A phrase that you will hear and see everywhere in Costa Rica. You will become accustomed to using this term yourself as you immerse in the countries culture. The term “Pura Vida” has been present in Costa Rica's vocabulary for over 50 years. It's English translation means “pure life” or “simple life", however its more then just a phrase- it is a way of life.
Monteverde is privileged to receive a steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture that they contain. This moisture, often in the form of fog, catches on the branches of the tallest trees and drips down to the other organisms below. This helps to support a complex and far-reaching ecosystem, one that harbors over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone. Take your time and walk through the clouds on the notorious hanging bridges, walking on eight different bridges with various lengths ranging between 150 feet up to 510 feet.
The best gem in Panama is Casco Viejo. This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour. Great shopping opportunity and don't leave without your Panamanian hat!
Positioned within Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, the Arenal Volcano is an unavoidable presence while traveling within this part of the country. It is tall and imposing and has a reputation that precedes itself. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list.
What a great opportunity to see this live and in person. The Lock-Type canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow Isthmus [a narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land]of Panama. A very slow process but truly amazing seeing a large cruise ship cruise through.
The Zip Lines in Monteverde are unmatched! Get your heart pounding by taking a zipline ride through the Costa Rican forest canopy; whizz along cables slung between canyons, admire incredible views, fly over and in between trees to feel an adrenaline rush like no other.
GALLO PINTO. Literally meaning "painted rooster," Gallo pinto is a favorite rice-and-beans concoction that is commonly considered the national dish of Costa Rica. Our generous host at #CasaFicus in Santa Elena, Monteverde cooked this amazing breakfast from scratch for my family. Thank you Adrian!
La Fortuna Waterfall is in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. The waterfall drops about 70−75 meters and is at the base of the dormant Chato volcano, about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. It is fed by the Arenal River, which travels through the rain forest in the Arenal Mountain range until it plunges over the cliff, forming this waterfall.
The hike down to the waterfall is short and arduous, along a staircase carved into the hillside. Guests are encouraged to swim in the stream and small rapids below the falls, and there's a lifeguard on duty. There are restrooms and showers in the guest facilities atop the cliff, along with a restaurant and gift shop. It should take 10 minutes to go down and about 20 to get back up to the parking lot.
Manuel Antonio National Park (closed on Mondays) contains three beautiful beaches, casual forest trails, and a dense rainforest teaming with animal life. In 2011, it was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful parks.