An early Feliz Navidad from Costa Rica! With its wonderful jungles and beaches, this is a place for outdoor adventure and serious relaxation, and we have gotten a lot of both during our week on the Pacific Coast — hiking, kayaking, eating and walking on beaches.
Carol and I have spent most of our time near Manuel Antonio National Park, a jungle that is full of all kinds of critters. Although we joined tours with naturalists to show us where to find the shy ones, we’ve learned you don’t have to leave your hotel to meet friends. Mammals, reptiles and bugs are everywhere. Here are a few we saw.
Our rafting guide tells us Costa Ricans refer to themselves as “Ticos,” and are proud that even though the country comprises .03% of the earth’s surface, Costa Rica contains 6% of its biodiversity. Also that the country eliminated its standing military in 1948 to dedicate its resources to universal health care and free education. It is still a poor country but has had 70 years of growth, political stability and improvements in social equity. That’s pura vida!