POPULATION 300,00 CITY, 1.5 MIL METRO
CAPITAL CITY AND CULTURAL CENTER
GATEWAY TO DAY TRIPS
VOLCANO POAS LIES 40 MINUTES AWAY
HISTORICAL GEM: TEATRO NACIONAL
If you love to explore nature, then Costa Rica will be study abroad experience since it is a country where almost half of the land is covered by forests. In fact, 20% of the territory is made up of forest reserves. There are dozens of national reserves and parks. However, Costa Rica is as famous for its brilliant green vegetation as it is for its white sand, secluded beaches that face two oceans.
If it couldn't sound any more exciting, the country also sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has over 200 volcanic formations, although only five of Costa Rica’s volcanoes -- Arenal, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, Orosi and Irazu -- are considered active.
We still haven't even touched on the variety of flora and fauna that call this country home. Close to a thousand species of birds, hundred of mammals, and over ten thousand species of plants cover this relatively small country. Keep in mind that Costa Rica is approximately half the size of the state of Kentucky!
The people of Costa Rica are called "Ticos" and are often counted among the most friendly people in the world. Ticos are considered to be gentled, spirited, educated, friendly, polite, and kind people. There are of course exceptions, but students should expect to be made welcome everywhere they go.
Although the capital, San Jose, is a large, densely populated city it possesses a certain charm as a result of being the central hub of the nation. Chepe, as the city is referred to by locals, is a cosmopolitan city that can be categorized as a hybrid of a modern North American metropolis and a standard Central American capital. The city, like the rest of the Central Valley, is always at a pleasant temperature year round. In addition, it is just a short distance from beaches, volcanoes, rain forests and national parks.
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