7 Facts about Costa Rica


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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Costa Rica.

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1. Isla del Coco is the most remote part of Costa Rica, nearly 360 miles (600 km) into the Pacific Ocean, southwest of the mainland. Millions have seen this island on film, in the opening moments of the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. At 8 miles by 3 miles (12 km by 5 km), Isla del Coco is the largest uninhabited island in the world.

2. During the arribada, as many as 100,000 Olive Ridley turtles come ashore on the isolated beaches at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and leave behind as many as 10 million eggs. Arribadas generally occur at two- to four-week intervals between the third quarter and full moon from April to December, peaking July through September.

3. Costa Rica abolished its armed forces in 1949 and has no standing military; however, the country still maintains a small force to enforce laws and assist with foreign peacekeeping.

4. Like Eskimos with their 57 words for snow, Costa Ricans have at least a dozen terms for rain—from drizzly pelo de gato (cat hair) to a baldazo or aguacero (downpour) and a temporal (heavy rain falling for several days without letting up during the rainy season). Due to the large amounts of rain, Costa Rica has more rivers and a higher volume of water for a country of its size than any other nation except for New Zealand.

5. The most famous place in Costa Rica for witchcraft is Escazú where, historically, people secretly attempted to continue to practice their religious and magical rituals in mountain caves. Today, Escazú is a rich suburb of the capital San José and looks more like California than Cost Rica; however, brujas (witches) can still be found, offering readings of tarot cards and a whole range of “other services.”

6. Costa Ricans tell the story of how they received independence by mail. On October 13, 1821, a courier aboard a mule arrived in the central valley of Costa Rica with the news of independence—nearly a month after colonial officials in Guatemala City had declared independence for Costa Rica from the Spanish Empire

7. Costa Rica’s Diquís Delta stone spheres are one of Central America’s most intriguing archaeological phenomena. Believed to be around 2,000 years old, thousands of stone spheres, from 4 inches (10 cm) to 8 feet (2.5 m) in diameter, were uncovered in the 1940s. Many of the stones were found placed close to gravesites, aligned in strait and curved lines, triangles, and parallelograms. They were most likely constructed by the ancestors of the current Boruca, Térraba, and Guaymi tribes.

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