Costa Rican’s have good reasons to be proud of these (51,100 km/2) 19,730 square miles of the Central American isthmus.
Amid regional warfare, poverty, illness and underdevelopment, Costa Rican’s have carved an Oasis of relative well-being. And they’ve done it with good humor, vision, ingenuity, public debate and plenty of luck.
As a result , this nation of 4 millions has more to show off than it’s two coastlines of palm-fringed sand and surf, rumbling volcanoes, intricate ecosystems boasting some of the world’s most beautiful samplings of exotic flora and fauna and a national park system that protects 25% percent of national territory. Active tectonic plates and a ‘ fire down below’ that regularly vents it’s pent-up rage through five active volcanoes – Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja, Poas, Irazu and Turrialba – make Costa Rica a mountainous nation with a geographical feel of something still in progress.
Another seven volcanoes – Tenorio, Miravalles, Orosi, Cacho Negro, Platanar and Barva – are “sleeping’’ but could grumble to life at any time. And extinct volcanoes number 100 on land and 100 at sea approximately.
The abundance of these fire mountains both sleeping and active, gives rise to dozens of ‘micro climates’ responsible for the country’s biodiversity.
Two coasts, and amazing variety of climates and a geographical foothold between two continents, Costa Rica is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.
This distinction is even more amazing considering the country’s diminutive size of just 19,730 square miles. Barely 0,03 percent of all flora and fauna on earth.
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