Costa Rica is a stunningly beautiful country. With dazzling waterfalls, rugged rain forests, Instagram worthy sunrises and sunsets and friendly locals with delicious local cuisine. It is hard to imagine a more perfect place to vacation. But the biodiversity of the wildlife is the main draw for visitors. Costa Rica is considered to have the highest density of biodiversity of any country in the world. And with Costa Rica's landmass being only 50,000 sq km (smaller than the state of West Virginia), it is incredible to know it holds roughly four percent of species to exist on the planet. So when I had the opportunity to fly to Costa Rica to photograph some of this biodiversity, of course I was going. Now this year has been a year none of us will ever forget. We were fortunate to take this assignment (vacation) before COVID-19 started to get serious.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Now let's talk about the trip. For the majority of our stay, we stayed at the Lost Iguana Resort (https://lostiguanacr.com). This resort is located next to and overlooks the famous Arenal Volcano National Park. It is a prime location as you have easy access to the National park, several nature preserves and the town of La Fortuna. Highly recommend checking out the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park for a guided walk. They are extremely helpful in pointing out wildlife.
The last couple days of the trip was spent relaxing on Costa Rica's west coast in the town of Tamarindo. We stayed at the Ocho Artisan Bungalow right on the ocean. Laying in a hammock, reading a book and staying at the sun set one the Pacific was an ideal way to end this trip. But, if you plan on staying here, be warned, Tamarindo is a party town. So expect music, younger crowds. It does make for great food, drinks and music.
Costa Rica in Photo
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