Chirripo Mountain is the highest point in Costa Rica at 12,500 feet. The country’s lowest point is 790 feet below sea level in the caves of Barra Honda National Park.

There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active. Poas Volcano, just north of San Jose, has the second widest crater in the world (nearly one mile in diameter), and Arenal Volcano is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica at 11,259 feet.

There are 800 miles of coastline in Costa Rica between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

The Tempisque River Bridge (known locally as El Puente de Amistad) that connects the mainland to the Nicoya Peninsula was a gift from Taiwan.  The Tempisque River, or Río Tempisque, is 144 km long (89.5 miles), located entirely in Costa Rica flowing from the Guanacaste Cordillera near the Orosí Volcano and emptying into the Gulf of Nicoya. It passes through the Palo Verde National Park and is an important habitat for various species of crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and birds. Adults on the Cultural Exchange tour heading into and away from Nicoya will cross this bridge many times; the Ticos are very proud if it, and it is a beautiful bridge!