Lush. Superlative. Peaceful. The eco-capital of America is Head Quarter for daydreams.

With the largest species density in the world and a quarter of the country nestled in national parks, the botanical wonders of Costa Rica are unique. Costa Rica is known for pioneering environmental work and has a remarkable political strategy: the military was abolished in 1948 and the budget invested in security, education and culture. Now it is considered the luckiest country in the world and is safe, fascinating and inviting. Embark on a canoe expedition on the waters of the Tortuguero National Park: a dense jungle of mangrove swamps on the Caribbean coast; Discover the famous Corcovado National Park, run by a world-renowned zoologist to protect native species such as tapirs, toucans, hummingbirds and macaws. Experience white water rafting on the Pacuare River. Take off in a helicopter to see the smoke rising above an active volcano. Watch the arrival of sea turtles from olive groves. Discover some of the 500 native orchid species. Take a selfie with a sloth family as they trek through the jungle. Admire the luscious green of the jungle in the Manuel Antonio National Park or see pelicans on the Jurassic coast plunge into the water. Enjoy your free time and evenings in loft-style eco-lodges, luxurious eco-hotels tucked away in the depths of the jungle or dreamy beachfront villas.

WOW MOMENTS COSTA RICA

SPINNER DOLPHINS

National Geographic meets James Bond – a team of biologists searches for the world’s largest collection of spinner dolphins by plane and steers your yacht by radio to this natural spectacle. Thousands of acrobatic jumps, thousands of ohs and ahs … dare you into the water?

FREEDIVING

The dream of weightlessness. Absolute silence and loneliness, no aids. Concentration, focus on yourself, focus on breathing. Just stay calm and keep going, further down. How deep can you go?

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, COMMUNITIY AND MUSIC

Creative, passionate musicians speak and narrate with their instruments. A chorus of tuned drums, percussion and vocals sounds to create a piece of music together. The feet in the sand, the sounds of the waves and the pulsing tribal beats of the performers make this jam session one of the most interesting you have ever attended. You can play along and dance on the white dream beach! Experience traditional storytelling through dance, beautiful costumes and the intoxicating freedom of life’s natural rhythms through music.

WITH THE HORSE TO THE GOURMET PICNIC

It does not always have to be a restaurant. So why book a table if you can have a whole beach? Why arrive by taxi if you can arrive by horse? Such unique, extraordinary moments enrich in every way and remain unforgettable!

IN THE SADDLE TO THE SEA

Become a witness of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom on miles of private trails in the jungle and the sea. Gallop through the shimmering, ethereal glow of the sun through the tropical dry forest and along the kilometer-long secluded white sandy beach. Get off your horse and dip your toe into the sea. Be amazed that you have the entire beach for yourself.

WITH THE RAFTING BOAT TO THE DSCHUNGELLODGE

Why by jeep to the lodge in the jungle, if you can also arrive by raft? Must arrive. Because there are no roads. Pure wilderness. And out? By raft … or by helicopter? Feel like? Extraordinary travel makes your wonderful life even more extraordinary.

DINNER IN THE NEST

Enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars of Costa Rica on a platform built in the branches of a century old kapok tree 60 feet above the jungle floor and considered by the ancient Mayas to be a sacred tree. Experience how the day is slowly coming to an end and the jungle is sinking into darkness. Listen to the sounds of the night, listen in pairs to a very special orchestra and watch from a bird’s eye view, as nocturnal wildlife slowly crawl out of their holes.

A FOREST A DEVELOPMENT MODEL

Experimental Forest is a dream come true of a visionary. Daniel Janzen is an impressive biologist who has decided to turn a deforestation area into a sustainable development model. As you drive through the countryside, your private guide will show you which aspects have been particularly important to the development and the farm. A very special experience here is the view from above! As? Climb the treetops with a toprope fuse. Back under your feet, beautiful hammocks and refreshing drinks await you.

SURFING – PURA VIDA

Surfing is a unique sport. It requires a fine balance of talent, experience, physical strength and a strong instinct to swim with the unpredictable waves. The unpredictability is the core of this sport and at the same time a philosophy of life. Similar to life, they always give the surfer tingling challenges. Waves come and go and you have to ride them. You just can not help it, because each one is unique. Surfer chase after the most impressive and perfect waves around the globe. With this uniqueness, unpredictability and yet a certain predictability thanks to geographical conditions and patterns, the risk becomes calculable. Costa Rica has hundreds of fantastic beaches for surfing and decades of surfing enthusiasts as well as professionals. Experienced surf instructors will make you face this challenge.

DEEP SEA SUBMARINE

An experience like in a James Bond movie is here for you. They enter a seemingly limitless, largely unexplored world, reserved for only a few privileged scientists and military personnel. At 1000 feet underwater they float through the depths of the sea and feel the inclinations and twists of the submarine, which will create a pleasant sense of peace and freedom and will overwhelm you. Meet hammerhead sharks, giant jellyfish, eagle rays or a fully transparent octopus. The farther you go, the more often you encounter rare marine life that can only be found in the depths of the ocean. A mesmerizing underwater show will unfold before your eyes, opening a new world for you and still mesmerizing you with that calmness.

SHARK TAGGING

Board a yacht with a research team to mark and track hammerhead sharks. Spend the day on one of the world’s largest protected marine areas, Golfo Dulce. The boat leads to the mouth of the Rio Coto. This estuary is a prolific habitat known as the Hammerhead Shelter. Currently, this area is considered overfished for shark fishing. In fact, the IUCN Red List considers the hammerhead shark as a threatened and endangered species. They will help collect scientific data on shark fisheries and identify and describe critical habitats. They help researchers to fish, measure, tag and document shark information. They have the opportunity to “adopt” and name their own shark and then receive data and reports on their travels, whereabouts and growth throughout their lifetime.

A SEAODYSEE WITH CULINARY TERMS

Along the rich Pacific coast of Costa Rica begins your sea Odyssey. Look down and listen to the soft rush of water under the hull. Look up to feel the salty air on your face. Keep your eyes peeled as you look out over the crystal clear waters, where you can see dolphins, whales, manta rays, big sea turtles and much more! Go snorkelling and explore the wild and exciting underwater world. Settle on a pristine, secluded white sand beach and relax in paradise. Lounge in the hammocks while the crew prepares a fresh fish for you so that you can enjoy this wonderful place also culinary.

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Season / Weather / Climate

Although Costa Rica is a small country in terms of area, it can be divided into several climates. Although Costa Rica is generally considered a tropical country because of its proximity to the equator, Costa Rica has no real winter period and the sun shines here all year round. The weather is classified into a dry and a humid season. They have about 12 hours of sunshine daily. The sun rises at 5:45 and goes under at 17:45 all year round. The main reason for the diversity in Costa Rica is that Costa Rica has the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other side as its natural border. Of course, the weather changes with altitude. For example, Guanacaste, which is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, has a dry climate, while Tortuguero, which is only about 210 km (as the crow flies) from the Caribbean Ocean, is very humid and has wet weather all year round. The Central Valley with San Jose enjoys the best climate in the country. The temperature here is on average 22 degrees. Due to the cool breeze coming from the coast, it feels a bit cooler. In the highlands, the average temperature is about 13 degrees, while in the lowlands or at sea level, the temperature remains constant at about 26 degrees, accompanied by hot days and sultry evenings. The average annual temperature in Costa Rica is 21 to 27 degrees. The coolest months of the year are November, December and January. The months of March to May are the hottest months of the year. In Costa Rica there is no real summer or winter. The rainy season lasts from May to November. The heaviest rains occur in the months of September and October. In the months of December to April, it hardly rains. While the average rainfall in the country is about 1.7 liters, in some mountainous areas there are up to 700 liters of rainfall annually. Also remember that the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is unique and has its own microclimate. Since the weather is hot and humid all year round, there is no real dry season

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Time

The time difference compared to the Central European summer time is -8 hours. During the winter, you have a time difference between Germany and Costa Rica of -7 hours.

Language

As varied and colorful as the country is, so diverse is the language in Costa Rica. The official language is Spanish – but this is spoken in a country-specific nature. There are also some words that are not available outside of Costa Rica. In addition to the official language Spanish, English is also spoken. Especially on the Caribbean coast you get along well, if you speak English. Furthermore, around a dozen other languages ​​are still spoken in the country. Several indigenous languages ​​such as Bribri, Maleku, Guatuso, Cabecar, Ngabere, Guaymi and Bocotá. Mekatelyu (Creole English) is spoken by more than 55,000 people on the Caribbean coast. The diversity of these languages ​​does not always make it easy for individual tourists, but contributes to the charm of Costa Rica and to the culture and history of Costa Rica.

To eat and drink

As different as the landscapes and the climate is the cuisine of Costa Rica. In principle, you will find excellent French, Italian, Mexican and Chinese restaurants in the major cities of Costa Rica. If you prefer it however country-typical you should visit so-called “Sodas”. Here, fresh and local dishes are served. Typical specialties are “Casados” consisting of meat, beans, rice, cabbage and plantain or you can try “Sopa Negra” consisting of black beans with poached egg. Typical drinks are for example “Horchata” or “Pinolillo”.

Population

Costa Rica is home to approximately 4.7 million people. The inhabitants of Costa Rica, who call themselves Ticos and Ticas, are for the most part descendants of the Spanish conquerors. The proportion of black people and mulattos, which are mainly found on the Caribbean coast, is less than 3 percent. With only 25,000 inhabitants, the part of the Indian native population makes up only a very small part. The Catholic religion is influential throughout Latin America. Costa Rica is for the most part a Christian country and the Roman Catholic denomination is state religion in Costa Rica. 77 percent of the population of Costa Rica are Roman Catholics, 14 percent belong to the Protestant Church. The remainder is divided into smaller groups such as e.g. the witnesses Jehovah. Faith plays a central role in Costa Rican life. This is also evident in the many Christian signs, such as crosses, images of the saints, statues of Mary, etc., which hang in buses, public facilities, taxis, squares, etc. The distribution between men and women is relatively equal. The average life expectancy of humans is about 79 years.

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