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Of the Tropical countries, Costa Rica is one of the most recommended, not only because of its rainforest and beautiful beaches, but also because of its active volcanoes. Despite the fact that the country is small; it brings together diverse habitats that have the protection of one of the most advanced environmental programs in Latin America. Almost 26% of the land surface of the country has some type of state protection. And more than 12% forms part of the 25 National Parks, the rest is made up of many marinas and private reserves. The variety and abundance of wild fauna attracts those who wish to see monkeys, sloths, caimans, and sea turtles and exotic birds in their natural habitat. It is also possible to see animals such as the jaguar, tapir and the harpy eagle, bathing in the waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean. Costa Rica has an abundance of beaches, some of which have been developed for tourism; there are others which are more remote and less visited. To enjoy a vacation on the seafront, the tourist can choose between a luxury hotel or can also go camping, but wherever you are going to stay it is highly likely that you will take a while to get to any place that is protected. This is where you will find monkeys balancing on branches that line the Ocean. The volcanoes make for one of the most impressive natural spectacles, to observe the craters of these colossal steamers is a true site to behold. In addition to walking and camping in the forests, mountains and beaches, other activities include scuba diving in tropical coral reefs, taking a surfboard to glide along some of the best waves in Central America and going down one of the many courses of tropical waters. The rivers flow powerfully down the sides of mountains, and along their banks you will be witness to a dense tapestry of rainforest. The rivers and lakes offer a beautiful place to throw in a fishing line; the fish here are world class.
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Embassies and Consulates in Costa Rica
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Private & State Banks in Costa Rica
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Surfing in Costa Rica
The pleasant water temperatures and the size and frequency of the waves attract thousands of surfers, from all over the world. There are approximately 120 Waves for Surfear in Costa Rica. Places such as Naranjo Beach, Potrero Grande, Grande Beach, Tamarindo beach, Langosta, Avellanas or Negra Beach, is a perfect place for visitors to the North Pacific. In the Central Pacific you can go surfing at Boca Barranca, Caldera, Jaco Beach, Hermosa Beach and Escondida Beach, among other places. In the South Pacific you can go surfing in Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Pavones and Quepos, among other places. In the Atlantic there are a large selection of beaches that are apt for surfing including Bonita Beach, Puerto Viejo, Westfalia and Manzanillo.
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Parties & Celebrations in Costa Rica
During National Holidays all banks, public offices and many stores are closed. Buses are not in service during Maundy Thursday during the afternoon and all of Good Friday; few businesses open during the week. From Maundy Thursday to Resurrection Sunday, bars are closed as the sale of alcohol is prohibited. You will need to reserve a room in hotels at least 15 to 30 days before your visit. The week between Christmas and New Year is a festive period of no official character with several areas independently celebrating Christmas.
How To Arrive & Leave Costa Rica
You can arrive at Costa Rica by air, land or sea; few use the latter as it is less practical.
The History of Coffee
Its origin is based in the province of Kaffa, Etiopia, between VI and IX DC centuries Its consumption grew and became popular in the neighbouring arab countries thanks to the prohibition of alcohol by Islam. The “K’hawah”, or energizing, as it became known was prohibited by the ortodox imams and conservatives in 1511 in Meca and in 1532 in Cairo, because of its stimulating effect, put the popularity of the product forced the government to cancel the decree. In the XV century the Muslims introduced coffee in Persia, Egypt, northern Africa and Turkey, where the first Café, Kiva Han, opened in 1475 in Constantinople and by 1630 there was a thousand cafes in Cairo.
Coffee was then transported by the Dutch and the Portuguese to Ceilán, Java, India and other regions of Asia and Africa and arriving in Europe in the year 1600 thanks to the merchants of Venice where Pope Clemente VIII said that; “This beverage is so delicious that it would be a sin to let only mis believers drink it!” The Muslims, jealous of their Arabia coffee plants prohibited their exportation.
It is believed that the German Botanist Léonard Rauwolf, a german doctor on a return trip of ten years in the Middle East described coffee for the first time in a book published in 1583: “A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup that is passed around and from which each one drinks a cupful. It is composed of water and the fruit from a bush called bunnu.”
In the years 1650, it was imported and regularly consumed in England and Cafes started to open cafes in Oxford and London. In 1670 the first café opened in Berlin and in Paris. Café Procope was the first to open in 1686; it is said that here for the first time they made coffee by passing hot water through a ground coffee filter. The history of the celebrated Vienna cafeterias began in 1683 with the Battle of Vienna. In the year 1708 the governor of Java, Von Hoorn, took some plants to Holland and gave them as a gift to Luis XIV, the King of France, a coffee plant was shown in the vineyards of Paris and in 1714, the Captain of the infantry Français Gabriel Mathieu Desclieux, hide a shoot of one of these plants and took it to the hills of the Monte Peleé in Martinique, and in Santo Domingo, where fifty years later they would cultivate 19 thousands plants in Martinique.
By the mid XVIII century, all of the European cities had cafes and in 1732 Johann Sebastián Bach, componed an ode to coffee. During the XVIII the drink became even more popular and its production increased in several tropical countries to satisfy the demand in Europe. In 1727 it was moved from Sumatra to Brasil, and then it passed to Perú, Paraguay and Colombia, Guyana Francesa, África on the ecuador, Haití and Santo Domingo, Vietnam, Kenia and Costa de Marfil. To the island of Cuba and from there to Costa Rica between 1748. Then it extended to Puerto Rico and El Salvador in 1760, to Guatemala in 1750 and to Bolivia, Ecuador and Panamá in 1784.