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Discover Costa Rica Through Photos

Costa Rica is an unusual animal in Central America, being one of the few countries in that part of the world to boast a relatively conflict free history. Certainly they were annexed by Spain and went through a civil war, but the government was declared a democracy in 1869 — at an earlier stage than many countries that still haven’t been declared as such. I found modern Costa Rica to be a milieu of intense nature and laid back locals. I woke up to howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, large insects scaling my walls and frogs chortling. When a Costa Rican utters ‘Pura Vida” it’s not a flippant term tossed at your feet. Pura Vida means “pure life” — and Costa Ricans really believe in this — encompassing the good life. One of family, love and a deep connection to their environment. There’s a high number of farmers selling Costa Rican products like coffee, bananas and cacao (chocolate). This philosophy explains the government’s unwavering stance on eco-preservation, which makes Costa Rica one of the big players in eco-tourism. […]

By |January 5th, 2015|Costa Rica|19 Comments

Releasing Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Piro Beach was empty, but not silent. The darkness swallowed body and mind, until Manuel instructed us to turn on our headlamps. Our heaving breath was drowned out by the strong surf, roaring and crashing against the shore. The sand, in contrast, was soft and silky, sifting through my toes easily. Minutes before my feet were encased in rubber boots that scraped and pinched my big toes, but now free, I wiggled them, digging in the sand further. We all had to wear these boots, because when something is worth the journey, you walk miles to get there. We weaved through mucky paths and thick bush, crossed a river that weighed down my boots because water seeped in with alarming speed, only to navigate a muddy embankment, my boots squeaking from water and friction. Looming trees and engorged vines enveloped us, along with the dark. […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Adventure, Costa Rica|14 Comments

Baby Steps at Blue Osa

“Costa Ricans know what they have,” declared my seat mate on our Nature Air flight. Corcovado National Park trailed behind us as the small 15 seat plane dipped suddenly and levelled off. Golfo Dulce lay beneath us, a crystalline body of water that could hypnotize any creature who dared stare in its depths. The tiny plane was trying to maneuver a tight airstrip and avoid the trees that cut close if a calculation was slightly off. I prayed a little; the first time I had ever done such a thing on a flight. During the 50 minute plane journey, my seat mate introduced himself as John Lewis, one of the eco-resort founders of the Osa Peninsula, some 25 years ago. […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Costa Rica, Culture|8 Comments