What is Costa Rica Famous/Known For?

Happiness

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Costa Rica is known for its enchanting landscape and ever-growing biodiversity. Also, the way of lifestyle of its citizens is something to emulate. These are some famous things Costa Rica is famous for. Costa Rica is considered Number 1 on the index of Happy Planets. Some criteria were used to determine the overall level of happiness among 151 countries, and Costa Rica topped the charts with 64.0. Life expectancy is very high in this country. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Hummingbirds

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Costa Rica is home to over 50 species of hummingbirds. Generally, the total number of hummingbirds in the world amount to about 338 species.  The largest species of hummingbird in Costa Rica called the Violet Sabrewing weighs 11.5g while the smallest weighs 2gs. Speaking of flying creatures, Costa Rica is home to thousands of butterflies. About 90% of the butterflies in Central America are from Costa Rica. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Biodiversity

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Costa Rica is home to about 5% of the world’s total biodiversity. Costa Rica is not the largest of countries, but it is home to a plethora of the biodiversity of the Earth’s surface. There are about half a million species of biodiversity in this country. The Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica is the most biologically diverse region on Earth. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Size

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Costa Rica is about 19,730 squares miles. It occupies a space that is less than Lake Michigan which has a measurement of about 22,394 square miles. Costa Rica contains nearly 1,290km of water. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Volcanic Country

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Costa Rica is filled with so many volcanic mountains; there are more than 200 volcanic rock formations in the country. More than 100 of the formations are very active. About 60 of these volcanic rocks are still dormant. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Country without army

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There are 23 countries in the world without an army, and Costa Rica is one of them. The country which does not believe in wars signed a treaty to abolish their national army in the 1950s. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

High life expectancy

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Costa Rica is one of the countries of the world with high life expectancy rate. The average lifespan of a Costa Rica citizen is 80 years of age. Nicoya district in Costa Rica has been certified a Blue Zone hotspot in the world. This is why the citizens greet themselves by saying ‘Pura Vida’ which means ‘Pure life’. Imagine if this could spread around the world, everyone would live forever. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

UNESCO World Heritage Zone

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Unlike some countries that have just one or two World Heritage Sites, Costa Rica is home to 4 sites that have been approved by UNESCO as their World Heritage Sites. These include; La Amistad National Park, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Cocos Island National Park and Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Citizens

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The locals of this beautiful country refer to themselves as Ticos and Ticas which means male and female respectively. They use the lovely endearments to refer to their partners. Do not be surprised to hear a man refer to his wife as ‘Naranja.’ Naranja means half of an orange. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

Tourism

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Costa Rica is an eco-tourist country. Thanks to her divine beauty, lush landscape, lovely stretches of oceans and a few side attractions which make it a go-to spot for vacation. Tourism is the major source of revenue generation in the country. It has been for over 20 years. In 2013, about 2.4 million tourists visited Costa Rica.