I went to Costa Rica in the summer of 2011. It was a pretty last minute decision to go (I bought my flight a week before I left lol) only because I realized that I had a week off from work the exact week my cousin was going (fate, perhaps? 😉 hah ). I am sooooo glad I went for it though! Costa Rica fascinated me, mostly because of its virgin and untouched rain forests and beautiful natural environment. I had never experienced a country with such a vast array of greenery and wildlife. This may also be because I stayed in the Arenal Area deep in the rain forests, versus the capital city, San Jose. But regardless, Costa Rica is deff. a place for the adventurous . If you love the outdoors, have an appreciation for nature and desire to immerse yourself into a culture where the locals have such an extraordinary passion for living life to the fullest … Costa Rica is for you!
Pura vida- is a characteristic Costa Rican phrase. It literally means pure life, however, the real meaning is closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living.”
Pura Vida is basically the Costa Rican signature expression. As defined above, it essentially signifies the carefree, passionate, vivacious, thoughtful and explorative way of life of the Costa Rican people. It has become one of my absolute favorite phrases and really represents the hospitality of the country’s natives and their overall love of life. In fact, we met quite a few Americans that had dropped everything they had back home ( many of them, past members of corporate America) and moved to Costa Rica to exchange their stressful, hectic and busy daily routines for a much more relaxed, simple and peaceful lifestyle.
Here are some pictures taken from Arenal, home of the Arenal Active volcano. Our many adventures included visiting the volcano’s natural hot springs, hiking the volcano, zip lining over 650 feet above the rainforest floor, repelling down waterfalls, a boat tour of the rainforest on the border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica and checking out the abundant wildlife !
The next couple of photos are from Tamarindo… Which is a cute little surf town about 2-3 hours away from Arenal. We ended our trip here, spending a few days relaxing by the beach ❤
It was quite difficult to truly capture the beauty of the Costa Rican Rainforest through my mediocre camera lol. Once in it, though, I was genuinely speechless. The different natural elements of the country are absolutely beautiful and worth checking out at least once in your life. The environment will teach you to have an appreciation for our natural world and really allow you to understand just how much devastation humans have caused to so many of the earth’s ecosystems. Very rarely will you find a country that really takes care of and respects its natural resources… Costa Rica is one of them.
In addition, the various outdoor activities they offer will turn you into a true adventure addict. I never considered or thought of myself as a daredevil before I went to Costa Rica. However, I am so glad my cousin, Sofia, pushed me to do the various activities that we did. Taking that leap outside my comfort zone was necessary in order for me to realize that I was much more courageous than I had ever perceived myself to be. In the words of Paulo Coelho, when you travel, “You begin to realize that deep in your unconscious mind, there is someone much more interesting and adventurous and someone much more open to the world,”. This “identity” is difficult to tap into from a continuous, daily routine and comfortable setting. Travel, therefore, allows you to experiment with the unknown and subsequently grow…And by doing so, one feels liberated and believes much more in their own capabilities to accomplish and do anything they’ve ever desired! 😉