volcanic formations and 5 active volcanoes. These volcanoes house everything from little blue rivers and dense vegetation to bubbling mud and therapeutic hot springs. The past volcano eruptions have caused rich in minerals and fertile soils that has contributed to Costa Rica’s abundant vegetation and wildlife.


Costa Rica has no army; it abolished its military forces in 1949 and since then has placed high priority in education. Education is taken seriously in Costa Rica; this has given it the advantage of having one of Central America’s best educational system.


Costa Rica has one of the top five Blue Zones in the world: Nicoya. Nicoya is an area in which people have low rates of chronic diseases and live longer than anywhere else. People in this area have a diet based on beans and corn tortillas; they also perform physical jobs into old age and have a sense of life purpose: possible reasons and habits for their longevity.


Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its electricity using renewable energy. The sources are hydropower, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar energy. This is part of the decarbonization strategy of Costa Rica for reducing CO2 emissions.


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