Costa Rica Trip, January 2020. Chapter 1.

For our 25th wedding anniversary, Kathy and I decided we would go somewhere we had always wanted to visit, and where we could indulge our photography hobby. Costa Rica came to mind as it is known world wide for it’s photography opportunities. Even though it is a small country, it contains 5% of the world’s diversity. 25% of the country is protected and cannot be developed.

We purchased our tickets in May of 2019 and traveled to CR from January 14th to January 18th, 2020.

We flew from Charleston, SC to Miami and then to San Jose, CR where we rented a car and drove 2.5 hours to our resort. Driving was much easier than we anticipated, and the paved roads were in great shape, although narrow with many curves and switchbacks in mountain regions.

The Costa Rica we saw was jungle, rain forest, mountains and beautiful beaches. We stayed on the Pacific side, near the coast at a lodge called La Foresta Nature Resort by the town of Quepos.

La Foresta advertised that it sat on 70 acres of a private reserve. We didn’t know what to make of that claim; if it would be vacant land or a place where we could actually get some good photos. As it turned out, the 70 acres was mostly jungle and 90% of the images we captured were from that private reserve.

Everything we read said “Don’t go to Costa Rica in the rainy season, wait until January.”

It was summer when we visited, and hot. When we were there the daily high temps ranged from 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit with 80-90% humidity. A local informed us that many of the birds had escaped the heat to higher elevations, and we shouldn’t expect a lot. But, we were very happy with the images we were able to capture. However, if we were to go back, we would either stay in the mountains instead of the coast, or go at a different time of year.

Me happy, but sweating in the tropical heat and humidity.

Staying at La Foresta, chosen by Kathy, was a fantastic choice. It was reasonably priced, situated away from the busy tourist areas, and yet close to the main highway, beaches, and the town of Quepos. The service was fantastic, and the grounds were immaculately kept! Every day grounds workers groomed the lawns and vegetation. Cleaning employees were meticulous. And, the onsite restaurants and bars were staffed with friendly competent employees. The food was good.

Kathy ready for action.

Next: Chapter 2, monkey pics!

Published by Larry Maras

Nature Photographer in Summerville, SC.

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