Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast", constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. It has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index and is cited by the UNDP as one of the countries that has attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels. The country is ranked 3rd in the world, and 1st among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.


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Open Air Train through Rain Forest

Flame Trees

Howler Monkeys

Howler Money Departing

Eastern Costa Rica Landscape

In the Sparse Rain Forest

View from the Train

Local Dugout Canoes

Young Banana Plants

Homes of Plantation Workers

Friendlies along the Train Route

Daily Costa Rican Life

At the Train Station

Barbed Wire Encircles Everything

Tortuguero Canal

Egret on the Canal

Sloth just "Hangin' in There"

Egret Parade

Other Local Wild Life

Still "Hangin Out"

Basilisk Lizard

Preening Male Iguana in the wild

More Rainforest Friends

Approaching Banana Plantation

Young Bananas Bagged for Protection

Removing the Blue Bags

Washing Them Down

Good Bananas Float

Packed for Export

Banana "Seeds" for the Future

Achiote Used for Red Dye

Inside the Cocoa Bean

Puerto Limon Tourist Area

Puerto Limon Shopping Mayhem