Searching for a land of waterfalls, dense rain forests and countless opportunities for adventure? Look no further than Costa Rica. This Central American country is known for its stunning natural beauty, numerous national parks, varied wildlife and tourist-friendly resorts.
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One minute you could be relaxing on a tropical beach, the next trekking through dense jungle. One day you could be seeing the country on horseback, the next flying above the treetops of Rincon de La Vieja National Park.
Join a boat trip to explore lowland rivers or make a beeline for Arenal Lake to visit one of the country's top windsurfing spots. Costa Rica is an incredibly varied country so whether you're into relaxing on the beach or scaring yourself with high-octane sports, you'll find plenty to keep you busy.
If you're visiting Costa Rica to get closer to nature, you won't be disappointed. Eco-tourism is big business here thanks to the country being regarded as one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. You'll find a total of 20 national parks to explore along with eight reserves. Head to Tortuguero National Park to try and catch sea turtles nesting, or make for the rain forest to spot some of the 850 different species of bird that reside here.
As stated, diversity is the name of the game in Costa Rica and that extends to the country's population. Immigration has led to a rich and varied cultural heritage. The locals, known as Ticos, are famously friendly and welcoming to visitors. You can learn all about the nation's history and culture by visiting the National Museum of Costa Rica in the capital San José.
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£5.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£1.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£1.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£38.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£49.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£633.00|