Journey Through Costa Rica

(This is an article from the archives, part one in a series of nine about different parts of the world.  This was not part of our South America/Mexico trip of 2017.)

At the end of 2014, we were given the opportunity to live in an off-grid house in the jungle of Costa Rica.  It's a great story, which will be published in depth some day.  was about the two ecovillages I got to know while living there, and the contrast between two very different approaches at creating community. 

While living on the farm of our friend Matthew Human, we learned about jungle permaculture, installed a large garden, got to know the local communities, and spent lots of time down at the river.  We also took some time to explore Costa Rica, thanks in large part to Laura's sister Jurate, who came down and traveled with us, and to my Dad and Susan, who came down and met us and took us on some cool tours and to two really nice resorts. 

We had an Isuzu Trooper down there, and we took it all over, though we certainly explored only a small part of the relatively small country.  It takes so much time to get to know land.  I feel lucky to have seen so much, yet I get but a glimpse as I wander about.  Those who live on the land, who stay on the land, are the only ones who can truly grasp the way of a place. 

For those of us not fortunate enough to live in any of these amazing places, there's always the Nikon.  Here's a compilation of our adventures around Costa Rica.

 

 Human's house

Human's house

 Rio Arenal

Rio Arenal

 Jaco

Jaco

 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

 White Faced Monkey, Miramar

White Faced Monkey, Miramar

 Poison Frog, Cara Cara National Park

Poison Frog, Cara Cara National Park

 Three Toed Sloth, Manuel Antonio National Park

Three Toed Sloth, Manuel Antonio National Park

 Tarcoles RIver

Tarcoles RIver

 Puntarenas

Puntarenas

 Rio Machuga

Rio Machuga

 Feria Verde, San Jose

Feria Verde, San Jose

 Playa Brasilito

Playa Brasilito

 Jesus Cristo Lizard on the Rio Frio

Jesus Cristo Lizard on the Rio Frio

 Our friend Lisa's family farm in Miramar

Our friend Lisa's family farm in Miramar

 Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

 Tree Planting Event, San Mateo

Tree Planting Event, San Mateo

 Hot Springs at Arenal

Hot Springs at Arenal

 Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

 Jaco

Jaco

  Cara Cara National Park

 Cara Cara National Park

 Garden Party at Lisa's House, San Mateo

Garden Party at Lisa's House, San Mateo

 At the park in Orotina

At the park in Orotina

 Near Manuel Antonio

Near Manuel Antonio

 Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

 Atenas

Atenas

 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

 Playa Grande

Playa Grande

 Arenal Hot Springs Resort

Arenal Hot Springs Resort

 Waterfalls at Rio Machuga

Waterfalls at Rio Machuga

 Swimming Hole near Miramar

Swimming Hole near Miramar

 Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

 HIking at Cara Cara National Park

HIking at Cara Cara National Park

 Arenal Volcano   

Arenal Volcano

 

 Walking around Jaco

Walking around Jaco

 Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

 Miramar

Miramar

 Tarcoles River

Tarcoles River

 Rio Frio

Rio Frio

 Downtown Orotina

Downtown Orotina

 A nice little organic restaurant in Alajuela

A nice little organic restaurant in Alajuela

 At the awesome resort where my Dad put us up when we met down at Manuel Antonio

At the awesome resort where my Dad put us up when we met down at Manuel Antonio

 The church in San Mateo

The church in San Mateo

 Weekly Market in Orotina

Weekly Market in Orotina

 Feria Verde, the Organic Farmer's Market, San Jose

Feria Verde, the Organic Farmer's Market, San Jose

 Playa Brasilito

Playa Brasilito

 Jurate and Laura, at the Arenal Resort

Jurate and Laura, at the Arenal Resort

 Puntarenas

Puntarenas

 Exploring an abandoned mine near the Rio Machuga Falls.  What did we find inside?

Exploring an abandoned mine near the Rio Machuga Falls.  What did we find inside?

 Just a cave river crab.  And a waterfall.

Just a cave river crab.  And a waterfall.

 The girls had a good group of friends in Costa Rica

The girls had a good group of friends in Costa Rica

 We went to lots of birthday parties.  Pinatas at every one, and Lila still knows how to sing happy birthday in Spanish.

We went to lots of birthday parties.  Pinatas at every one, and Lila still knows how to sing happy birthday in Spanish.

 Eva was thrilled to go horse back riding on the beach with Jurate

Eva was thrilled to go horse back riding on the beach with Jurate

 At Playa Tamarindo

At Playa Tamarindo

 Lila with Big Daddy

Lila with Big Daddy

 Brad's dipping pool at Tacotal

Brad's dipping pool at Tacotal

 Many thanks to Human, who set us up with this whole situation. It was a great time, hanging out in the jungles of Costa Rica with so many awesome people.

Many thanks to Human, who set us up with this whole situation. It was a great time, hanging out in the jungles of Costa Rica with so many awesome people.