Bear with me – I’m in a groove with Costa Rica on my mind today. In the words of the Dalai Lama XIV “If a problem can be solved it will be. If it cannot be solved there is no use worrying about it.” Translation: There is absolutely no need to worry! Direction: Be happy!
Costa Rica accounts for only 3% of the earth’s surface. However it contains nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity. Its natural wealth, both in species and ecosystems, is partly explained by its geographical position. Costa Rica has served as a bridge of countless species of animals and plants for thousands of years.
The system of National Parks and Reserves covers an area of 1,342 hectares or 25.6% of its land area. These areas include islands and beaches, rain forests and dry, active volcanoes, hot springs, caves, river canyons and waterfalls. This biological heritage, the product of millions of years of evolution, presents us a spectacle of a nature not processed and undomesticated. The services these ecosystems provide to humanity are manifold. Courtesy of http://www.costarica-embassy.org/?q=node/12
Comparatively, Costs Rica has 14% of Canada’s population with only 1/2 of 1% of Canada’s overall size. It calculates to 95 people per square kilometer in Costa Rica compared to 4 people per square kilometer in Canada. But since 25.6% of Costa Rica is protected land, assuming it has no people, this ends up calculating to 128 people per square kilometer. However, that said, there is A LOT of Canada which has no people at all. As an example, Walter and I live just outside of Toronto which has 2.8 million people in 630 square kilometers. That calculates to 4,444 people per square kilometer. AND this then results in 699,370 square kilometers elsewhere in Canada without any people to make up for Toronto’s population.
Translation: Not nearly as many people to bump into at any given moment in Costa Rica. Direction: We’ll need to get out and meet them!
- Consumer Prices in Canada are 30.72% higher than in Costa Rica
- Consumer Prices including rent in Canada are 42.45% higher than in Costa Rica
- Rent Prices in Canada are 85.46% higher than in Costa Rica
- Restaurant Prices in Canada are 39.97% higher than in Costa Rica
- Grocery Prices in Canada are 35.80% higher than in Costa Rica
- However local purchasing power in Canada is 124.12% higher than in Costa Rica.
Translation: As long as you don’t need ‘stuff’ you are good to go! Direction: Go! Remember your camera!