Snapping shots of Costa Rica
This summer, I took a week-long trip to Costa Rica, where I hiked the rainforest, learned how to make chalupas from a Costa Rican woman, ziplined, and explored the country.
Here is a selection of 13 photos from my trip. They’re mostly of nature and biodiversity since that’s one of the most intriguing parts of Costa Rica. I mean, how often do you see trees that have thousands of different plants growing on them?
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Monteverde is a small tourist town surrounded by rainforest and mountains.
We watched the sunset every evening at UGA Costa Rica in San Luis, a farming town of about 350 people.
Cows greeted us every morning at UGA Costa Rica. The baby cow would run up to you and let you pet him. He was basically a giant puppy.
When you walk through the rainfoest, butterflies flutter all around you.
We found this beetle with her eggs under a leaf while on a hike.
My boyfriend Kevin and I stand next to a giant agave plant, which is used to make tequila.
These are especially thick leaves that you can write on. “Pura vida,” which means “pure life,” is the unofficial slogan of Costa Rica.
When you cut into the trunk of this tree, a substance that looks like blood oozes out. Rub the substance on your hand, and it turns brown. Rub it some more, and it becomes a white lotion.
We drove through the mountains of Costa Rica in a shuttle bus.
This is Arenal Volcano, which erupted regularly until 2010. Now resorts use its heat to create hot springs for tourists and locals.
This is Arenal Lake, which is next to the volcano.
This is the top of Teatro Nacional in San Jose, a beautiful theater built in Italian style. It opened in the 1890s.