An image of the rainbow from the Costa Rica album

Costa Rica, Pura vida (healthy life)

On this trip, we stayed at Four Seasons hotel at Peninsula Papagayo, an unspoiled world of eco-luxury offering unparalleled access to nature, adventure and relaxation. Therefore, we had no reason to leave that properly other than a couple hours when taking the horse back riding.

We flew in and out San Jose airport which is around 245 km (close to 152 miles) driving distance from the hotel - almost a half of the island. With the car rental and no highway, we had to drive through the country side that allowed us to better see the Costa Rica life style and nature. It was a really nice driving experience, but we didn’t take any photo during that ride. Hope you will enjoy our memories from this trip.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in the Americas. It is a country proud of its heritage and tradition of negotiation over confrontation, social development over military spending and tolerance over hostility. It is the home to many international organizations such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the University for Peace of the United Nations and the Earth Council... In 1502, on his fourth and last voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus made the first European landfall in the area. Settlement of Costa Rica began in 1522. The Spanish optimistically called the place “Rich Coast.” Finding little gold or other valuable minerals in Costa Rica, however, the Spanish turned to agriculture. For nearly three centuries, Spain administered the region as part of the Captaincy General of Guatemala under a military governor. The small landowners’ relative poverty, the lack of a large indigenous labor force, the population’s ethnic and linguistic homogeneity, and Costa Rica’s isolation from the Spanish colonial centers in Mexico and the Andes all contributed to the development of an autonomous and individualistic agrarian society. An egalitarian tradition also arose. This tradition survived the widened class distinctions brought on by the 19th-century introduction of banana and coffee cultivation and consequent accumulations of local wealth. Costa Rica joined other Central American provinces in 1821 in a joint declaration of independence from Spain. Costa Rica abolished its military forces in 1949 and since then has devoted substantial resources to investment in health and education. It is a country that has placed a high priority in investing in public education, including the university system, as well as technical and vocational training. Its population of 4.4 million people enjoys a literacy rate of 96% and a life expectancy of 79.3 years. The Costa Rican government is ruled by a series of constitutional controls. The executive responsibilities rest on the President, supported by two Vice-presidents and a 57 Congressmen cabinet; all of them are elected every 4 years. The country has a strong legal system managed by the “Judicial Power”, which ensures law compliancen and covers both nationals and foreigners within the country’s territory.

An image from the beach to the horizon

Costa Rica is known for its incredible national parks, where tourists can enjoy some thrilling activities like river rafting, canyoning, cave tubing, and zip lining. It's also one of the best places for animal lovers to discover some interesting wildlife like macaws, sea turtles, and adorable sloths.

It is known for its volcanoes, cloud forests and sandy beaches.

Costa Rica is blessed with impressive scenic beauty a fact that is not lost on the more than one million tourists that visit each year. Located in Central America in an area that covers 51.000 square kilometers (19.729 square miles),.... Costa Rica possesses approximately 6% of the world’s biodiversity. Because of Costa Rica’s small size, a diverse array of fabulous sites is within easy access. A trip to Costa Rica affords the opportunity to visit 12 different life zones, 20 national parks, 26 protected areas, nine forest reserves, eight biological reserves and seven wildlife sanctuaries. Costa Rica is the birthplace of ecotourism. The country is often cited as a model for conservation in harmony with community development and economic growth.

The 2008 World Bank Study for Global Governance Indicators ranks Costa Rica in the first place within Latin America for political stability....It is not surprising that tourism is Costa Rica’s main source of income and hard currency. Costa Rica receives over 1.7 million tourists per year, the majority of whom come from the United States and Canada. Earnings from tourism amount to more than $1.7 billion US dollars per year. It is estimated that up to 80% of all visitors to the country come to do eco-tourism related activities.

The horseback riding

This few hours horseback riding tour took us through the nature with several plants and animal species.

The sunset at the beach

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at peninsula Papagayo

The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo opened in January 2004, adding the first sprawling luxury resort to the country’s list of eco-friendly retreats and beach lodgings.

Forbes Travel Guide has recognized Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo with the Five Star rating, its highest honour.

An image from Four Seasons hotel