Costa Rica Culture Paper

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Ever wanted to go south to a Latin American country? Well there is plenty to choose from but my best pick of where to go would be to this little, beautiful country culturally and physically, called Costa Rica. You don't believe me, huh? Decide for yourself.

Costa Rica's general information
Costa Rica is currently at the population of 4,500,000. The national territory is 31,682 square miles. If you compare that to size of the United States at 3.79 million square miles, its a very small piece of land. The capital is San Jose located in almost the middle of the country. Spanish is the official language, like many of the other surrounding countries. Their currency is called colon which was named after Christopher Columbus. Catholic is their official religion although they do allow freedom of other beliefs. The Political system is a democracy in which they elect officials like America. Their national bird is the Yigüirro, also known as Turdus Grayi. The national flower is Purple Guaria Orchid. Along with that they have a national tree which is the Guanacaste, or the Enterolobium cyclocarpum.

Costa Rica has two main seasons, a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. The average temperature for the central valley is 72 degrees Fahrenheit, while on the beaches and costal areas it ranges from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The country has three major airports: The Juan Santamaria International Airport is located in Alajuela 10 minutes from the capital, and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste. In Pavas, there is the Tobias Bolaños Airport, which handles domestic flights.

All information was found at:
http://www.guiascostarica.com/info.htm

Places of interest
The first thing you look for when you visit a new country is what there is to do there. Costa Rica has many attractions for a lovely vacation. • Shrouded in clouds, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has a unique air of mystery to it. A distinctive mountain rainforest where the humidity is typically 100 percent, Monteverde is home to very many different species of animals and plants.

One of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, Arenal is a sight to see. Visit La Fortuna, a tiny town near the base of the volcano where they have a Hot Spring where you can relax. • The Corcovado National Park, together with Drake Bay, has become a tourist place for those who have a love for nature and the coast. • Located in Puntarenas, Playa Dominical is a tourist destination because of its world famous surf beach. Specifically a region between the beach towns of Dominical and Ojochal, Costa Ballena, is becoming an increasingly popular beach destination. With lowly populated beaches, untouched rain forest and, some of the most consistent waves in the world. • Nosara is a beach community, ideal for a surfer or nature lover's vacation. This corner of Costa Rica has had both the protection of the national park system, as well as the efforts of the local citizens association that keep the beaches pristine and make sure hundreds of acres of protected forest is not interfered with by small-scale development. • Located in the highlands of San Jose, the picturesque towns of Grecia, Sarchi and San Ramon provides an escape from city life. Communities to get an up close view of Tico culture, places like Sarchi are known for its intricate and artistic wooden handicrafts.

All information found at: http://www.govisitcostarica.com/travelInfo/10-top-destinations.asp

Music
The Caribbean coast has a strong African influence in percussion rhythms like sinkit. The marimba is a very popular instrument, and Costa Rican marimba music is very popular. Now days, groups like Cantares have helped to make Costa Rican folk music more popular, and were a leading part of the New Costa Rican Song movement. Costa Rica's pre-Columbian population has contributed a big part of the country's...
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