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Free Downloadable Costa Rica Map - Detailed PDF Map
Driving in Costa Rica is a lot of fun. Although our clients always go with a GPS it is also good to get some ideas as to travel distances in the planning process. Check the Costa Rica Interactive Travel Map
Tracking flights is made easy with this resource. This resource allows you to check airline fares over a period of time to help you choose the best fare. Check - Airfare Comparisons
Exchange Rates - Worldwide Exchange Rate Converter
Weather - Weekly Forecast
Costa Rica Chamber of Tourism - CANATUR
Costa Rica Institute of Tourism - I.C.T.
Atenas Chamber of Tourism - CATUCA
Embassies in Costa Rica
Embassy of Belgium in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of Belgium in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Canada in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of Canada in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of the Czech Republic in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of the Czech Republic in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of China in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of China in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of France in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of France in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Germany in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of Germany in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Italy in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of Italy in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of Japan in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of Japan in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of The Netherlands in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of The Netherlands in San Jose, Costa Rica
Embassy of the United States of America in San Jose, Costa Rica - Embassy of the United States of America in San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Today
Once a largely agricultural country, the twin pillars of Costa Rica's current economy are technology and eco-tourism. Costa Rica's major source of export income is technology based. Microsoft, Motorola, Intel and other technology related firms have established operations in Costa Rica. Local companies create and export software as well as other computer related products. Tourism is growing at an accelerated pace and many believe that income from this tourism may soon become the major contributor to the nation's GDP. Traditional agriculture, particularly coffee and bananas, continues to be an important contributor to Costa Rica's export income.
A small but growing number of countries are racing to become "carbon neutral" by reducing or offsetting their emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
Roberto Dobles, the minister of environment and energy for Costa Rica, calls the race the "carbon-neutral World Cup."
His country recently became the first to make the green pledge.
"We realize that climate change is probably the major challenge facing humanity today, and it's everyone's responsibility to combat it," Dobles said in an interview at his office in San Jose.
The quest for carbon neutrality seeks to balance the amount of carbon dioxide a country releases by burning fossil fuels with the amount that it captures or offsets by, for example, planting trees.
At a United Nations climate conference last month, the U.N.'s Environment Program launched a new online network of countries engaged in the carbon-neutral endeavor.
At the 154-nation talks, Monaco, the host country, became the fifth to commit to carbon neutrality, joining Norway, New Zealand, and Costa Rica.
The smart money may be on Costa Rica to get there first, experts say, even though the small Central American country faces a host of problems, from illegal logging to overdevelopment fueled by tourism.
"There are advantages that Costa Rica offers to becoming carbon neutral," said Manuel Ramirez, Costa Rica director for the environmental nonprofit Conservation International.
For example, over 80 percent of Costa Rica's energy is already generated through renewable sources, such as water and wind.
And the country's rich tropical biosphere makes the environmental stakes especially high there.
Slightly smaller than West Virginia, Costa Rica is believed to house about 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species.
"Because Costa Rica is so biologically intense, we recognize that we have a special responsibility," said Dobles, the environment minister.
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