I have a confession to make: Costa Rica was not on my list of places to go. OK, I take that back. It was on the list, just not at the top. I’m not a fan of big crowds and watered out tours. This was (ignorantly) my perception of Costa Rica. I do not like “Americanized” destinations, unless they’re in, well, America. After spending seven nights in the country I can confidently say that there are still parts of Costa Rica that are not spoiled with huge resorts or crowds and I am so happy that Mr. Wife with Baggage could persuade me to see all that this Central American Country has to offer.
My true apprehension was due to my intense desire to see a “real” rainforest. The kind of jungle that my first grade teacher so expertly taught about. The kind with the monkeys and frogs. The kind that humans are destroying. The kind that we need to help save. I was afraid Costa Rica’s recent development and popular status for American travelers spoiled these rainforest, and took the animals with it. I wanted desperately to see real jungle animals. Luckily, (thankfully) places like this do exists in Costa Rica and I was not disappointed!
We spent 3 nights on the Caribbean Coast and hiked through Cahuita National Park while there. The park was teaming with wild life that a park ranger was happy to point out to us after we gave him a few bucks to do so. Tour guide schmoore guide. Just bribe a park official! Just kidding. No, not really.
We also spent time on the Pacific Coast in Manuel Antonio National Park and saw all kinds of wild creatures – mostly humans – but some more tame! Check out some of our favorite pictures below of the Wild Life in Costa Rica.
Lizards, Snakes and other Reptiles:
My personal favorites:
The cute little beach towns in Costa Rica that dot the coastline offer great views, but they were just not my cup of tea for this trip. You all know that I am a beach lover, but Costa Rica to me is about the lush, dense, humid tropical forests. The jungles were everything I learned about as a kid, and then some. My heart breaks to know that the country’s rainforests, and these animals’ habitats, are loosing the battle to farmers and developers. Will the rainforests be around for future generations? Costa Rica is still the wild country that I was hoping for, but for how much longer? I went to Costa Rica hoping to see wild life and rainforest, but I left on a mission to help save them.
Here are a few links to educate yourself on deforestation and how we can all help save these animals’ homes!