Located in Central America, Costa Rica is the second smallest country in central America and is bordered by the Pacific in the west and southwest, the Caribbean in the northeast, Panama in the southeast and Nicaragua in the north.
Made up of three principal zones – the central highlands, the Pacific coastal zone and the Atlantic coastal zone - Costa Rica offers its visitors a diverse and exciting landscape with mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches and tropical forests waiting to be explored. In fact at least two of the mountains in the chain which stretches across the centre of the country from southeast to northwest are still active volcanoes. The Arenal Volcano which is the main one in Costa Rica last erupted in 1968 but produces ash, explosions and glowing red lava on a daily basis.
As well as the natural landscape, however, the culture and traditions which represent the country and its people are certainly worth exploring. Costa Rica is generally written off which it comes to history and tradition and while it may not have any of the impressive Mesoamerican stone structures than many of its Central American counterparts have, it does have plenty more to offer.
The country is also home to one of the oldest democracies in the Americas and has been recognised for its friendliness and its preoccupation with peace. In fact in 1987 the then president of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias, was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts during the civil war in neighbouring Nicaragua. This should offer some indication about what the people of the country are about and you are guaranteed that you will be shown a good time during your stay.