Guess what? Last year I visited tropical Costa Rica and I want to bring you with me on my wonderful journey! Known for the lush nature, crazy fun canopy zip lines, friendly tico’s (Costa Ricans) and stunning animals, Costa Rica has so much to offer and once people visit most of them return. Why? Check out my video and discover more about the land of PURA VIDA!
After landing in San José my journey continued the next day with a 4.5h drive to Guanacaste. Guanacaste is located in the north western corner of Costa Rica and is one of the most popular provinces thanks to its shoreline, beautiful mountain ranges and 212 volcanoes of which 60 are dormant, 6 active and the rest is extinct. In Guanacaste you will find everything that will make you scream PURA VIDA the whole day! From zip lining, horse back riding, enjoying the delicious hot springs to a magical rainbow which we were very lucky to see!
Zip Lining in Costa Rica
Although you can zip line all over Central America nowadays the idea for it started in Costa Rica. 25 years ago scientists were investigating the vegetation on top of the trees and later on they decided to use it for tourism. First in Orotina and then in Monteverde.
In the film you will see a piece of what it looked like when I was zip-lining. Looks like the footage of a drunk but at least I got something to show for it. And if you’re up there I dare you to do the superwoman pose! Looks scary at first to zip-line horizontally but it was supa dupa fun
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The really braves ones can try the tarzan swing at the end! I am so scared of heights and although I almost did it I chickened out when another group came. I didn’t want to scream like a crazy lady in front of so many people lol!
Even if you don’t speak any Spanish in Costa Rica you will learn to say Pura Vida! Pura Vida started in the 60’s with the Hippies and remained till this day. Locals use it with everything like “How are you pura vida? How is your family pura vida?” Instead of peace & love Costa Ricans use pura vida and after visiting Costa Rica you will too
Costa Rican Food
Costa Rican food has a bad rep. Most (picky) eaters simply don’t like it. Could it be because it’s so ‘simple’? Costa Rican food reminds me of Brazilian & Capeverdean food. You make me very happy when you serve me a plate of meat, rice, beans and vegetables but if you’re used to ‘finer cuisine’ this might not be as tasty to you as it is to me.
At the Buena Vista lodge we also got a taste of some rosquillas, homemade bread, cocada, cheese and coffee. Rosquillas is quite hard and made with flour, salt and water. I really loved the homemade bread which was a little sweet, the tortilla, cocada (made with coconut) and cheese.
It didn’t take long to make the empanadas and tortillas. After the tortilla was done, add some grilled cheese and you’ll get a treat you can’t get enough of!
Costa Rican coffee
And don’t forget the coffee! Although I’m not a coffee fan (if you don’t count Starbucks off course :P) I enjoy the art of it, the passion that is injected into setting & growing it. Costa rica is 2nd best coffee in the whole world and take great care in how they grow it. Coffee needs 800 to 1800m in altitude for it to be good. (Top is 4000m) By law it needs to be the best because they need to compete with other coffee countries like Brazil and Colombia
Waterfun at Buena Vista Lodge
You won’t have time to get fat in Costa Rica because there is so much to do! At the Buena Vista Lodge they have a fun water slide that I went on three times in a row. When you get a top first the women get these ugly, leather panties to protect their bum and back of the legs. It also makes it easier to slide.
The guy at the start will close the water and ask you to sit while explaining what you need to do. Just sit with your arms straight, elbows in and enjoy your ride. It goes really fast and be careful at the curves because they speed up everything and turn you to the side.
If water slides are too much fun for you you might enjoy the hot springs better. Every pool has its own temperature ranging from lukewarm to very hot. Before diving in also try the hot mud on your skin.
The Buena Vista Lodge is the only place in Costa Rica whose hot springs are located in the middle of the jungle. Relaxing nature sounds, monkeys running around and eternal peace are all part of the package
Where to stay in Guanacaste
I had a real back to basics experience in Guanacaste. It was cozy, basic and in the middle of the lush nature. Luckily I didn’t get any weird bugs or animals in my room but it’s something that can happen. Although I didn’t realize it at first all the things I did from the zip lining to hot springs are part The Buena Vista lodge. Most people who come to Costa Rica land in San Jose and then stay here for two nights or so before moving on to their next destination. It’s also possible to book the activities without staying here which makes it easier to try in my opinion. For more details, prices & activities visit the Buena Vista lodge website.
How to travel to Costa Rica
It seems like every time I travel to a Latin country Iberia seems to be the best choice. It’s the airline I use the most when I travel to Rio de Janeiro and also for San Jose this was the airline we flew in from Amsterdam to San Jose with a stop over in Madrid. For flight details to Costa Rica visit the Iberia website.
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Thanks for reading & thanks to Visit Costa Rica for making this trip possible! #puravida