Costa Rica attracts visitors year-round because of its easy-going lifestyle and tropical beaches. Adventure travel enthusiasts go to explore the volcanoes, raft the rivers, and take part in many other forms of adventure. This small country touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, allowing visitors to sunbathe on black and white sand beaches on one side and surf on the other.
Curious about travel in Costa Rica? So was one of our readers. He sent in these five questions as part of our ongoing “5 Questions” series. We went to the experts on this popular Central American destination, and here’s what they had to say.
Q: How would you describe “pura vida” to someone who hasn’t been to Costa Rica?
A: Pura Vida, which directly translates to “Pure Life” in English, is an expression used by Costa Ricans on a daily basis and in a variety of contexts. It’s most common use is during informal greetings as a response to, “how are you?” (See below). However more than just an expression, it really is a perspective on life. Costa Ricans are a warm and embracing people, with a positive and joyful outlook on life.
Person A: “Hey, Luanna, how are you?”
Luanna: “I am doing great, thanks. Pura vida!”
Q: When is the best time to view the Poás Volcano?
A: The best time of the day to view the Poas Volcano is in the morning. The national park opens at 8 a.m. The best months to visit for clear view of the crater are February, March and April.
Q: Are canopy tours a good way to experience the rainforest?
A: Canopy tours, also known as zip lines, are a fantastic way to experience the rainforest. The views are breathtaking, and the adrenaline rush makes for an over-the-top experience.
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