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Nicoya Peninsula
Puerto Limon
Irazu Volcano
La Paz Falls
Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
Lancaster Gardens
Guayabo National Monument

Flag of Costa Rica  , San José,
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to my tour of Costa Rica! After an excruciating visit, I've collected information that will benefit any tourist of this fantastic South American, Amazonian nation. Since San Jose is the capital city, I've decided to cover the basic background of Costa Rica, and later delve deeply into the details as I correllate them with a certain landmark in each entry.

GEOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL BACKGROUND


Apparently, Costa Rica is slightly smaller than West Virginia, covering about 20,000 square miles, with half of its land shrouded by Amazonian tropical rainforest. It also contains mountain cloud forests, volcanoes, coastal lowlands, beaches, and rivers. The climate is generally mild, but ranges from tropical humid to cooler rainfall. The land, however, is not protected from frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. On a more historical note, the indigenous people of Costa Rica were a portion of the Mayan civilization. Spain then colonized Costa Rica and its surrounding Central American neighbors. Yet, the nation was generally exempt from Spanish rule because of the scarcity of minerals. After joining the United States in a declaration of independence from Spain, Costa Rica became a sovereign nation in 1838.



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