Costa Rica is a fascinating place to visit. Although this tiny Central American country only takes up 0.03% of the landmass of the world, it holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity, which means the land is incredibly rich in its habitats. It also has the biggest percentage of protected lands in the world, with 1/4 of the land considered a national park. For all these reasons, including all the delicious food, history, and culture, make Costa Rica an intriguing and highly educational place to visit.
If you want to see a completely different side of the world, including one that has all but eliminated deforestation, you must put Costa Rica at the top of your travel list.
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and there is a ton of culture and art in the city. There are many art galleries in the capital, including ones like Galeria Namu, which display works of art and many other handmade goods that are made by the indigenous folks of Costa Rica. This gallery is also a fair trade gallery, which means that the artists get paid immediately and at a fair price, which means you can shop with a conscience.
There is also great other kinds of shopping in the city, including the Mercado Central. This is a huge market that has so many different stalls and vendors, which are all selling anything from trinkets to food and meat. This is a great place to see locals and to eat some of the local cuisines.
What to Eat
Because of all the biodiversity in Costa Rica, their produce is also very varied and unique. Costa Rica is known for its exotic fruits which are a must eat while you’re there. Some of these include momon chinos, pitaya, passion fruit, and so much more. You can find them sold everywhere including right on the street or the side of a road.
Arenal Volcano National Park is an absolute must-see when you’re in Costa Rica. This park has a picturesque volcano surrounded by an enormous amount of forest, tons of waterfalls, and more. You can even go horseback riding through the park which is so magical.
La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in the country, and for good reason. The waterfall itself is 230 feet high, and after hiking there, you will want to swim in the pool of water beneath it. The green-blue water is so mesmerizing, and the sounds of the animals within the forest make it for an unforgettable experience.
Cano Island Biological Reserve
If you want to experience marine life and all the biodiversity within the waters of Costa Rica, the Cano Island Biological Reserve is somewhere you have to get to. The waters are warm and perfect for snorkeling. There are many coral reefs teeming with life from tropical fish, to turtles. Off the reef, it is common to have dolphins and whales hanging out, which is really a once in a lifetime thing to witness.