About Costa Rica:
Location: Central America Bordering the Caribbean (east), the Pacific Ocean (west), Panama (south), and Nicaragua (north).
Climate: Tropical and subtropical; Dry Season (December to April); Rainy Season (May to November).
Area: 19,730 square miles
(51,100 square kilometers)
Coastline: 1,290 kilometers
$1 USD = 550 Colón (est.)
Dollars are widely accepted, credit cards and ATMs offer best exchange rates. Stay away from the airport $ exchange. Travelers checks, don't bother.
Capital City: San Jose
Population: 4.5 mil. approx.
25% live in San Jose
Many locals speak English
Time Zone: GMT-6, 1 hour behind Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the USA.
Phone Country Code: 506
Inflation Rate: 4.52%
Electricity: 120 volts
Religion: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%, Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
Source: CIA The World Factbook
Corazon del Rio is in the Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica. Located in the quiet mountain village of Platanillo known as the "Valley of the Waterfalls". Its 1000-plus foot elevation is much cooler than the coastal beach areas that are just a quick fifteen minute drive away. The small village has two grocery stores, a bakery, among other shops and restaurants.
A weekly farmer's market is just ten minutes up the road in Tinamaste, home of the Diamante Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica. Just Fifteen minutes more to the east is San Isidro, the second largest city in Costa Rica also has a large farmers market weekly, a hospital, and the many conveniences a city can provide. The Nauyaca Waterfall one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica, is just a short ten minute drive west from the casa to the trail headquarters. Further west fifteen minutes is the quaint surf town of Dominical. Neighboring Dominical is Hacienda Baru, a wildlife refuge. Just five minutes further north is Matapalo Beach, our local favorite. From there, a thirty minute drive north you can visit Manuel Antonio National Park which borders the harbor town of Quepos know for its world-class fishing. A twenty minute drive south of Dominical is Uvita, home of the famous Whale Tail and Whale Watching tours. A great location indeed!
Why our Area of Costa Rica is Special?
Bio-Diversity: Worlds Scientist call Costa Rica the most bio-diverse place in the world! With only three one-hundredths of one percent (0.03%) of the Earth's land mass, Costa Rica has 5-6% of the world's flora (plants) and fauna (animals). It has 8% of the worlds bird species, 10% of the worlds butterfly species, and 20% of all hummingbird species, making it the hummingbird capital of the world. It also has the highest concentration of dolphins and whales (25 species). It is ranked in the top five for best deep sea fishing in all of the world.
Life Enhancing Negative Ions: Costa Rica has the highest concentration of life-enhancing negative ions then any place on Earth, creating enough oxygen for .5 billion people for a year! This due to (in order) it's waterfalls, oceans, rain, rivers, plants, sunlight & mountains. All of which we have an abundance of at Corazon del Rio!
The Pura Vida attitude. The laid-back lifestyle that Costa Rica is known for permeates daily.
Pura Vida pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah, in English means, "Pure Life" but has a far more profound meaning to the people of Costa Rica and anyone spending any amount of time in this majestic country. The term has been present in Costa Rican dialect for over 50 years.
No matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here
together and life is short...so come and live it "Pura Vida" style.