Costa Rica Trip Report – Regina’s and Andre’s Trip Reports

During the second part of our trip in winter/spring 2014 we have visited from March 7 – March 25 Costa Rica with an organized tour.

Costa Rica is a popular nature travel destination, and its main competitive advantage is its well-established system of national parks and protected areas, covering around a quarter of the country’s land area. The country also has plenty of wonderful beaches, both in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, within short travel distances between both coasts and also several active volcanoes that can be visited with safety.

Costa Rica historically managed to stay away from the political turmoil and violence from which neighbouring nations still suffer. Costa Rica is the only country I know that constitutionally abolished its army permanently in the 1940s. They invested the saved money  in schools and hospitals.  It has also managed to be the only Latin American country included in the list of the world’s 22 oldest democracies, paying homage to its stance as a peaceful and politically stable nation. Costa Rica has also consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index.


Costa Rica is ranked third in the world and first among the Americas in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. And the New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica as the happiest nation in the world, both in 2009 and in 2012. This same organization (NEF) ranked Costa Rica as the “greenest” country in the world.

Costa Rica’s greatest attractions are natural. And this what we saw during our trip. A gorgeus nature which is very well protected in lots of natural parks but also very friendly people who protect this nature because they know that it is their most valuable treasure.

The Costa Rican are called ‘Ticos’.

Costa Rica produces ca. 90% of their power out of renewable energies (Germany as of 2015: ca 20%).