In 1948, Costa Rica abolished its army in order to more fully devote resources to education and environmental protection.
Reputedly discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, the Costa Rican territory has been occupied by indigenous people since prehistoric times.
Flora & Fauna
Costa Rica only takes up about 0.03 percent of the planet's surface, yet it is home to six percent of the planet's recognised biodiversity!
The indigenous people who lived in Costa Rica prior to the arrival of Europeans constructed over 300 perfectly spherical sculptures. The meaning behind these stone spheres remains a mystery!
Costa Rica is home to one of the largest colonies of sea turtles in the world, observable at the Ostional Beach on the Pacific Coast.
An Economy Based on Tourism
With over two million visitors a year, Costa Rica's economy depends overwhelmingly on responsible tourism.
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