Pura Vida! (“everything’s OK!”)/Pura Vida? (what’s the mystery?) 

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“Pura Vida!” is a Costa Rican expression meaning “everything’s OK, everything’s fine.”

Ecotourism is big business in Costa Rica, and Ticos seem to welcome tourists. But can the traveler really know the truth of a country by a trip lasting less than two weeks? Can any of its mysteries be plumbed?

Isn’t a question mark— “Pura Vida?”—more appropriate punctuation for the mysterious or even unsettling aspects of a country that may lie just out of view?