Costa Rica Study Tour
Costa Rica is one of the nations in Latin America where the majority of their citizens are very proud of their country. In 1949 they became the first nation in the Americas to eliminate its army. A fact that many Costa Ricans or Ticos attribute to their tendency to settle any disagreements with other nations peacefully through dialogue and compromise.
The Government has done a magnificent work increasing the life expectancy of their citizens to actually become the highest in Latin America, thanks to years of spending and working on several improvements such as clean piped water, vaccinations, nutrition, and health education as well as to a health insurance program that covers almost everyone.
Costa Rica’s admirable reputation of peace, stability and emphasis on education has attracted numerous foreign investors. All of this along with their natural beauty attracts over two millions foreign visitors on a yearly basis. Those that stay more than a few weeks will find that much of its reputation its well deserved.
Costa Rica has an area of 51,000.00 square kilometers (20,000 square miles), or approximately twice the size of Vermont. Its location is between Nicaragua and Panama in the narrow isthmus of southern Central America. Its maximum length from northwest to southwest is 484 kilometers, its minimum width 119 Kilometers from the Pacific to the Caribbean.
Divided into seven provinces; San Jose, Cartago, Punta Arenas, Limon, Punta Arenas, Heredia, Alajuela and Guanacaste. Costa Rica has long been called “La Suiza Centroamericana” (The Switzerland of Central America), which is a recognition with the nation known for its spectacular landscapes and pacifism; nearly half of the total population (approximately 4.5 million) of the country lives in the Central Valley, nestled within an impressive mountain range that is topped with volcanoes.
Costa Rica is one of the more culturally homogeneous countries in...