Manuel Antonio

Of all the places I visited in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio – the final stop of my trip – was possibly my favourite. Partly because of how close I got to the amazing wildlife, partly because of its divine, golden sandy beaches, and partly because I had so much fun snorkelling in the Pacific Ocean. I knew... Continue Reading →

Monteverde – El Trapiche coffee tour

Coffee is one of Costa Rica's biggest exports, and during my trip, I was keen to learn more about how the country grows and makes the world-popular drink. So when I was given an opportunity to visit a coffee farm in Monteverde, I jumped at the chance. El Trapiche is a family-run farm that sits... Continue Reading →

Monteverde

With swathes of cool, misty tropical rainforest, known as cloud forest, and exceptional biodiversity, Monteverde is a great place for hiking and wildlife watching. Situated in the mountains in the north-west of Costa Rica, Monteverde has a much cooler climate than the area around Arenal and is home to a number of national parks that... Continue Reading →

Tárcoles River safari

I love a river cruise, so when I was asked if I wanted to break up the long journey between Monteverde and Manuel Antonio with a safari on the Tárcoles River looking for crocodiles, I jumped at the chance. The river, which flows into the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific coast, is renowned for... Continue Reading →

Costa Rica wildlife – in pictures

I found it really hard to choose the photos to accompany my post about Costa Rica's wildlife because I saw so many incredible creatures I couldn't decide which ones to feature. So rather than leave those photos on my hard drive never to see the light of day again, I've put together an extra post to... Continue Reading →

Costa Rica – wildlife

If there's one place on earth that's destined to turn you into a David-Attenborough-in-training, it's Costa Rica. The Central American country is home to a variety of climates and habitats, and some four per cent of the world's species call the country home. As a result you can barely move in this magnificent country without... Continue Reading →

Arenal Volcano National Park

Standing at 1,670m tall, it's impossible to miss Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's largest active volcano. The enormous volcano dominates the surrounding area, which includes Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal, and the town of La Fortuna, which was my base for the next two days. The slumbering giant's been quiet these past few years, having... Continue Reading →

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