Tropical rainforests, mountains and lush coastlines converge to create a Central American gem: Costa Rica. While Costa Rican culture is centered in San Jose, its natural wonders run coast to coast. Grand European Travel’s Eco Tours put you in the middle of nature’s splendor. Vast natural reserves and parks cover much of the land. All teem with native flora and fauna—1,000 different orchids and hundreds of bird and mammal species. And the Arenal Volcano creates both scenic beauty and relaxing hot springs. Where else can you walk through a rainforest tree canopy like you can in the Monteverde Cloud Forest? Costa Rica’s unique natural wonders are always on display during a Grand European eco vacation.

Weather
The climate in Costa Rica varies by region, with hot, dry days in the Pacific Northwest and hot, humid days in the coastal areas. The Central Valley generally has a milder climate year-round, with temperatures in the mid-70s. The rainy or green season runs from May to early December. During this time, mornings are usually sunny, and storms typically shower the afternoons.

Geography
North to south and east to west, Costa Rica never measures more than 200 miles in length or width. Despite being the second smallest country in Latin America, she boasts an incredible 5% of the world's biodiversity. Costa Rica's landscape encompasses mountains, active volcanoes, black and white sand beaches, rain and cloud forests, rivers and waterfalls. There are four main geographical areas: the Tropical Lowlands (consisting of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts), the Northern Central Plains, the Central Valley and the Northwest Peninsula.

Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Costa Rica traditionally celebrates:
March 19 - Dia de San Jose (St. Joseph's Day)
February-March (depending on the year) - Miercoles de Ceniza (Ash Wednesday), Semana Santa (Easter Week). Businesses will close the entire week before Easter.
April 11 - Dia de Juan Santamaria (National Hero's Day)
May 1 - Dia de los Trabajadores (Labor Day)
June 25 & 29 - Anexion de Guanacaste & Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo (St. Peter and. Paul's Day)
August 2 & 15 - Dia de la Virgen de Los Angeles (Virgin of Los Angeles Day) & Dia de la Madre (Mother's Day)
September 15 - Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day)
October 12 - Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day)
November 2 - All Soul's Day
Christmas Week - Christmas to New Year's you will find many businesses, attractions and other establishments closed.

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