Costa Rica

Capital City: San José

Currency: Costa Rican Colón

Official languages: Spanish

Neighbouring countries: Panama and Nicaragua

Interesting places to visit include: Tortuguero National Park, Poás Volcano, Corcovado National Park, Arenal Volcano, Puerto Viejo, Manuel Antonio National Park

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (UTC -6)

Largest City: San José

Some interesting and fun facts about Costa Ricans: Locals call themselves Ticos (for male) and Ticas (for female). As foreigner you are called Gringo (for male) and Gringa (for female).

National Tope San Jose – Traditional Cowboy Culture
National Tope San Jose – Traditional Cowboy Culture

The National Tope San José is the largest horse parade in Costa Rica. This year an estimated 5.000 riders from all parts of Costa Rica came to the capital city to participate in this celebration […]

Manuel Antonio National Park – One of the most biodiverse national parks on earth
Manuel Antonio National Park – One of the most biodiverse national parks on earth

Manuel Antonio National Park is located south of Quepos on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It was established in 1972 and although it is with 683 hectares the smallest national park in Costa Rica, […]

Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo and Cocles Beach
Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo and Cocles Beach

Puerto Viejo – A mix of Caribbean-Jamaican atmosphere, small hidden palm beaches, breathtaking nature and good restaurants and bars. Manzanillo and Cocles for the ones who are looking for beautiful, calm beaches. Puerto Viejo de […]

La Sabana Metropolitan Park San Jose, Costa Rica
La Sabana Metropolitan Park San Jose, Costa Rica

La Sabana Metropolitan Park San Jose – Costa Rica’s biggest and most important urban park. It is a nice place to meet up with friends, to do sport, go for a walk, rent a paddle […]

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

The Irazu volcano Costa Rica is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The Irazu volcano is an active stratovolcano in Costa Rica. The name Irazu is derived from an Indian […]

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago, Costa Rica
Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago, Costa Rica

Legends say that a young girl once found a small statue on a rock and took it home. The next day she found the statue back at the rock. Many people wash themselves and drink […]

Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish
Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish

The Ruins of the Temple of the Santiago Apostol Parish are located at the city square of Costa Rica’s old capital city Cartago, about 22 kilometers east of the new capital San Jose. After several earthquakes […]

Border crossing from Costa Rica to Panama
Border crossing from Costa Rica to Panama

I did already many border crossings but this one was by far the worst one. Border crossing from Costa Rica to Panama. Long waiting time, flight ticket to country of residence, 500 USD in cash […]

Independence Day Costa Rica: Hojancha
Independence Day Costa Rica: Hojancha

Independence Day Costa Rica – It all started with the parade of lanterns (desfile de faroles), the evening before the actual Independence Day, to remember the carrying of the torch of freedom from country to country in […]

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