We're all still a little shaken after this week's earthquake, but fortunately, there doesn't seem to have been much damage and very few people were hurt. Sadly, this wasn't the case back in 1991, when another powerful tremor shook the country, causing widespread damage and casualties. Although the quake was a little before my time - I wasn't even a tadpole back then! - some of the locals remember it well.
When I'm out exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica, I can't help but wonder what things used to be like a long time ago. Although a lot of people come here for the beaches and tropical climate, others visit Costa Rica to learn more about our rich culture and history. Let's explore how Costa Rica came to be!
Some experts believe that human settlements in Costa Rica can be traced back as far as 10,000 years! However, it wasn't until famous explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the province of Limon in 1508 that the Colonial period of Costa Rica's history began. Before Columbus arrived, the country was referred to as the Intermediate Area, as what is now Costa Rica was nestled between the Mesoamerican and Andean cultural regions to the north and south.