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Official state name: Republic of Costa Rica
Capital: San José
Seat of government and congress/parliament in San José
Costa Rica has approximately 4.305.000 inhabitants, of which about 4.000.000 (92,9% of the population) Spanish native speakers.
Time difference to/offset from UTC/GMT (London): -6 hours
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Besides Spanish, in Costa Rica people also speak Mekatelyu and Bribri.
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The international area code for calls from abroad for Costa Rica is: +506
voltage: 120 V
Websites of Costa Rica end usually with .cr
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In Costa Rica you will find one of the most stable countries in Central America.
So if you are coming to wander through endless jungle swamps, or surf the perfect Pacific wave this Ecotourism heaven has got it all.
Costa Rica´s year round climate is pleasant with naturally occurring breezes cooling down most of the coastal areas.
Temperatures in the highlands and the mountains are warm by day and brisk at night giving an "eternal spring" feeling. The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. The rainy, or green, season lasts from May to December with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.
The “Tico’s" love there homeland and for good reason, the slow-paced life, wonderful snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean, surfing or watching sea turtles on the Pacific, plenty of mystic volcanoes and jungles in between. Costa Rica is with its impressive scenic beauty, consolidated system of protected areas, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services on the world’s great adventure hot spots.
All of this offered in a territory of only 51 thousand square kilometers, surrounded by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, at a distance from each other of only three to four hours by land or 45 minutes by air.
The fact that more than one million tourists visit Costa Rica each year does not happen by chance. Our country, located in Central America, is an isthmus where life seems to have created its roots. Covering only 0.03% of the surface of our planet, Costa Rica has approximately 6% of the world's biodiversity.
The park, whose name has been dedicated to Braulio Carrillo, the third head of state of Costa Rica (who governed from 1837-42), was established in 1978 and is the most extensive park in the central part of Costa Rica. It includes Barva Volcanoe as well as the mountains Cacho Negro and Zurquí, among others. There are several lakes of volcanic origin surrounded by the cloud forest, the most beautiful one is called Laguna Barva.
The National Park is covered with evergreen forest of great density and botanical complexity. You can find more then 6,000 species of plants in the forest as well as a great diversity of animal life.
The Rain Forest Aerial Trams are among the most spectacular and exiting places to visit in Costa Rica. Visitors can choose between the Rain Forest Aerial Tram on the Atlantic, which is located about 50 minutes from San José, and the Rain Forest Aerial Tram on the Pacific Side (on the way to Jacó Beach).
In the Aerial Trams visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating view over the tropical rain forest; organized tours also include guided walking tours with expert naturalist guides. The park on the Pacific side, furthermore, offers a heliconias gallery, a medicine plants garden and a snake’s exhibition.