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Costa Rica receives over 2.1 million visitors a year, and for a small country of 5 million people, that’s a huge number.
What is the allure? There are many, such as the stable and peaceful government which abolished the military in 1949. The friendly and hospitable ticos, as Costa Ricans are known.
There is of course, Costa Rica’s famous natural beauty, where in a small area guests can experience volcanoes, both the Caribbean and Pacific oceans, and tropical lowland rainforest up to highland paramo at over 12,000 feet, where temps regularly dip below freezing. The mountainous terrain offers an almost infinite number of microclimates booming with a variety of wildlife. There is also a large array of accommodation for every budget.
In particular, the Southern Zone (Zona Sur), as this part of the country is known, is the least touristy area of the country. In spite of Corcovado’s allure, as it is considered one of the wildest places on Earth and a super diverse eco-zone with over 5% of the planet’s species, the Southern Zone remains largely off the beaten path.
It is an area bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one length, with hundreds of miles of unspoiled coastline, and the Talamanca mountain range on the other length. The mountains reach all the way to the ocean, provided unparalleled scenery and a huge array of microclimates.
In addition to the best opportunities to see wildlife in an unspoiled environment, the Southern Zone is home to one of the world’s most interesting archaeological mysteries, the stone spheres.
Because it is off the beaten path, enjoy this Costa Rica as you imagined it, without tour buses, crowds or stress.
The Southern Zone is the least known area and quickly becoming more popular with visitors to Costa Rica who are searching for the road less traveled. The piece above is from the Diquis region and can be found at the Gold Museum in San José.
At Monte Azul, discover also the rich cultural life of contemporary Costa Rica. This small nation is home to many talented artists in the visual and theater arts. “Chepe,” as San José is affectionately known among the ticos, is the cultural center of Costa Rica offering numerous fairs, events and restaurants.
We encourage visitors to visit our capital city and experience another side of life in Costa Rica.
Only a 4 hour flight from New York City, Costa Rica is easily accessible from North America and Europe, with regular flights daily.
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