C is for COSTA RICA!!!

Word of the week: “discapacidad” (disability)

Pura Vida, the popular saying here in Costa Rica translates to “Pure Life“. It can be used amongst locals as a greeting, good-bye or just because! However, it is difficult for some to truly fulfill their purest form of life due to limited accessibility in major necessities such as public transportation (buses, taxis, trains, etc.)

Costa Rican’s take much pride in their country and it’s nature-esque scene. The government is working to accommodate everyone from the youngest, to the oldest in terms of being able to get around town and enjoy all the country has to offer. For example, senior citizens over the age of 65 are given access to the countries autobus lines with “gratis tarifa” or a free fare! How awesome is this?! Especially when the average life span per person is roughly 79 years of age. The majority of senior citizens can enjoy this privilege, but only when they are physically able to do so. Made up of many different private bus lines, the Costa Rican government is working toward a progressive transportation system that can accommodate those who may be in wheelchairs, for example. Approximately 10% of Costa Rica’s population is living with some sort of disability. Whether physical, visual, mental, etc., the country so far has only seemed to have been able to accommodate a small percentage in their ability to fully function on their own. Assistance is available as needed, however, help is most common in metropolitan-like areas such as San Jose versus a more rural-like area outside of town. Although falling in short in areas that accommodate this population, it is all a work in progress. As I discover more in my public health coursework and community service, I will be sure to update my thread! To be continued….

This country houses 28 National Parks, all with individual characteristics that make each of them unique. Tapantí Rainforest (pictured above) sits just under 8,500 ft above sea level. Sustainable at best, this source of hydroelectricity and drinking water for San Jose locals makes it a viable asset to all. Unfortunately, I noticed that it was NOT one of the parks that can accommodate the needs of most individuals with physical or visual limitations.

That’s all for now. Until then……. Pura Vida! (

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