Location: Costa Rica
is one of the small nations that together comprise the isthmus
of Central America. The country's borders are defined by Nicaragua
to the North and Panama to the South. Because it is between two
continents, and two oceans, this convergence of land and water
makes the region a great bottlenecks, rich in ecological diversity.
Area: 51.100 sq km (19.929
Geographic Division: Costa Rica is divided in
seven provinces (States) which are: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste,
Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas and San José (Capital
Climate: Tropical, average
temperature around 27° C / 80° F.
Time: GMT / UTC minus 6
Language: The largest spoken
language in Costa Rica is Spanish (97% of the population); although
there are other native languages used mostly within the indigenous
Electricity: 110V, 60 Hz
Currency and Exchange Rate:
The Colón (¢1,00) is the national currency of Costa
Rica . The exchange rate against the US dollar can vary day by
day, but as of April 20th 2006, it was ¢504,oo colones per
Credit Cards: Most international credit cards
are accepted throughout the country: Visa :: Master Card :: American
Express :: Diners Club
Tips: Most restaurants
will include a 10% service charge at the bill . Taxi drivers generally
do not receive a tip. If you are satisfied with the service you
receive, hotel maids, tour guides and drivers would appreciate
Departure Tax: The average rate is US $17.00.
Visa Requirements: Citizens
from Western European and EEC countries, from the United States,
or Canada will need only a valid passport to enter the country.
The only exception will be Greek citizens. All are allowed to
stay for up to 90 days.
Suggested items to bring:
Pants, short pants, T-shirts, hiking shoes, socks and extra socks,
bathing suit, sandals, waterproof sunscreen sunglasses, light-weight
hat, day pack, light rain jacket, flashlight, insect repellent,
umbrella, casual attire for nights, binoculars, camera and film.