Rica is a small in size and has an area of roughly 51,000
square kilometers (31,682 square miles). Even so, it is internationally
famous and recognized for the diversity and density of its
natural resources and for the fabled kindness of its inhabitants.
These facts set it apart as an especially attractive destination
for foreign tourists who, not incidentally, make far more
than a million visits a year.
Costa Rica really has two
seasons: a “green” or rainy season that runs from
May to November and a dry season that begins in December and
ends in April.
The average temperature in the Central Valley
is 72° F (22° C), while on the coast and at the beaches
it ranges from 70° to 90° F (21° to 32°).
The national bus system provides
comfortable, economic, and fast service to most parts of the
country, especially to points of interest to tourists.
Costa Rica is one of the countries with the largest amount
of protected land in the world; 25% of the national territory
is dedicated to the national park system or biological, marine,
and land reserves, as well as other natural wildlife areas.
Costa Rica has on the order of 850 bird species, 600 of which
are non-migratory. The others migrate during the North American
winter, stopping over in Costa Rica before continuing on to