Looking through an old travel journal, I realized that it has been ten years since I visited Costa Rica. What a trip it was in such an environmentally proactive country with its natural beauty and friendly people. I did it all - the walking over rope bridges, riding a horse, the hikes in the tropical rain forest and the views of Arenal the active volcano. And, the colorful birds...I will never forget.
Somehow, I knew I would return for a more in-depth experience where I could get a better feel for the country's people and at a slower pace where I could observe more carefully.
This trip will be focusing on the Pacific side of the country with Tamarindo as home base.
Costa Rica literally means "Rich Coast", officially the Republic of Costa Rica, and is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east and Ecuador to the south. It has a population of around 4.5 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San Jose.