¡Pura Vida! in Costa Rica

¡Pura Vida! is a common phrase used in Costa Rica which translated means, “simple life” or “pure life”. But it’s more than a saying for Costa Ricans, it’s a way of life. They use this term as a way to say hello, goodbye, or to say everything is fine[i].

The country has 5 million inhabitants, half of those live in the capital city, San Jose. The country has four types of rainforests and over 60 volcanoes. The highest volcano in the country is the Irazu Volcano.

Most impressive is the progressive environmental policies the country has developed. According to Wikipedia, “Costa Rica plans to become a carbon-neutral country by 2021. By 2016, 98.1% of its electricity was generated from green sources specifically hydro, solar, geothermal and biomass.” The country pays special attention to using recyclable and biodegradable products. They started using paper straws long before it became a trend in North America. Costa Ricans are proud of their country and are focused on sustaining it for generations to come.


[i] http://costarica-information.com/about-costa-rica

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