Area: 51,100 sq. km (19,730 sq. mi.) about the size of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
Cities: Capital--San Jose (greater metropolitan area pop. 2.1 million). Other major cities outside the San Jose capital area--Puntarenas, Limon, and Liberia. Total population (2007 est.): 4.13 million.
Terrain: A rugged, central range separates the eastern and western coastal plains.
Climate: Mild in the central highlands, tropical and subtropical in coastal areas.
Big Five Tours & Expeditions: Luxury leisure travel for special interest groups - see pictures of trip to San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park.