Gap Years and Backpacking in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a gap year paradise, and offers backpackers a myriad of tropical travel experiences. From Caribbean and Pacific beaches to rainforests, temperate forests, high mountains, volcanoes and marshy lowlands, Costa Rica has it all.

This is an awesomely forward-thinking and progressive country. They abolished their army decades ago, and regularly place highly on global quality-of-life indexes and leagues tables for health, education, environment and democracy within Latin America. Costa Rica has also been rated one of the 'greenest' countries on Earth, and its government intends to become the world's first carbon-neutral country.

It's a great place to volunteer on your gap year, with loads of options to teach or work on conservation projects with big cats, monkeys and turtles. Adventurous travellers will not be disappointed either; you can surf, go white-water rafting, wildlife spotting, hiking and trekking.

Costa Rica, which literally translates as 'Rich Coast', is an ideal one-country destination or an amazing place to visit as part of a trip through Central America.


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Gap Facts - Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has a population of 4.5 million and a life expectancy of almost 77 years, one of the highest in the world. Approximately 2.1 million people live in the capital of San Jose, making it buzzing...

Gap Facts - Costa Rica

Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet's surface...