It’s one of the more touristic destinations of Costa Rica, although to be fair there are many, so I had little to no worries about finding things to do. Thankfully though, having ot figure that out was postponed by a few days after my Couchsurfing host invited me to join him and his friends on their trip to the city. After a low-key New Year's Even celebration we were up early and hangover free (I love realizing I feel fine when half the world is in a deep, drunken slumber or curled around the toilet). After a delicious breakfast and strong coffee we were out the door and on our way to the Monteverde Reserve. Thankfully the weather was good (enough) with equal patches of wind, rain and sun which left my only complaint for the whole day to be the price of the entrance fee, $20 for foreigners, I really should have tried to just blend in with my local friends, for less than half the price.
For the last 5 years my heart has been stuck (and still partially remains) in Asia. I taught and lived in Korea, studied yoga in Thailand, taught it in Cambodia and traveled extensively around the reason. Friends kept asking why I kept going back to Asia, “go somewhere new” they would urge. Finally, last year I took some time to jump around Europe, although that trip was cut short by my return to Korea where I put in another year teaching. The whole year of which was filled with distant thoughts of South American, a place I planned to explore soon. I finished, crossed one more SE Asia destination off my list, and returned home, ready to plan my South American travels. Only that didn’t actually happen, instead I started searching yoga retreats, which led to airline tickets and before long I had myself headed to Costa Rica on New Year’s Eve. I opted for the one-way ticket, pretty normal in my book, thinking that I could always turn this into the beginning of a trip South. What I dismissed though was my love-affair with the East, and just how strong it was.
Packed with Adventure and Adrenaline, a diverse landscape from mountains to cloudforests, oceans, beaches and waterfalls. It's known for being touristy, safe and expensive, but was for me, a great introduction to Central America.