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Quiz: How well do you really know Costa Rica?

Wildlife-thick jungles, steaming volcanoes, cascading waterfalls and seas filled with whales, crocs and turtles. Yep, Costa Rica packs a lot in... but how much do you know about it?

How well do you know Costa Rica? (Shutterstock)

Think you know a lot about Costa Rica? It's time to put your knowledge of this wonderful, wildlife-packed Central American nation to the test, with our tricky quiz. Good luck!

1. What is the capital of Costa Rica?

Guanacaste

Limón

San José

San Sebastian

2. This animal can be spotted in Costa Rica. Do you know what it’s called?

Tapir

Coati

Anteater

Ocelot

3. Roughly, how much of Costa Rica is composed of protected natural territory and conservation?

3%

14%

19%

26%

4. Which two countries border Costa Rica?

Nicaragua and Panama

Ecuador and Nicaragua

Panama and Ecuador

Guatemala and El Salvador

5. Costa Rica hasn’t had an army since which year?

1922

2001

1948

Nice try! It still has an army

6. Can you name the national bird of Costa Rica?

Mangrove hummingbird

Yigüirro

Fiery-billed aracari

Resplendent quetzal

7. What is the official language spoken in Costa Rica?

Spanish

Costa Rican

Portuguese

French

8. Costa Rica’s highest mountain is Chirripo Hill. How tall is it?

3,820m

8,230m

3,280m

2,830m

9. How many birds are estimated to migrate through Costa Rica every year?

500

1,000

Five million

Ten million

10. What is the name of this volcano in Costa Rica?

Arenal

Barva

Irazú

Turrialba

11. 'Pura Vida' is a local phrase in Costa Rica. What exactly does it translate to?

Life is perfect

Pure green

The pure life

Green power

12. Ballena National Marine Park is named after (and is famous for) which animal?

Turtle

Shark

Whale

Manatee

13. How many national parks are in Costa Rica?

7

19

27

29

14. How many active volcanoes are in Costa Rica?

Zero

Three

Six

12

15. During Costa Rica’s arribada (mass arrival) approximately how many Olive Ridley turtles come to lay eggs on the beaches of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge’s beaches?

5,000

50,000

100,000

500,000

16. During the same time, approximately how many eggs are laid by these turtles?

100,000

One million

Five millon

10 million

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