Arenal, Costa Rica

After three good months in Oaxaca we’re finally off and into the great unknown. Our first stop was Arenal, Costa Rica. After flying into San Jose, we rented a car and made the 2.5 hour drive north to get there. If you’ve ever driven the south island of New Zealand then you’ll have some idea of the incredible beauty of this drive. High, rolling green hills stretching to the horizon, thick jungles, charming towns…it’s like a scene out of The Hobbit. We were also impressed by how clean everything was. In Mexico, you just take it for granted that there is refuse everywhere and there doesn’t seem to be much of a national consciousness about it. In Costa Rica, you can’t drive a mile without seeing a garbage can and there’s signs dotting the countryside reminding people not to litter. Obviously, there is a national campaign aimed at keeping it clean and it’s working! It’s great to see in general and especially when you consider the immense beauty of the place and how it could so easily be ruined.

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the ‘Wild’ Life of Costa Rica by Mattie Baumhauer

This post is from when I was in Costa Rica! I am now in South Africa and we were also in Panama. We had really bad internet in those places so that’s why this is so late!!! I will get to Panama in a little bit and definitely South Africa. We have been so busy and it’s hard to find the time to sit and write!

We are walking on a dirt road in Pavones, Costa Rica here. There is no one around except for us!

There was much more wildlife in Costa Rica than there was in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is because we were in rainforest areas that have some of the most diverse collections of animals, plants and insects than any other place in the world !

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