Costa Rica

The most commonly used expression in Costa Rica, ‘’pura vida,’’ represents a local way of life that is happy and satisfied, relaxed yet full of life. The whole of the paradise that is Costa Rica seems to embody ‘’pura vida.’’ ‘’Ticos’’ themselves – local Costa Ricans – are warm and vibrant, often overly hospitable, and enjoy a high quality of life. A beloved destination for eco-tourists and adventure travelers alike, this staggeringly beautiful little country boasts an array of landscapes from smoking volcanoes to tropical forests, and is said to contain as much as 6% of the world’s animal and plant species, from manatees to the mythological quetzal.