Arenal, beaches, Central America, cloud forest, Costa Rica, football, iguana, Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, Pura Vida, sloth, Tico, tree frog, volcano, wildlife, World Cup
Six images from the travel photography archives at www.timbirdphotography.com
One of the best things about Costa Rica in Central America is that it doesn’t have an army. It has a surprisingly good football team, though, and they’ve just sealed the fate of my national team, England, by beating Italy. Thank you, Costa Rica, for getting the pain out of the way sooner rather than later.
Costa Rica has a lot more going for it than just a decent football team. The abundant concentration of wildlife in a relatively small area and the ease with which visitors can witness it are unequalled pretty much anywhere. It has Caribbean and Pacific shores, clean sandy beaches, surf, cool cloud forests, clammy jungles, volcanoes and friendly, easy-going people, known as Ticos, whose motto – Pura vida! – meaning literally “pure life” but is used as an all-round greeting and positive exclamation, sums up a smiling and gently upbeat fatalism.
Here is a pictorial tribute in six visual highlights:
A red-eyed tree frog at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
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