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Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has 4% of global biodiversity and the country has attracted tropical biologists and ecologists and nature-loving visitors seeking a peaceful vacation. The country is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

The country is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four types of forest and more than 500 species of flora and fauna, with more than 26 percent of its territory comprising national parks and other protected areas.

Costa Rica is included among the world’s 20 most diverse countries, being probably the first of these in terms of density of species. The country is divided in to 11 Conservation Areas, which include 166 public protected areas and 140 private areas protected under different management categories. 26.5% of the territory enjoys some type of protected status.

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Costa Rica - Google News


Tourist Companies on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula Say No to Plastics
Parques nacionales se remozan para atender mejor al turismo - Nacion
Costa Rica conocerá aporte de sus activos naturales al crecimiento económico del país
Mob of tourists at Costa Rica's Ostional Beach prevents sea turtles from nesting
Sea turtles' chance to beat extinction destroyed by a selfie
Ostional: perspectiva y contexto
Costa Rica: What went wrong?

2018 Elections


Indigenous Cultures
‘Little Devils’ Game’ honors Boruca past


Tico Times - @theticotimes - Facebook

Flickr Groups

Re-Imagining North American Ecotourism
Biodiversity of Central America / Biodiversidad de Centroamerica
Costa Rica Group
CC-licensed Costa Rica

Tourism Portals

Visit Costa Rica - @Visit_CostaRica - Facebook






Costa Rica
Gulf of Papagayo


Costa Rica
Costa Rica News
San José



Territorio de Zaguates

The Land of Stray Dogs, or Territorio de Zaguates in Costa Rica is considered one of the best places on the planet for a dog to live. This sprawling refuge allows all of its 900 citizens to range free during the day. They are given fresh flowing water intermittently over the whole property and are given a bed in a sheltered structure where volunteers go to feed and bathe the dogs.

This free range sanctuary explores how a free range environment improves health and adoptability. It is a no kill shelter. Each dog is given a name and a unique breed name of their own (for their egos, lol). If you wish to adopt you can schedule a walking hike on their property, and if any of them choose you, you will be allowed to adopt them.

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2014 Election,_2014

Headlines: The investigation of Jairo Mora’s death (May 31, 2013)

Little has changed 1 year after slaying of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora
Why Jairo died
Uno de 4 cuatro hogares ticos tiene animales en cautiverio - Nacion
Officials will designate Costa Rican beach where conservationist was murdered as a protected wildlife area
Still no suspects in slaying of Costa Rican conservationist
In Costa Rica, a peace vigil for slain turtle conservationist Jairo Mora
Murdered conservationist had been chased by AK-47-wielding poachers
Protectores de tortugas pidieron ayuda a Fuerza Pública; llamado “cayó en oídos sordos”
Turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval found murdered on Playa Moín in Costa Rica
Costa Rican environmentalist who fought to protect turtles found dead on beach
Costa Rican Turtle Defender Found Slain on the Beach He Patrolled - New York Times
Rising Aggression Against Turtle Conservationists Preceded Costa Rica Slaying - New York Times (blog)
Turtle conservationist shot dead 'by poachers' on Costa Rica beach
Justice for Jairo, who was murdered by poachers for protecting sea turtles -

Elsewhere on the Web

Fundación Neotrópical
Project Green Jungle
La Selva - - - -


Costa Rica's waste management is improving with more recycling programs. Cities are now using yellow containers to collect plastic bottles, newspapers, aluminum cans and paper cartons. Recicle Escazú is the oldest recycling program in the country.


Hotels Polluting Rivers in Costa Rica - Teletica Telenoticias
Wikileaks: 'Costa Rica is not paradise' - Tico Times

Parks and Protected Areas

The National Parks and Wildlife Refuges of Costa Rica are managed by the Ministerio de Ambiental y Energia (MINAE).

The National Parks Service (Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación or Sinac) was created in the 1970s and now conserves nearly 28% of the country's remarkable habitat.

August 24 is Costa Rica's National Parks Day (Día de Parques Nacionales de Costa Rica.)

Proparques -
Amigos de los Parques -
National_parks_of_Costa_Rica - Costa Rica

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Ostional

Manuel Antonio National Park

La Cangreja National Park

La Cangreja National Park

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park - Wikipedia

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

Corcovado National Park

Poás Volcano National Park


Costa Rica Holidays

January 1 New Years Day
April 11 Juan Santamaría Day (Costa Rica's national hero)
May 1 Costa Rican Labour Day
July 25 Annexation of Guanacaste
August 15 Mother's Day
September 15 Costa Rican Independence Day
October 12 "Día de la Raza" Indigenous Peoples' Day

World Heritage: Stone spheres of the Diquís

Stone spheres of the Diquís

Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad - ICE
The Finca Project
Radiographica Costarricense
Asociacion Demografica Costarricense
Radio for Peace International
MINAE: Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía
Dirección Sectorial de Energía-MINAE
Dirección Superior de Hidrocarburos
Area de Conservación Cordillera Volcánica Central
Base de Datos de Especimenes del INBio Atta
CATIE: Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
Instituto Meteorológico Nacional
Informes del Estado de la Nación
UCR: Universidad de Costa Rica
UNA: Universidad Nacional
OTS: Organización para estudios tropicales
Avances en el campo de la investigación en Costa Rica
Sitios Ramsar (Costa Rica)

Area de Conservación Guanacaste


Heredia is about 20 minutes by bus from the capital city of San José. The city is home to the National University and the province is the coffee-growing capital of the country.



Greencoast Guide to Talamanca
Camara Nacional de Ecoturismo
Foro de ecoturismo - UCI


Costa Rica's On-line Yellowpages
Costa Rica Supersite
Asociación Costarricense de Turismo Rural
Camara Nacional de Turismo


Costa Rica Weather - Weather Underground

Recommended Reading

Costa Rica climbs onto social media platforms to tweet its tale - TravelMole


Information on Costa Rica
Costa Rica Airport
Costa Rica Visa -

Embedded Tweets

Buzzword Bingo

Caribbean - Costa Rica - Frogs - Turtles

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Biodiversity News

October 2010 - The US announced today that it was writing off $30 million of Costa Rica's debt. In exchange, Costa Rica will create a host of new protected areas, increase the management of its existing ones and create a series of protected corridors between them so that species can move freely. $17 million has already been pledged to Costa Rica by private donors. A spokesperson for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the international treaty that administers UN biodiversity programmes, was "hopeful" that a further $3 million would be committed during the conference, meaning Costa Rica could receive $50 million in new donations.


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Population: 4.6 million inhabitants (estimated in 2011).

24 de agosto: Día de Parques Nacionales