I’m on a roll here sharing with you places I’ve been but I promise to pepper in some places that I’m dying to visit. For now, let me tell you all about my trip to Costa Rica! I visited during spring break my freshmen year of college. And no, it wasn’t anything like the stereotypical college spring break you’re imagining. Through a volunteer organization on campus I was selected to join a small group of students to go down to Costa Rica during our spring break as part of an service project. The purpose was one part service and one part cultural exchange. Our hosts taught us how to salsa and make pupusas. We ate fresh fruit every day and stopped for ice cream, of course.
While we were down there we volunteered in the local community helping to fix up Barrio de la Cruz’s community center. At the end of the week the high school boys challenged us to a football match (translation for Americans: soccer game). I forget who won but I remember it was a ton of fun and a great way to end the week.
We visited the local volcano, Volcan Irazu. As we drove up the mountain the weather went from warm and sunny to cold and cloudy. The volcano gave of vog (volcano fog) and because of that we couldn’t see anything outside of the volcano rim. I was surprised at how green the water looked like the warm inviting waters of the Caribbean except I won’t be swimming in these waters anytime soon!
While we were there we saw a cute looking white-nosed coati. To me it looks like Mr. Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street, right?? This cutie was walking around the picnic benches next to the volcano. He was curious to learn more about us but wasn’t quite brave enough to come close.
On our second to last day we traveled to the jungle for a day of zip lining, repelling down waterfalls, and soaking in the beautiful scenery.
How cool is that?? I’ll admit at first it was scary standing at the top of the waterfall, looking down, and voluntarily working my way to the bottom. The cool water was a welcome relief. We were hot and sweaty from hiking in between zip lining stations.
Zip lining was so much fun!! I can’t recommend it enough. We crossed over the same river back and forth, flew through trees, and as I was zooming along I saw the biggest, bluest butterfly like one you would see in a nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough. The one thing we missed out on were the Costa Rican beaches. You have your choice of Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean. Not sure which one I would go for. You should make your way to Costa Rica if you ever get the chance!