Costa Rica

Did you know...

*  Costa Ricans refer to themselves as Ticos (males) or Ticas(females). Americans and Canadians are often called Gringos/ Gringas.
*  The national bird is the clay-colored robin (Turdus grayi), and the Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum) is the national tree. The national flower is the Guaria Morada (Cattleya skinneri), an orchid.
*  Chirripo Mountain is the highest point in Costa Rica at 3819 metres. The country's lowest point is 240metres below sea level in the caves of Barra Honda National Park.
*  Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica at 3432 metres.
*  The Tempisque River Bridge that connects the mainland to the Nicoya Peninsula was a gift from Taiwan.
*  Believe it or not, prostitution is legal in Costa Rica. If you don't know where a city's red light district is, just ask
*  Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the country.
*  Costa Rica is bigger than Denmark or Taiwan.
*  Costa Rica´s bird life is profuse and contains some exceptionally exotic and colourful species, such as the quetzal, one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
*  Fruit of the Month: Passion Fruit - There are two main varieties of passion fruit in Costa Rica: maracuya (Passiflora edulis) and granadilla (Passiflora ligularis). Maracuya (pronounced mah-rah-koo-jah) has a greenish-purple exterior, which is about the size of a small apple and often wrinkles when the fruit gets ripe. Granadilla (pronounced grah-nah-dee-jah) is similar in size, but its outer shell is orange, waxy, and harder than that of the maracuya.