FIVE centuries ago, the Spaniards first visited this region. They called it Costa Rica (Rich Coast), thinking that they would find an abundance of gold
Costa Ricans are known as Ticos,which comes from their custom of adding “-ico” to the end of words to form the diminutive. For example, instead of saying “un momento”(just a moment), they might say “un momentico” (just a little moment). In everyday speech they often say “¡pura vida!” (pure life!) to express their appreciation or their agreement or to say “hello” or “goodbye.”
One of Costa Rica’s favorite dishes is gallo pinto (literally meaning “spotted rooster”)
Costa Rica’s forests have an astounding variety of plants and animals, such as this red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas).
DID YOU KNOW?
Hundreds of finely crafted stone spheres have been found in Costa Rica. The largest one is eight feet (2.4 m) in diameter. Some are estimated to be more than 1,400 years old. No one knows for certain why they were made!