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Found at the heart of the lush rainforests in Central America, the Republic of Costa Rica proves that good things can come in small packages.
Costa Rica is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Long after Spanish rule, Costa Rica continues to be a developing country. It has been recognized for its environmental sustainability efforts, with 99.62% of its energy generated from green sources.
Costa Rica may be one of the smallest countries in America, but it certainly thrives as a world of its own. From its rich biodiversity to its long-rooted culture, Costa Rica is definitely one of the places you’ll have to see for yourself. Watch on to find out these Costa Facts facts yourself!
1:10 Costa Rica earns the most from tourism.
1:23 Costa Rica holds the record for the 12th happiest country on Earth.
1:50 In Costa Rica, people call their lovers oranges.
2:02 The marimba is Costa Rica’s national instrument.
2:22 Costa Rica ranks 13th in the world’s largest coffee exporters.
2:50 Costa Rica trains professional coffee tasters.
3:22 Costa Rica has a 96% literacy rate.
3:42 You can’t drink soda in Costa Rica.
4:05 Lake Michigan is bigger than Costa Rica.
4:20 Costa Rica is the second country with the most bodies of water.
4:37 Costa Rica is home to 200 volcanic formations.
4:51 Only 100 volcanoes have shown any signs of activity.
5:07 The Arenal Volcano is the most active one in Costa Rica.
5:30 The Irazú Volcano is the tallest one in Costa Rica.
5:58 Costa Rica holds the largest isolated island in the world.
6:24 Costa Rica is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
6:39 There’s another country inside Costa Rica.
6:58 The name ‘Costa Rica’ was first used in 1539.
7:10 Costa Rica has no military.
7:22 Costa Rica holds one of the highest life expectancies in the world.
7:45 Penicillin was discovered by a Costa Rican.
8:03 Costa Rica’s main international airport was named after a drummer boy.
8:29 The first Latin-American sent by NASA to space was from Costa Rica.
9:05 Costa Rica is the world’s hummingbird capital.
9:16 Costa Rica has many species of insects.
9:29 The unofficial national drink of Costa Rica is the Guaro.
9:44 The most common breakfast in Costa Rica is the Gallo pinto.
10:08 Costa Ricans refer to male kin as ‘Ticos’ and female kin as ‘Ticas.’
10:29 Three main religious events occur in Costa Rica.
10:49 The national slogan of Costa Rica is ‘Pura Vida’.
11:05 Costa Ricans view soccer as a way of life.
11:24 Towns in Costa Rica held their own local fiestas throughout the year.
11:48 Costa Rica holds an ox cart festival every second Sunday of March.
12:05 Costa Rica hosts the most challenging mountain bike race in the world.
12:26 Costa Rica hosts a race to the peak of its highest mountain and back.