About Costa Rica
Costa Rica has been historically a natural geographic bridge to the Americas, known for its amazing biodiversity. Although Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 % of the earth´s surface, it contains nearly 5% of the world´s bio diversity. In a range of 51,000 square km (the total surface of Costa Rica), our country offers enormous geographic and climatic diversity (due to micro climates), including world- class beaches in the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, mountain ranges, rainforests, tropical forests, marine areas, wetlands, and impressive volcanoes among others. Therefore, tourism has grown as a main source of economic income for the country, presenting very interesting and varied opportunities for those who would like to combine the Regional Conference with a well-deserved vacation.
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Political and Economic Conditions
Costa Rica is considered one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It is also well known for its stable democracy and the abolishment of the army in 1949. Costa Rica, due to its progressive environmental policies, has been able to allocate approximately 25% of the country’s land area into preserved areas, consisting of 26 national parks and protected areas, more than any other country in the world. Costa Rica plans to become a carbon-neutral country by 2021. The Capital City is San José, and it is located in the mid-west of the Central Valley. It has an estimated population of 333,980 residents. San José is a vibrant and interesting city to discover, offering many cultural and artistic activities during the year.
The Climate in Costa Rica is tropical year round. There are only two seasons, a dry season (December to April) and a rainy season (May to November). The Capital City of San José, where the Regional Conference takes place, enjoys a very moderate and pleasant temperature, as the weather here has an average of 22 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit temperature, year round, and is tempered with a cool breeze in the evenings.
Banking and Exchange
The national currency is the COLON, the current exchange rate is USD $1.00 (USDollar) = ₡ 598.07 colones. Or ₡1,00 = USD $ 0,00175310. Foreign currency may be changed at banks and airports. All major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
US Dollars exchange is possible all over the country. In San Pedro, site of our university campuses, there are at least four different bank offices, and inside and around the Main Campus there are more than 10 ATMs available.