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Spanish in Costa Rica

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America with a population of approximately 4.5 million people. Its capital and largest city is San José and it is where the seat of the National Government is located. It is one of the key destination cities in Latin America and continues to grow in importance as a destination internationally. Every year it welcomes over 2 million tourists, a large proportion of which are attracted to the country's booming eco-tourism industry, with many organisations and companies offering the opportunity to carry out activities such as bird watching, trekking, flora and fauna conservation and visits to rural communities.

The Costa Rican people or "ticos" (boys) and "ticas" (girls) as they call themselves, are notoriously one of the world's happiest nations. They have a life expectancy of 79 years, a literacy rate of 97% and live by the motto "pura vida" ("pure life"). A typical diet in Costa Rica consists of such staple foods as rice, beans, bread, chicken, meat and fruit and vegetables. Many of this food you will experience either by eating at one of the small restaurants called "sodas" or by buying ingredients for cooking in a "pulperia", their small grocery stores.

Costa Rica beach

Geographically speaking, Costa Rica has a land surface area of over 51 000 km², 25% of which is land dedicated to national parks. The country contains more than 5% of the world's biodiversity in 0.3% of its surface area. Costa Rica has 800 miles of coast line and there are also around 121 volcanic formations, 7 of which are still active today. The tallest volcano is called Irazu and it stands at 11,259 feet tall. Most of Costa Rica has a noticeable dry season and wet season, with the exception of areas such as the Caribbean coast and Monteverde where there is no clear dry season. The country contains more than 5% of the world's biodiversity in 0.3% of its surface area. Some of the principal inhabitants include: 130 species of freshwater fish, 34,000 species of insects, 9,400 plant species, 1000 species of butterflies, 850 species of birds and 52 species of hummingbirds...to name but a few. It is little wonder that tourists flock to Costa Rica for the purpose of ecotourism and exploring the wide range of ecosystems on offer in this diverse country. Many of the country's Spanish schools offer not only a range of Spanish language courses, but also take advantage of the unique surroundings and offer combination courses that allow you to mix your Spanish lessons with the great outdoors by means of volunteering and conservation programs.

Moving on to politics, Costa Rica is a democratic country with elections every four years. It is generally always a neutral country when it comes to wars. There are seven provinces, each of which are governed by their own democratically elected mayor, again every four years. Costa Rica is a member of the United Nations and is also involved at an international level in the fight for equal human rights and democracy. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations University of Peace are based in Costa Rica.

Hopefully, we have given you a bit of a taster for what to expect if you decide to come to Costa Rica in order to learn Spanish. The people are friendly, the landscape is truly unique and beautiful, the food is tasty and the lifestyle is relaxing and vibrant at the same time. Learning the Spanish language in Costa Rica could truly be the experience of a lifetime!