a late summer storm in 1502 put Christopher
on what used to be known as Cariari Bay, but today is known as
Puerto Limon, he thought they had discovered an area of wealth
and riches. The reason Christopher
and his crew thought they had just stumbled across this wealth
was because they made contact with Indians that were wearing golden
jewelry and fancy sparkling costumes.They also assumed that the
land was filled with precious metals. Little did they know that
this land had no such riches. Therefore Columbus and his crew
named the region Costa Rica. Costa Rica translated into English
means "rich coast."
of the Indian tribes residing in what today is known as Costa
Rica when Columbus arrived were the Borucas, Corobicis, Caribs,
Nahuas, and the Chorotegas. These Indian Tribes mainly focused
on farming and hunting.
95% of the people residing in Costa Rica are Roman Catholic. The
culture in Costa Rica has been greatly influenced by Spain.Musical instruments that
are a great part of their traditions are the guitar, accordion
and mandolin. One of the most popular dances is called, Punto Guanacaste.
Costa Rica's folk music is played on the marimba.
is a cultural symbol of Costa Rica.
is a big part of Latin culture. The national dish or the most
popular dish of Costa Rica is called La Olla. It is a stew that
has potatoes, beef, onions, maize, beans, and tomatoes.Tamales
popular also. They are usually made during holidays or special
occasions. They are made of masa, ground pork, chicken, an rice.
Most of Costa Rica's holidays are usually related to religious
things. Costa Rica celebrates holidays that usually deal with
Saints. Religious holidays are when most Catholics are supposed
to attend Church. One of the more important religious Holidays
is called The Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. There is a black
statue of the Virgin, which on August 2, is carried through the
streets of Costa Rica. Many people from other Latin countries
attend this service. Nearby, there is a spring with water that is suppossed
to have healing and blessing qualities.
national sport of Costa Rica is Soccer. Most boys in Latin America
dream of becoming professional soccer players.
Rica's climate is tropical. It rains about 100 inches a year.
Some mountain ranges get as much as 25 feet of rain a year. In
Costa Rica there really aren't seasons. There is a dry season
and a rainy season. The rainy season usually begins in May and
ends in November. Therefore the dry season starts in December
and lasts till April. In the Central Valley of Costa Rica the
average temperature is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and near the
Atlantic and Pacific coasts the temperature averages about 88
degrees Fahrenheit. So overall Costa Rica has pretty much a comfortable
climate; aside from all the rain.
economy in Costa Rica is agricultural. Costa Rica's exports
include coffee and bananas. Coffee and bananas used to be the
main source of income for Costa Rica until ecotourism came around
in the early 1990's. What is ecotourism? Ecotourism is when tourists,
from around the world come and visit Costa Rica's plentiful rain
forests, without harming plants or animals. Costa Rican's mainly
focus on the raising of their livestock. Other crops that are
grown in Costa Rica are maiz, rice, beans, tobacco, potatoes,
sugar,and cacao which was brought from Mexico during the fourteenth
century by early Indians called Nahua Indians. Transportation in Costa
Rica is doing well. Planes, trains, and highways connect to large
cities such as San
Costa Rica's capital.
Rica's beaches are covered in black or white sands. Costa
Rica has 42 active volcanoes and over 12 dormant or extinct. Costa Rica has
earthquakes from time to time. Costa Rica is surrounded by mountain
ranges and volcanoes.The rain forests in Costa Rica are beautiful.
It rains about 100 inches a year. Costa Rica is a very beautiful
place to visit!
to All Projects Home