(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.