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Costa Rica opens new earthquake tour to attract holidaymakers

Tour companies in Costa Rica are using earthquakes to attract more holidaymakers with interactive tours. Magmatica, an educational tour company, has launched tours in Cartago, Costa Rica's old capital, which explore the county's natural history, geography and relationship with volcanoes, as well as an earthquake simulation.

Costa Rica opens new earthquake tour to attract holidaymakers

Costa Rica is using earthquakes to lure holidaymakers through new interactive tours that delve into the history and geography of the country.

The educational tour company, Magmatica, has launched tours that take tourists on a journey through the natural history and geography of Costa Rica, and explores it history and close proximity to some of the world's most disastrous earthquakes.

Taking place in Costa Rica's former capital Cartago, just 16 miles away from San Jose, the tour was officially opened by officials from the Tourism Ministry and representatives from the Education Ministry, National Emergency Commission and Volcanological and the Seismological Observatory.

The tour costs $15 for adults and $10 for children and features educational videos and exhibits. At the end, there will be an earthquake simulation that will recreate some of Central America's most historic natural disasters including the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile in 2010.

Marcela Calvo, the President of Magmatica, explained:

"Approximately two years ago, we were thinking that Cartago needed something different and complementary to its existing tourist attractions. We also wanted to offer fun and education to both national and international visitors.

"We have become a desirable tourist destination in the world, and it's because of our natural and cultural beauty. With Magmatica, we put these elements together."

As well as entertaining holidaymakers, one of the main aims of the project is to promote awareness of earthquakes and encourage people to take preventative measures in communities and homes.

Magmatica also has a restaurant that serves traditional Costa Rican dishes, a miniature football field, and a gift shop for travellers visiting Cartago.

"Tourism is really important for Cartago. It is an element that we haven't developed in a strong way. That's why the Cartago Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, in conjunction with the Municipality of Cartago and other actors, are pursuing a strategy to explore all of the beauties of Cartago."

Concluded Cartago's Mayor Rolando Rodriguez.

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