About Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a blend of natural beauty and warm hospitality. Renowned for its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse ecosystems, Costa Rica offers a unique setting that transcends the traditional conference experience, offering 6% of the natural biodiversity in the world in such a small territory.

Costa Rica’s commitment to sustainability aligns seamlessly with the progressive themes of the SIGCHI conferences. In a remarkable testament to its environmental stewardship, Costa Rica has emerged as a global leader in sustainable energy practices, with 99.78% of the energy output for the entire nation in 2020 coming from renewable sources.

The warmth of the Costa Rican people, known for their friendliness and “Pura Vida” lifestyle, adds an inviting touch to its atmosphere. Around this topic, one unique aspect distinguishing Costa Rica on the global stage is its commitment to peace and disarmament. Costa Rica stands as one of the few countries in the world without a standing army since 1949.

Beyond its natural beauty, Costa Rica boasts a robust education and health system, reflecting its commitment to well-being and knowledge. With a literacy rate exceeding 97%, Costa Rica strongly emphasizes education, with the benefit that many locals are bilingual, fostering a welcoming environment. Furthermore, Costa Rica also takes pride in its universal healthcare system, which is regarded as one of the best in Latin America.

Despite initial misinformation about the COVID-19 situation in Costa Rica, the country’s proactive efforts to dispel myths surrounding vaccination and widespread acceptance among the population have resulted in a commendable vaccination rate. According to Johns Hopkins data, 90.4% of the Costa Rican population has received at least one vaccine dose, surpassing vaccination rates in the United States (81.8%) and the United Kingdom (79.2%). This fact places Costa Rica in a favorable position regarding pandemic management, reflecting the effectiveness of the country’s vaccination campaign and the resilience of its healthcare system.

Participants will be delighted to discover Costa Rica’s captivating tourist attractions, easily accessible through convenient one-day tours, whether it’s a journey to the iconic Arenal Volcano, a visit to the mystical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, or a relaxing day at Manuel Antonio National Park with its pristine beaches and diverse wildlife.

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for those seeking a conference experience that goes beyond the ordinary. It’s a country where the convergence of technology and nature creates a truly transformative experience, hopefully leaving conference participants with lasting memories and a renewed appreciation for the interconnectedness of innovation and the environment.

Written by SIGCHI Costa Rica