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  1. 2011.08.08 A Map of Costa Rica
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Located in Central America, Costa Rica (Rich Coast, in English) has become a popular destination among American and European tourists. Renowned for being the greenest country in the world, Costa Rica houses amazing wildlife and extremely diversified landscapes (volcanoes, highlands, beaches, etc.). This map of Costa Rica will give you an idea of this long and narrow country that is bordered both by the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans.



Beautiful Caribbean beach

With coastlines on the Pacific and Caribbean sides, Costa Rica welcomes 1.5 million visitors each year, most of them coming to enjoy the beauty of nature in a well-preserved environment. Indeed, 25% of the country consists of protected areas, which makes it the perfect destination for ecotourism.

As for the weather in Costa Rica, you should know that temperatures vary according to the location. The best season to visit the country is probably the dry season (December-April) which is also the peak season. However, visiting Costa Rica during the rainy season can be a good way to avoid tourists and find cheaper accommodation.

Here is an overview of the main destinations you can travel to while visiting Costa Rica:

  • San Jose, Capital of Costa RicaSan Jose is one of the top destinations. Even if most people just pass through the city on their way to the Costa Rican rainforests, you should take the time to stop by. Indeed, San Jose is a great city to enjoy Latin culture: you can either experience Latin nightlife by partying with Ticos (the Spanish nickname for Costa Ricans) in the famous El Barrio or look at the colonial architecture in the Barrio Amón. Make sure to try the national dish called Gallo Pinto (fried rice with black beans) and have a real Costa Rican café con leche (coffee with milk).
  • Heredia – Heredia is one of the most beautiful provinces in Costa Rica. If you enjoy wild nature, Heredia is definitely the place to be. Renowned for its volcanoes and tropical forests, it houses the Barva Volcano which is one of the few Costa Rican volcanoes you can climb. Bird lovers will also appreciate the North of the Province where they will be able to watch the rare quetzal, a large, strikingly coloured bird.
  • Arenal Volcano – The Arenal Volcano is the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. Located in the Province of Alajuela, it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Watching the volcano at night (when it is not cloudy) is a unique experience never to be forgotten. If you love windsurfing and/or kite surfing, consider visiting Lake Arenal, also located in the Arenal National Park. Other activities are also available such as canopy tours, water rafting and horse riding.
Costa Rica - Arenal Volcano

Arenal volcano -

  • Dominical – Located in South Costa Rica, the city of Dominical is mostly known for hosting the most beautiful Costa Rica beaches. In terms of activities, fishing in Costa Rica and particularly in Dominical can be really entertaining. Dominical is also a great place to take a whale watching tour.
  • Cartago – Cartago, which was the first Capital of Costa Rica, has a rich history and culture. The number one attraction of Cartago is the Black Madonna (La Negrita), a miraculous statue which is said to have healing powers. Cartago also houses the Basilica of La Virgen de los Ángeles, the largest Church of Costa Rica. The city is located in a natural area and is close to the Irazú Volcano and the Orosi Valley where you can take a look at beautiful landscapes that feature coffee plantations, mountains, etc. Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica, is located in the South of Cartago and is a perfect destination for hikers.
  • Cocos Island (Isla del Coco) – Located in the Province of Puntarenas, Cocos Island is an island off the Pacific shore of Costa Rica. It is considered to be one of the 10 best diving sites in the world, so if you are a passionate fish-watcher, do not hesitate to visit Cocos Island and get a glimpse of whale and hammerhead sharks.

Not only is Costa Rica well-known for its amazing natural resources but it is also an attractive medical tourism destination. Indeed, a lot of tourists, mostly coming from North America, travel to Costa Rica in search of affordable health care services. Costa Rica is particularly famous for providing cost-effective cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries.

Costa Rica is a wonderful vacation destination. With its rich culture, its breath-taking landscapes and its mild climate, it will certainly not disappoint you!

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Located in Latin America, Buenos Aires is the industrial, financial and cultural center of Argentina. With 5 million visitors each year, the capital of Argentina has become a popular tourist destination and was even voted the second most desirable city to visit in 2008. The mild weather in Buenos Aires has indeed made the city an attractive destination for foreign travelers.

Ever wanted to visit Buenos Aires? Let us take you on a virtual tour to the city.



Buenos Aires - Plaza de Mayo

Top destinations in Buenos Aires

  • The Plaza de Mayo: Being the scene of the May Revolution which brought independence to the country, the Plaza de Mayo (May Square) is one of the main historic sites of Argentina. Major political events, such as presidential inaugurations, are still held on this square, which also houses many tourist attractions. Make sure to take a look at the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid) which was built in 1811, as a symbol of freedom.
  • The Casa Rosada: At the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada (Pink House) houses the President’s office and is the official seat of the executive government. This historical building, which gets its name from its traditional pink color, attracts a lot of travelers each year. Free guided tours are available in both Spanish and English: check out http://www.casarosada.gov.ar for further information.
  • The Puente de la Mujer: The Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge) is a famous uniquely shaped bridge located in Puerto Madero, a district of Buenos Aires which has played an important role in the Argentine economy. This impressive white structure attracts a lot of tourists each year and should not be missed.
  • The Cementerio de la Recoleta: The Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery) is a historic cemetery that houses the graves of famous Argentine people. It is renowned not only for the artistically-carved graves but also for housing the tomb of the beloved first lady Eva Perón.
  • The Obelisco de Buenos Aires: The Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a gigantic monument that was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Buenos Aires.
  • El Ateneo Grand Splendid: El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the five most stunning bookstores in the world. This magnificent bookshop, which was originally an elegant theater, draws over a million visitors each year.
  • La Boca: Renowned for being the birthplace of tango, La Boca is a neighborhood (barrio) which housed the first Italian immigrants. With its pastel-colored houses, the barrio attracts many visitors each year. It is also renowned among football fans since it hosts the Boca Juniors football club, once joined by famous Argentine player Diego Maradona.
Buenos Aires - La Boca

Buenos Aires - La Boca

Best Buenos Aires Experiences

  • Enjoying Wine events: Argentina is famous for its great selection of wines. Experience wine tasting with Anuva Wines. Taste wines from the best Argentine vineyards and talk to sommeliers or club members.
  • Taking a Gaucho Party Tour: The term Gaucho is commonly used to describe the South-American cowboy. Taking a Gaucho Party Tour will give you an opportunity to experience the traditional Argentine culture: learn about the gaucho’s life, try some empanada (traditional gaucho’s meat pies) and have an Argentine barbeque. You can also experience some horseback riding or listen to folk songs.
  • Visiting the Café Tortoni: Open since 1858, this coffee house has become one of Buenos Aires’ historic sites. People stop by to enjoy exceptional coffee as well as to learn about the café’s interesting history.
  • Enjoying the San Telmo Market: During your trip, do not miss this authentic flea market held at Plaza Dorrego, the main public square of San Telmo (the oldest Barrio of Buenos Aires). Each Sunday, antique lovers and travelers come to see and buy some artistic antique or handicraft. You can also enjoy street performances or tango dances everywhere, while sipping Argentine coffee.
  • Experiencing skydiving: Experience some tandem skydiving and contemplate a stunning view of Buenos Aires while diving through 3,000 meters (9,000 feet) of air.

Tango happens in the street in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, often known as the Paris of South America, combines the sophistication of Europe with the passion of South America. With its interesting culture, the capital of Argentina will surely meet all your expectations.

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