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Costa Rica

Capital: San Jose
Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
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CAPITAL CITY OF Costa Rica: San Jose
LANGUAGE OF Costa Rica: Spanish
CURRENCY OF Costa Rica: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
COMMENTS ABOUT Costa Rica:


Costa Rica is a country in Central America. In the north it borders on Nicaragua and in the south on Panama.
Cities : San Jose (capital), Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Jaco, Liberia, Pochote, Puerto Limon, Puntarenas, Parismina, Quepos, Tamarindo
Best Places : Arenal Volcano, Cahuita National Park, Chirripo Nationa Park, Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Pacuare River and Protected Zone, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, Tapanti National Park
Eat : Gallo pinto, Casado, Plato del dia, fresh fruit, Salsa Lizano, Costa Rican ketchup, mercado,
Calling code : +506
Time zone : (UTC-6)
Costa Rica is a Central American success story: since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred its democratic development. Although still a largely agricultural country, it has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism sectors. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

CLIMATE OF Costa Rica: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
RELIGION OF Costa Rica: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
POPULATION OF Costa Rica: 3,956,507 (July 2004 est.)>>
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Costa Rica: Costa Rica's basically stable economy depends on tourism, agriculture, and electronics exports. Poverty has been substantially reduced over the past 15 years, and a strong social safety net has been put into place. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country's political stability and high education levels, and tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange. Low prices for coffee and bananas have hurt the agricultural sector. The government continues to grapple with its large deficit and massive internal debt. The reduction of inflation remains a difficult problem because of rises in the price of imports, labor market rigidities, and fiscal deficits. Costa Rica recently concluded negotiations to participate in the US - Central American Free Trade Agreement, which, if ratified by the Costa Rican Legislature, would result in economic reforms and an improved investment climate.

Guide Licensing Information for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country of enormous biodiversity and most of the private tours conducted here are aimed at exploring the numerous national parks and reservations spread all around the country. That’s why there are a large number of private guides offering their services in virtually all cities of Costa Rica. However, only licensed tour guides have the right to conduct tours that are aimed at exploring the country’s nature, culture or history.

Tour guide licenses are issued in Costa Rica by the National Bureau of Tourism upon application. The applicant has to provide a certificate or diploma showing that he or she has completed the relevant courses, which are available in various tourism schools around the country. However, there’s only one tour guide association in Costa Rica that is recognized by the authorities, called ACOGUITUR, which has specific requirements for applicants and can help getting a license. 

Wild tour guides can be encountered in Costa Rica, however they usually offer entertainment tours and rarely engage in specialized history, culture, arts or eco tours. In order to enter all national parks and reservations the guide has to show a valid license to local rangers in order to enter.

Questions about Costa Rica
Do you offer daily or hourly rates for tours to the Rain forrest and the volcanoes?
Robert
Walter Hamm (Private Guide in San Jose):
Dear freinds my salary is by day as a tour guide and another rate for transportation bicause i have a van very new and confoteble for 4 people. Thank you very much. Walter Hamm.