Costa Rica is a country of paradise. It prides on being natural and boast one of the largest number of exotic species of flora and fauna. Benefiting also from its beautiful landscapes and beaches, the country is a thriving magnet for tourist and eco-tourist alike. The capital of the nation, San Jose plays host to one of the must-attend festivals, Las Fiestas de Zapote which is a celebration of everything that is Costa Rican. This takes place at the end of every year. The city that is surrounded by lush mountains and landscapes is inhabited by at least half of Costa Rica’s entire population. Take a tour downtown visiting the numerous collections of the museum the city has to offer. Experience the street life of San Jose and be entertained by street jugglers and percussionists. Take a bus up to the volcanoes of Poas and Irazu. Put your surfing skills to the test at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca where the fierce waves and close shorelines make it one of the most challenging locations. Go snorkelling and view the underwater wildlife at the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, Playa Conchal. Explore the national parks of Costa Rica at Manuel Antonio and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Rush to lay your hands on a local favourite delicacy, churros which is a form of Spanish doughnut at ChurrerĂ­a Manolo in San Jose.