With Costa Rica as our new destination, Group Sales Executive Andres Castro reports from the land of Pura Vida with a few things you should know about this ecological paradise that is the Central American nation.
The meaning of “Pura Vida”
“Pura Vida” is the national expression of Costa Rica. The essence of pura vida is based on the simplicity of living a a good life, and being calm, cool and connected tropical style. In fact, a recent study determined that Costa Rica is one of the happiest places on the entire planet!
The land of ticos and ticas
Like the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica, locals prefer a much easier moniker than the long-winded “Costa Ricans.” Just call them ticos (tica if the person in question is female). Shorter, easier to pronounce and tropical.
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Volcanoes by the sea
Situated between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, Costa Rica is a geographically blessed nation that boasts a variety of climates and landscapes that go from sunny beach to an exuberant rainforest surrounding a volcano. In fact, of the country’s 121 volcanic formations, seven of them are active, such as the Arenal volcano located in the Guanacaste province.
Costa Rican cuisine
The most popular foods, inherited from the ancient indigenous that inhabited the land, are tamales, tortillas, corn, beans, potatoes, yuccas and “ayote,” which is a type of pumpkin. Don’t forget that rice is also a very important ingredient in Costa Rican cuisine. For instance, a common Costa Rican dish is the “Casado,” which means married in Spanish in reference to the combination of white rice and beans. The dish is served with a salad, fried plantain and either pork, beef or chicken.
Perfect land for a great coffee
Costa Rica is a top coffee producer and dishes out one of the best quality coffees in the world. Every single coffee producer uses an established artisanal method, and each harvest the beans are collected by hand, which will guarantee an extraordinary delight with each and every sip.
Costa Rica, by law, only produces one type of coffee, “Arabica” which requires specific environmental conditions such as height, rich soil, temperature and rainfall, to reach international quality standards.
You can’t leave Costa Rica without having a cup of coffee.
When nature calls, Costa Rica replies
Costa Rica is—without a doubt—one of the top eco-friendly destinations on the entire planet. Much more than just a place of beautiful beaches and tropical sunshine, Costa Rica boasts some of the most vibrant and diverse ecosystems that can be found anywhere on Earth. For instance, an estimated 5% of the world’s entire biodiversity can be found in this small Central American nation, which has designated an entire 25% of its territory as environmentally protected.
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