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129. pura vida

yesterday costa rica celebrated its independence

we are one of the smallest, yet happiest nations in the planet

we only cover 0.1% of the planet’s surface, yet hold a brilliant, beautiful and diverse 5% of the world’s biodiversity

25% of our country is revered and protected as national parks, most of the rest of it still looks like one

we are the only country in the world to not decrease or sustain, but increase our forest coverage, 100% in the last 20 years

95% of our energy is provided by our mother earth, from wind, hydroelectric and geothermal sources

we are the first nation to abolish its army, and public education is free and mandatory

our wealth is not measured in money, skyscrapers, or possessions

our wealth is measured in our ancient trees, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, beaches, frogs, butterflies, birds, dolphins, turtles, monkeys, whales, humans, the list goes on

our way of life is encapsulated on our most famous saying, ‘ pura vida ‘

so if you ever find yourself drawn to our nation, please visit it with respect for its people and places

support and visit the places that are ecologically mindful, and do not spend a cent on those huge hotels that are scarring the face of our coasts

we must send a message to everyone on this planet that it is being in relationship with nature what really matters in this life, not owning it and looking down on it to do as you please with it

support, play, celebrate and participate with our people, biologists, artists, campesinos and so many more that love our mother earth as much as they love love itself

paz, amor, alegría, pura vida costa rica!

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