2. Don’t Let Your Snake Guard Down
We certainly don’t want to scare you away from Costa Rica, but you should be aware that there are 22 venomous species of snake slithering around the country. This includes the fer-de-lance, eye-lash viper and coral snake. In fact, it is estimated that there are two deadly snakes per hectare there. Rest assured, they’re usually shy try to avoid people, but bites do happen (especially during El Niño cycles). Between 2005 and 2013, 6,424 people sought treatment for snakebites in Costa Rica. The medical system is very good here, so most afflicted people live, but it’s not something you want to experience on your holiday. Be vigilant, stay on marked trails and obey your guide.