About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a 100-year strong democracy with an American-friendly attitude. It is located in Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. With coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and mountains as high as 12,500 feet, Costa Rica offers a wealth of habitats and climates. The country covers less than 0.03% of the earth’s surface yet contains 5% of the planet’s animal and plant species. Over 9000 plant species (including 1200 varieties of orchids), 2000 types of butterflies and 876 bird species are present in Costa Rica. In addition, there are 220 reptile, 180 amphibian and 35,000 insect varieties to be seen. The country’s four million residents (Ticos) are primarily Spanish speakers.