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Costa Rica Travel Guide
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Costa Rica, un país centroamericano con mucho que agradecer: las aguas del mar Caribe bañan la costa este del país, y el océano Pacífico refresca el territorio por el oeste, y además, un maravilloso sistema montañoso volcánico corre de sur a norte (o viceversa, depende de cómo se le mire) y divide al país en dos.
Como resultado, una hermosa y gran biodiversidad se pasea frente a sus ojos mientras viaja de una costa a la otra: el bosque seco en la Península de Nicoya, los bosques lluviosos en los parques nacionales como Corcovado y Braulio Carrillo, y más de 100,000 tortugas Lora (Lepidochelys Olivacea) anidando en playa Ostional son algunos ejemplos.
Costa Rica is a blessed Central American country, refreshed by the Caribbean Sea on the east and soothed by the Pacific Ocean on the west. A marvelous volcanic mountain system runs from south to north and divides the country in two; as a result, beautiful and diverse wildlife is to be found as you try to cross from one coast to another: dry forests on the Península de Nicoya, rain forests on Corcovado and Braulio Carrillo National Parks, over 100 000 nesting olive ridley sea turtles on playa Ostional are some examples.
GOOD TO KNOWS
Where to exchange money
Do not exchange money at the airport’s exchange house, it is a rip off! Better options are the national banks such as Banco Popular, BCR or Banco de Costa Rica, and Banco Nacional.
US dollarS & colones
Our every day currency is colones. Exchanging US dollars into colones is easy to do at any bank. Right now (August 6, 2008) a good exchange rate would be to receive 545 colones for every US dollar. It is constantly changing, so check ** www.bancobcr.com ** in the middle of the screen look for "Tipo de cambio". There you will find the exchange rate from that bank. Although it is one of many banks, it will give you a good overall idea.
How to pay for things?
A friend from Slovakia came to the conclusion that, since the exchange rate US Dollar vs. Colones (local currency) may vary everyday, then he would pay with his debit or credit card everytime possible, or with US dollars. Everytime he paid in colones he ran the risk of paying more depending on the day´s exchange rate. I agree with him. However, please do give it a thought, we may be forgeting something...and if so, please let us know.
Also, exchanging EURO is attached with the US dollar exchange rate, it´s kind of weird, but most banks will first exchange EURO into US Dollar, then to colones.
Certified cabs will have a yellow triangle on the front doors, the license plate should say TSJ plus a number, and inside it should have a meter. The meter should start at 330 (colones) which is set for the first kilometer, after that the meter will start advancing.
Taxi from the airport
If you take a cab from the airport to San José downtown, the fair is fixed, and you should not pay more than 8000 colones (14EUR or US$17) and make sure you talk the deal before you get in.
Avoid standing between the vertical-detection bars that count how many people get on the bus. This detection bars are at the entrance of the bus, between the door and the driver. There are also bars at the back door, so beware of that. This will keep you from having an ugly encounter with bus drivers.
Thefts do happen here and every where in the world! The most common way to get robbed is “pick pocket”. So, the less you call the attention the better. The best advice is to avoid walking with your nice big camera hanging over your shoulder as you walk around. You can use it, off course, but do put it away inside your back pack if you are not using it. A similar advice applies for jewelry, watches and accessories that will tag you as easy targets. Other than that, relax and have a good time.
Top Things to See and Do
Arenal Volcano (Volcán Arenal), hot spring waters and day & night volcano watching; Ostional beach (Playa Ostional), house of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles on the pacific; Chirripó peak (Cerro Chirripó), the highest mountain in the country with aprox. 3,820m above sea level; Puerto Viejo, Limón, beautiful paradise on the Caribbean coast; Península de Osa, a still-not-so-spoiled-by-humans coast with ocean and forest on the south pacific; Monteverde, rain forest on the central part of the mountainous system; World class wind surfing at Lago Arenal. Costa Rica’s Symphonic Orchestra often plays on Sundays at the National Theater in the capital, San José...and there is a lot more for different tastes.
Neighboring countries: Nicaragua, Panama
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Go to the city,beach,vulcanos,na- cional parcks and discos.
beaches, volcanoes, national parks
Places to go: National Museum (San Jose), Gold Museum (San Jose), Jade Museum (San Jose), Los Angeles Church (Cartago), Orosi Valley (Cartago), Poas Volcano (Alajuela)Irazu Volcano (Cartago), Puerto Viejo Beach (Limon), Braulio Carrillo National Park (Heredia), Jaco Beach (Puntarenas), Manuel Antonio National Park (Puntarenas), Samara Beach (Guanacaste). Things to do: surfing, snorkeling, mountainbike, hiking, bird watching, bungee jumping, etc.
climb Mt. Chirripo, hike in the forest, go to the beach
San Jose is the capital, and culture almost lives around San Jose. We also have San Pedro Very close, that´s the place to be if you are student or travelling, or whatever.