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"To see the North Pacific at any one time is to know it in a moment of flux. It is a place of subtle drama, a land of cowboys and surfers, of transformations: of life as it once was, and the changes that now guide it into the future. Guanacaste's coast is ringed with some of the country's finest beaches, a mosaic of light and dark sands against which waves lap gently, or with exhilarating ferocity. Inland, long expanses of pasture are dotted with cattle, whos flanks grow fat and then lean with the changes of seasons. Above them, green trees are denuded briefly only to explode into brilliant bloom - summer's vivid flowers, set against the gold and tan of the parched landscape. The country's second international airport was established here to accommodate the growing demand of tourism. Despite the changes, there remains something timeless and enduring about Costa Rica's North Pacific - just enough of wilderness that cannot, dare not, be tamed."

"Lusher than the North Pacific, yet without the relentless humidity felt in the south or along the Caribbean, it's one of Costa Rica's most popular destinations. It is easy accessible from the San José capital; just two hours from urbanity the traveler is plunged into a thick riot of jungle that spills right to the edge of the sea. It's a surfer's delight and many of the country's top competitions are held on Central Pacific beaches. The nutrient-rich waters churn with life: sport-fishers wrestle with majestic sailfish, whose release will allow future generations to pit themselves against these masters of the deep. The song of humpback whales is half heard, half felt beneath the water's surface, as they migrate to these warm waters to clave their young, and grow fat before they return to colder climes. Yet as with the northern coast, the traditional ways of life - agriculture, fishing, cattle-herding - are shifting toward tourism. Land that was once thick with the proud heads of corn might today be better served by reforastation, the return of the natural habitat."

Pucci, J.J. Pucci, S. (2011). COSTA RICA ¡Pura Vida!.China.WKT
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"The Central Valley, nestled high between mountain ranges, is the country's undisputed nexus. Here live more than two-thirds of the country's four million inhabitants, in this fertile plateau ringed by volcanoes and rolling hills. In the 19th century a pivotal crop was planted in the Central Valley's high altitudes: from the rich volcanic soil grew the precious coffee beans that became the country's first great commerce. In the lofty cities that sprang up from the early settlements, the framework for a peaceful democracy was laid, an egalitarian government that would provide health care and education for its people. Through this physical heart the nation's blood pulses: from major roadways to the country's main rivers, from the seat of power to the fruit of the industries, everything flows from the Central Valley. Despite the bustle and energy of the cities, vast swatches of untuched forests, protected by national parks and reserves, lie just beyond the urban enclaves, juxtaposing Costa Rica's essential and emergent natures at the energetic crossroads of the Central Valley."