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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Puntarenas: Dec 5 - 9
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Costa Rica is the penultimate link in a chain of small nations that together comprise the isthmus of Central America. Along with the Caribbean and the Pacific, the country’s borders are defined by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. Located at the nexus of two continents and two oceans, this confluence of land and water makes the region one of mother nature’s great bottlenecks. Here, geography constricts a breathtaking amount of plant and animal life within a modest 19,563 square miles (50,900 sq. km), an area comparable in size to Denmark or West Virginia. Within this diminutive nation is found an astonishing five percent of the world’s biodiversity, including more than 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals.

Quick Facts
  • Language: Spanish
  • Population: 4,301,712
  • Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
  • Currency: Costa Rican colón(CRC)
  • Capital: San José

Things to Do

  • Go on a guided rafting trip down the Corobici River in Costa Rica
  • Experience the stunning vegetation of the countryside
  • See active volcanoes and explore Mayan Ruins
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Blog Posts From Costa Rica

Semester at Sea's 2012 Short Term Voyage Focuses on the UN Millennium Development Goals in Latin America

The Semester at Sea 2012 Short-Term voyage to five countries in Latin America will focus on the United Nations Millennium Development goals. In 2000, 189 countries committed themselves to achieving …

Postcard from Costa Rica