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Transcript of Costa Rica
The Spaniards did not influence the Costa Rican natives as much as they had wanted to. At one point, the country wanted to become part of Mexico, but this idea sparked a Civil War. Four cities in the country's center fought against each other during the civil war. There was then a time of peace and unity in the country,but when the United Social Christian Party refused to not have power when they lost the presidential election, the famous 1948 Costa Rican civil war erupted. Jose Maria (Don Pepe) Figueres Ferrer helped to defeat the United Social Christian Party, and became president. Ferrer helped bring the country back to its glorious state. Nicaragua In 1987, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez garnered world recognition when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending the Nicaraguan civil war. We started our trip in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose! Panama Mexico Costa Rica is located between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America There is a subtropical and tropical climate, so expect heat! Four volcanoes (two active) rise near the capital of San Jose in the center of the country; one of the volcanoes, Irazu, erupted destructively in 1963-65” Lake Arenal- Largest lake in Costa Rica Pacific Coast After the Capital, the adventure really began! Our first stop, the Banana plantation! At the Banana plantation, we got to see how Costa Rica's famous bananas were grown and shipped to the USA! Other agricultural items grown in Costa Rica include:
Indigenous cattle meat
Hen eggs The major exports are bananas, pineapples, coffee, melons, ornamental plants, sugar, beef, seafood, electronic components, and medical equipment The currency in Costa Rica is the colón. 10,000 colones is equal to 20 US dollars. We then journeyed to the rainforest for some fun adventure... To get to the rainforest floor, we had to propel down a waterfall... We then went white water rafting and Kelsey fell off the raft! We went up in the canopy and did some birdwatching. The birds are so many different colors! In Costa Rica, zip lining through the rainforest is very popular. We had to try it! Boca Barranca Beach! Surfing is very famous in Costa Rica as well! Surfing fans can find the famous "long lefthander wave." After our day of fun, we went out to enjoy a customary Costa Rican meal! At Tortuguero National Park, we had the chance to see the Baby Turtles make their way to the ocean! Costa Rica is famous for all of these activities... white water rafting
canopy tours We went out later that night to get some Bocas, a very large part of Costa Rican culture. There are many variations of Boca for breakfast, lunch, and dinner The majority of Costa Rica is Roman Catholic, so we went to visit Cartago, Costa Rica to visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles (Our Lady of the Angels Basilica) Cartago, Costa Rica Provinces There are/were eight different indigenous tribes:
Matambú or Chorotega, Maleku, Bribri, Cabécar, Guyami, Boruca, Térraba, Huetar (Quitirrisí) August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa Rica. New Year's Day
St. Joseph's Day
Easter: Holy Week
Juan Santamaria Day
Virgin de los Angeles Day
Mother’s Day and Assumption Day
Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day)
All Soul's Day
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Christmas Day Because many Costa Ricans are Roman Catholic, Easter is a very big deal there. We were able to celebrate it with them! National Holidays National Liberation Party Religions:
Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2% ¡Hola! ¡Nos vemos pronto! 4,636,348 people are currently living in Costa Rica (Actual pictures from our trip)