If you love to travel to exotic destinations and if you are an avid wildlife enthusiast, then, do plan your next vacation in Costa Rica. This rugged country from Central America has coastlines on the Pacific and the Caribbean. It is renowned for its volcanoes, beaches, and biodiversity. A vast expanse of its area has protected jungles thronging with rare wildlife like the quetzal birds and the spider monkeys. Its capital, San Jose, has famous cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.
Read on further to know about some interesting facts about this country:
- The females in this country call themselves as ticas and the males as ticos. Ticos address their spouses as ‘media naranja’ which means the ‘other half of their orange.’
- Ticos out here can be often seen walking around with a machete and that is no big deal as it holds an ancient significance in the country.
- Though the country can be said to be smaller than Lake Michigan, it has vast expanses of beaches totaling -around 801 miles.
- Costa Rica has 7 active volcanoes out of 121 volcanic formations. The Arenal volcano is rated amongst the ten most active volcanoes in the Earth.
- 5% of the world’s biodiversity belongs to Costa Rica with about 10% of butterflies in the planet, 750,000 species of insects, and 20,000 varieties of spiders.
- The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, won with the largest ever recorded margin of 77% of votes in the 2014 election. It also had Laura Chinchilla as the first female president of a Latin American country.
- The peace-loving country doesn’t have a standing army and abolished its last one in the year 1948, after the last civil war.
- In this very liberal country, the ticas do not use their husband’s last name after marriage and, instead, keep their maiden name throughout their lives. Children do take their father’s last name but also add themaiden name of the mother in their full name.
- Costa Ricans believed wearing shorts as a disrespectful sign until a few years ago and visitors wearing shorts were not allowed in government buildings.
- Their ice-cream flavors are interesting and weird. They include wild blackberry, peanut, sour cream, goat cheese, and many more as ice-cream flavors.
- The country is over-flooded with 52 species of hummingbirds.
- For a goodbye salutation, Costa Ricans use ‘PuraVida’ which is a happy and feel-good expression.
Being a small place, they do not use addresses or street numbers. They give directions by referring to landmarks.
- It has a literacy rate of 96%. The government ensures to educate poor people living in rural areas through programs taught through the national radio system.
- It has a modern healthcare system and Costa Ricans mostly live up till 79, which is the highest life expectancy in the world. The Nicoya Peninsula has a lot of people over the age of 100 years.
- It has beautiful mountain ranges like the Central, and theTilaran ranges, among other. These mountain ranges have a rich biodiversity, active and non-active volcanoes, and rare wildlife. Clearly, Costa Rica is a country worth visiting, especially for nature lovers.