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LEARN MORE ABOUT COSTA RICA

One of the Happiest Countries in the World
One of the Happiest Countries in the World

National Geographic

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The Most Beautiful Country in the World
The Most Beautiful Country in the World

Conde Nast Traveler

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UN Champion of the Earth
UN Champion of the Earth

UN Environmental Programme

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En Route to Carbon Neutrality
En Route to Carbon Neutrality

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WELCOME TO ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
~ ON A WHOLE LOT OF LEVELS

VOLCANOS.
TOUCANS. SLOTHS.
TAMALES.
99% RENEWABLE ENERGY.
JUNGLES. FORESTS.
WATERFALLS.
BEACHES.
YEP, COSTA RICA'S GOT THAT.

Ask anyone who has visited Costa Rica and top on their list will be Tico kindness.  What is a "Tico"?  It's what Costa Rican's call themselves: as they are known to add a diminutive "tico" to words when talking.  Costa Ricans often respond "Pura Vida" to an inquiry of how they are doing.  "Pure Life" is a way in which Ticos live their lives: low on stress, high on social and governmental support and just all-around happy. In fact, National Geographic named Costa Rica one of the happiest countries in the world in 2017.

With just over 5 million people people in a location about the size of West Virginia, it is considered one of the safest, most politically stable countries in Central America. It has been without an army for 70 years, instead devoting those expenditures to education, health care and protecting its natural resources.  With over 25% of its land protected and 99% of its energy generated from renewable resources (breaking its own records!), Costa Rica is an ecological paradise.
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WELCOME TO THE SWEET, RURAL COMMUNITY OF LA FLOR

Located in the Northern Central valley of Costa Rica one hour East of the famous Arenal Volcano is the small community of La Flor in the region of Rio Cuarto, the Go Tico! host community.  With about 300 residents, the town also has a religious hall, elementary school, soccer plaza, and an expansive Dole pineapple plantation.  A single dirt road runs the length of the town, extending toward more sizable Pital to the Northwest and Venecia to the Southwest.

La Flor is a wonderfully safe and friendly community, and many of the residents are extended family or friends who have lived in the town for years.  Most men in the community work in agriculture, specifically pineapple, transporting, harvesting or managing plantations.  Most women care for children or grandchildren at home while also running a small side business, such as baking, sewing or raising chickens and selling their goods to residents or nearby towns.  The local grocery store is a 15 minute walk away in nearby La Tabla.  The odds of crossing paths with a sloth, some leaf cutter ants, a toucan, or a poison dart frog en route are high.  Nearby is a freshwater, spring-fed river that forms a cool, clean swimming hole many residents frequent, as the climate is quite hot and often humid.

The community of La Flor is incredibly welcoming and enjoy hosting visitors in their community.  Residents love to share their culture and are eager to engage with international travelers.