About Costa Rica
The "Tico's" love there homeland and for good reason, the peaceful life, wonderful and beautiful landscape, incredible sports 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 stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure a great country.
It is located in Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. The country covers less than 0.03% of the earth's surface yet contains 5% of the planet's animal and plant species. Over 9000 plant species (including 1200 varieties of orchids), 2000 types of butterflies and 876 bird species are present in Costa Rica.
This small country with just 19,575 square miles (50,700 square kilometers), is big for they're people, population 3,014,000. Costa Ricans are usually referred to as "ticos" by themselves and persons of other Spanish-speaking countries, instead of using the more-formal costarricenses.
Land of peace, Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America with more than 100 years of political stability.