Important Laws of Costa Rica

Here at Anywhere Costa Rica we are supportive of Costa Rica's ideals both culturally and legally. Although we will not attempt to inform you about all of Costa Rica's hundreds of laws, but we do want to address the following laws which are particularly important for tourists. Anywhere Costa Rica feels strongly that these laws should be respected and understood by all visitors.

National Law of Archaeological Heritage

Besides Costa Rica's rich biodiversity and stunning landscape there are a number of archaeological sites throughout the country and some that likely have not been uncovered. Anywhere Costa Rica strongly supports Act No. 6703 National Law of Archaeological Heritage which mandates that archaeological sites are property of the state and all objects discovered in our outside of an archaeological heritage site must be passed into the hands of the state and kept by the National Museum. Unfortunately over the years this has not always been the case and 3 parties have discovered archaeological objects and removed them from the country without permission. So if in the unlikely chance you discover an ancient object on a hike through the rainforest please make sure you report it and whatever you do, don't try to bring it home with you.

Law of Wildlife Conservation

Costa Rica is famous many things, but its beautiful natural environment is at the top of the list. However without their progressive protection of lands and wildlife in the past Costa Rica would not be what it is today and without increased measures of protection and conservation it will not be what it is today for future generations. Act No. 7317 Law of Wildlife Conservation is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and for visitors that enter Costa Rica's sensitive eco system it is very important to remain in compliance at all times.

Easy to follow guidelines of Costa Rica's Wildlife Conservation Law 7317:

Do not remove or disrupt any plant life plant. Do not attempt to engage or remove any animal from their habitat. Do not feed the animals because it will change their eating habits and create an unhealthy dependence on humans. Unfortunately there are some examples of what happens when these practices are not followed. Along some roads in the country animals are attracted to cars in hopes of being fed because people have stopped and fed them in the past. These animals have changed their habits and are always on the edge of the road, just waiting for someone to stop and feed them. Tragically it is also common to see animals that have been accidentally killed on the roads, often they appear suddenly in the middle of the road, because they have grown accustomed to cars and the food they bring.

Profiles of Costa Rica Birds, Sea Mammals, Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates

Map of Costa Ricas Conservation Zones

*Profiles of Costa Rica Nature Reserves *

*Profiles of Costa Rica National Parks *

Law of Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Costa Rica has made great strides to increase its accessibility to persons of disabilities. Although its terrrain and infrastructure in many towns leaves a lot to desire we support Act 7600 Law of Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities.

Anywhere Costa Rica has not hired someone who has a disability, but we are completely open to that possibility should we receive an application and the candidate meets our requirements required for the job.

Law Against Sexual Exploitation of Under Age Person

Anywhere Costa Rica is committed to complying with and educating the visitors of Costa Rica about Act 7899 – Law Against Sexual Exploitation of Under Age Person. We wish to help support and nurture the health of Costa Rican children and adolescents and under no circumstances will we promote sex tourism of any kind or sexual abuse against under age national and foreign children. This type of behavior is severely punished and the Costa Rican authorities who will prosecute, and condemn with the full weight of the law to any person who commits any of these acts.