As a pioneer in ecotourism, Costa Rica has made tourism its growth driver. Many general and specialized operators have integrated it and offer professional services, most of which are unforgettable. Every year, the number of visitors continues to grow (3 million tourists in 2018 for 4.9 million inhabitants!). As the majority come from North America and Canada, English is the most common language used to welcome tourists. The Costa Ricans were not used to Americans speaking Spanish, they spontaneously spoke Shakespeare's language after welcoming. As the number of French-speaking visitors increases, the teams often include an operator who knows French. But whether in agencies or hotels, they will be able to meet your expectations with great professionalism. As for the Costa Ricans you will meet at random during your travels, they are distinguished by their kindness, their good humour and their discretion. Don't be surprised that you are greeted spontaneously with a wave of your hand or a smile when you are unknown, it is a way of telling you that you are also at home.
A wide range of activities :
Costa Rica is rich in an environment that allows you to enjoy any activity, whether it is sports, adventure or discovery. In addition to the blissful contemplation of the animal and vegetable kingdoms, you can enjoy surfing (Costa Rica's waves are famous), diving (the most beautiful spot is on Isla del Coco, 500 km west of the Pacific coast!), rafting and canoeing on the rivers that descend from the central mountain range (Pacuare, Reventazón, Sarapiquí...), grandfather hiking as well as extreme hiking in dense forests, climbing, bungee jumping, mountain biking and racing on the roads of the Central Valley (Póas, Turrialba...), numerous horseback rides on the beach... And even total rest in lodges far from everything, where everyone is invited to respect each other and their environment, in their hammock.
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