About Costa Rica

Why Costa Rica

Costa Rica is definitely the ideal destination for your meetings and incentive travel events.

Certainly there are many reasons that make Costa Rica a suitable destination for your meetings and incentive programs: from its recognized dedication to the conservation of natural resources, its rich biodiversity and quality hotel infrastructure, to factors such as its recognized political stability, its high quality health services, ease of air access and excellent technological development, which is why many world renowned companies decided to install their regional offices in the country.

Easy air access from major cities in North America and Europe: Two international airports San Jose and Liberia Guanacaste

Strategic location: Costa Rica is Located in Central America, in the tropical region, with a nice and varied climate all year round.

High quality of medical services: The social security system provides universal health coverage to the entire population, immigrants included.

Country of peace: Well-known for its commitment to peace, this is evident in the fact that teachers rather than soldiers founded our country

High level of education: Costa Rica developed a digital focus and today 90% of our elementary and high schools have some form of connectivity and access to digital technologies.

Commitment to sustainability: 95% of energy consumed in the country comes from renewable sources and has the goal of becoming one of the first carbon neutral nations on the planet.

 

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.

Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and it offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to the outstanding academic level of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services and social and political stability.

 

Plants and animals everywhere

Costa Rica´s territory is so small that it encompasses only 0,03% of the planet´s surface but is still within the top 20 richest countries in biodiversity on Earth in terms of species density. It means that it is possible to find more species in 1,000 km2 in Costa Rica that in the same area in countries like Brazil or Colombia.

Let´s use Brazil as an example. Despite being 166.6 times bigger than Costa Rica, Brazil averages 6.5 plant species, 0.2 bird species and 0.05 mammal species per 1.000 km2. Meanwhile, Costa Rica averages 234.8 plant species, 16.9 bird species and 4.6 mammal species in that same 1.000 km2.

In fact, with only 51.100 km2 of total territory, Costa Rica has nearly half a million species, representing 4% of the planet´s expected biodiversity. Are you ready to discover it?

 

Costa Rica´s Little Amazonas

There is a place in Costa Rica where the exuberance of natural wildlife and visitors become one and where the water is a giant mirror reflecting the lush foliage all around. Surrounded by a system of natural canals and lagoons running from southeast to northeast, Tortuguero National Park, located in the Northern Caribbean side, is without any doubt our little Amazonas. It is also one of the most important places in the world for the protection of the green turtle and home of other incredible species such as the manatee, the American crocodile and the Gaspar fish, which is considered a living fossil.

Majestic birds such as the Great Blue Heron, the biggest heron in the country, and the Northern Jacana, very famous in the animal world because the female protects the territory while the male nest s the eggs, populate and thrive in this rich environment. The birds are so diverse that they account for approximately half of the species found in Costa Rica and surpass the number of species found in all Europe. Herbal swamps, marshlands and ‘flooded’ forests are part of this array of diverse habitats.

But Tortuguero is not only about nature. Being on the Caribbean side, it is one of the larger regions of Afro-Caribbean culture in the country. The majority of its population has Jamaican origins and keeps their food, dances and traditions. Their dishes are mostly spicy and many include coconut, turning Tortuguero in a very interesting place to experience nature and culture.

 

Costa Rica´s Marvels of Fire

As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica´s volcanoes are among the most mesmerizing in the world. In fact, the present-day landmass known as Costa Rica is the result of complex volcanic activity that took place some 75 million years ago and still continues today.
Counting every location or crater where an eruption has occurred within its borders, Costa Rica volcanoes boast a stunning 112 sites throughout the country.

Most Costa Rica volcanoes and their surrounding areas have been made into national parks.

One of them is Arenal Volcano, listed among the 10 most active volcanoes in the world and for a good reason: It regularly puts on a spectacle, showing off with strong rumbling sounds and occasional rock avalanches, as well as smoke, ash and lava eruptions that descend its slope at speeds reaching 70 kilometers per hour and temperatures reaching 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Arenal Volcano´s last great eruption took place in 1968. Until then, it was assumed that the volcano was just another peak of the mountain range. The mountain and surrounding area were declared a national park in 1994. Thermal hot springs are now the area’s main attraction, most of which boast nearby trails and numerous lookout points.

 

Perfect Whale´s Tail

The Uvita tombolo or sandy bridge that connects the mainland with a rocky islet, near Dominical Beach, in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica, looks like a perfect whale´s tail in low tide. But more interesting is the fact that the place and surroundings are one of the best spots to watch humpback whales coming from North and South America.

These warm waters are just what these whales are looking for when the winter time arrives to their places of origin. Northern humpbacks are normally seen from December to April and southern humpbacks, from July to October.

The spectacle is amazing taking into account that they can measure up to 16 meters in length and weight up to 40 tons. The name is due to a small hump in front of their dorsal fin that can be very noticeable when they double over to dive into the water: Definitively something to remember, especially when you are lucky enough to watch a female with its little calf.

 

The canopy Tour, Originally from Costa Rica

Born in Costa Rica in the 90s, the canopy tour is the closest experience to enable one to feel like a monkey travelling in the tree tops. It is also one of the best ways to explore the richness of the canopy, where the biggest amount of the forest´s biodiversity is found, and to raise awareness about the rainforest’s fragile ecosystem.

It consists of a series of suspended cables attached from tree to tree on which you can glide along using a pulley that is secured to alpinism equipment (the harness). Cables vary in length (they can measure even 700 meters long!) and end in small wooden platforms built in the tops of trees, which are located up to 100 feet above the jungle floor. The impact to the forest is minimal. This explains why biologists were the first ones who, more than three decades ago, started using this technology for research.

Let´s use Brazil as an example. Despite being 166.6 times bigger than Costa Rica, Brazil averages 6.5 plant species, 0.2 bird species and 0.05 mammal species per 1.000 km2. Meanwhile, Costa Rica averages 234.8 plant species, 16.9 bird species and 4.6 mammal species in that same 1.000 km2.

In fact, with only 51.100 km2 of total territory, Costa Rica has nearly half a million species, representing 4% of the planet´s expected biodiversity. Are you ready to discover it?

 

Costa Rica´s Little Amazonas

There is a place in Costa Rica where the exuberance of natural wildlife and visitors become one and where the water is a giant mirror reflecting the lush foliage all around. Surrounded by a system of natural canals and lagoons running from southeast to northeast, Tortuguero National Park, located in the Northern Caribbean side, is without any doubt our little Amazonas. It is also one of the most important places in the world for the protection of the green turtle and home of other incredible species such as the manatee, the American crocodile and the Gaspar fish, which is considered a living fossil.

Majestic birds such as the Great Blue Heron, the biggest heron in the country, and the Northern Jacana, very famous in the animal world because the female protects the territory while the male nest s the eggs, populate and thrive in this rich environment. The birds are so diverse that they account for approximately half of the species found in Costa Rica and surpass the number of species found in all Europe. Herbal swamps, marshlands and ‘flooded’ forests are part of this array of diverse habitats.

But Tortuguero is not only about nature. Being on the Caribbean side, it is one of the larger regions of Afro-Caribbean culture in the country. The majority of its population has Jamaican origins and keeps their food, dances and traditions. Their dishes are mostly spicy and many include coconut, turning Tortuguero in a very interesting place to experience nature and culture.

 

Costa Rica´s Marvels of Fire

As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica´s volcanoes are among the most mesmerizing in the world. In fact, the present-day landmass known as Costa Rica is the result of complex volcanic activity that took place some 75 million years ago and still continues today.
Counting every location or crater where an eruption has occurred within its borders, Costa Rica volcanoes boast a stunning 112 sites throughout the country.

Most Costa Rica volcanoes and their surrounding areas have been made into national parks.

One of them is Arenal Volcano, listed among the 10 most active volcanoes in the world and for a good reason: It regularly puts on a spectacle, showing off with strong rumbling sounds and occasional rock avalanches, as well as smoke, ash and lava eruptions that descend its slope at speeds reaching 70 kilometers per hour and temperatures reaching 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Arenal Volcano´s last great eruption took place in 1968. Until then, it was assumed that the volcano was just another peak of the mountain range. The mountain and surrounding area were declared a national park in 1994. Thermal hot springs are now the area’s main attraction, most of which boast nearby trails and numerous lookout points.

 

Perfect Whale´s Tail

The Uvita tombolo or sandy bridge that connects the mainland with a rocky islet, near Dominical Beach, in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica, looks like a perfect whale´s tail in low tide. But more interesting is the fact that the place and surroundings are one of the best spots to watch humpback whales coming from North and South America.

These warm waters are just what these whales are looking for when the winter time arrives to their places of origin. Northern humpbacks are normally seen from December to April and southern humpbacks, from July to October.

The spectacle is amazing taking into account that they can measure up to 16 meters in length and weight up to 40 tons. The name is due to a small hump in front of their dorsal fin that can be very noticeable when they double over to dive into the water: Definitively something to remember, especially when you are lucky enough to watch a female with its little calf.

 

The canopy Tour, Originally from Costa Rica

Born in Costa Rica in the 90s, the canopy tour is the closest experience to enable one to feel like a monkey travelling in the tree tops. It is also one of the best ways to explore the richness of the canopy, where the biggest amount of the forest´s biodiversity is found, and to raise awareness about the rainforest’s fragile ecosystem.

It consists of a series of suspended cables attached from tree to tree on which you can glide along using a pulley that is secured to alpinism equipment (the harness). Cables vary in length (they can measure even 700 meters long!) and end in small wooden platforms built in the tops of trees, which are located up to 100 feet above the jungle floor. The impact to the forest is minimal. This explains why biologists were the first ones who, more than three decades ago, started using this technology for research.

 

Conquering the force of wáter

Every adventurer and nature lover should take the opportunity to experience white water rafting in Costa Rica. The reason is simple: you will have not only world-class rapids, but also a stunning tropical landscape, where you can see a great variety of wildlife while running the tranquil stretches and getting ready for more action.

Turbulent waters can be experienced by people of all ages starting from 12 year-olds and who can choose between rapids of class II for beginners, to class IV for the more experienced or adrenaline junkies. This feat involves the ability to keep a raft afloat, led by a guide, as the rest of the crew rows in synch with the rapids.

If you are new to this sport, you can try the Sarapiquí or Corobici rivers. Other rivers like Reventazon have sections for beginners and amazing turbulent waters for the experienced, while if you are looking for a very robust trip, you can not miss the Naranjo and the Pacuare rivers.

This last one, located on the Caribbean side, offers the longest and more spectacular experience, including a two-day trip, where you camp in the middle of the forest and explore waterfalls, cross the river canyon and take a refreshing dip in the tranquil river sections. It is also possible that herons, toucans, sloths and howler monkeys will give you a warm welcome to a place that you will never forget.