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Costa Rica Travel Information

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Capital : San José

Population: 4.8 million

Languages: National or official languages: Spanish

Entry requirements: A Canadian passport valid 6 months after return is required to enter Costa Rica. - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - For accurate info, please consult:

Time change: GMT - 6

Currency: The local currency is the Costa Rican colon.

Electricity: The electricity is 110 volts.

Best Buys: :Coffee, jewel, ceramic and hammock.

Climate: The dry season of Costa Rica lasts from December to April. The rainy season extends from May to November. Costa Rica provides many different temperatures varying from tropical on the coastal plains to mild in the interior highlands depending on altitude. Throughout the country, the warmest months are March – May. Although the country lies in the tropics, it still contains at least one dozen distinct climatic zones and is markedly diverse in local microclimates, which can make generalizations about temperature and rain misleading.

Food: Costa Rican food incorporates several staples of Latin American cuisine yet differentiates itself by being much healthier with the inclusion of an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Casado is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions. Gallo Pinto is the typical breakfast in Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans mixed together (not separate like the casado), fried or scrambled eggs, chopped beef, fried plantains, and tortillas. A popular custom in Costa Rica is to pour Salsa Lizano over the gallo pinto. Salsa Lizano is a sweet greenish brown salsa with the faintest hint of spice.

Health: There is no risk in Costa Rica. For more information contact a traveler’s clinic.

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