1) Costa Rica has a 97% literacy rate. Children are constitutionally guaranteed a free education through the 12th grade.
2) It’s the greenest country in the world, with the number one spot on the Happy Planet Index.
3) 25% of Costa Rica’s land is in protected areas, like national parks and conservation areas. Tiny Costa Rica has 5% of Earth’s biodiversity, but only 0.1% of the world’s land.
4) Ticos (Costa Rican people) often refer to their spouses, or “other half” as their “media naranja” – the other half of their orange.
Now that you know more about the country, why not find out more about traveling there? Smithsonian Journeys offers several adventures in Costa Rica – including this unique family adventure. Get ready to hop on that zipline and go!
Question of the day – Why do you want to go to Costa Rica?