It’s no shock that Costa Rica is a rustic full of stunning pure ecosystems. Its coasts are bustling with marine life and its inside is blanketed with a number of the most biodiverse forests on the earth. Over half of Costa Rica is now forested, nonetheless, that wasn’t at all times the case.
Within the Nineteen Forties, loggers cleared many of the land to develop crops and livestock, which destroyed almost half of the forest cowl within the nation. The Costa Rican authorities noticed the financial worth in preserving its forests and determined to make it unlawful to cut down forests with out approval within the Nineteen Nineties. This choice, coupled with incentivizing landowners with funds for the environmental companies their lands produce when utilizing sustainable practices, has allowed them to regrow their forests to the astonishing numbers right this moment.
The impacts of those laws had been clear on our latest journey with Pure Habitat Adventures. Not solely had been we in awe on the pure fantastic thing about Costa Rica, however we had been additionally impressed by the eagerness of the individuals within the native communities we visited. It was so evident that they acknowledged the necessary position that the setting performs and the way intertwined each individuals and nature are.
This idea first surfaced on the very starting of our journey: Tortuguero. As we explored the magnificent canals looking for wildlife, our boat driver (an area within the village) by no means failed to identify even the smallest animal from miles away. He was so educated about each chicken, fish, sloth, and monkey and you may see the joy in his actions as he laid eyes on the subsequent spectacle. We should have seen and realized about over 20 animals in simply our quick time on the water.
The resort we stayed at additionally provided a service the place you may watch a sea turtle lay her eggs on the seashore at evening. It was an unbelievable alternative! We boarded one other boat to the seashore the place we met our tour information for the night. She instantly welcomed us, and her ardour shined by as she advised us tales concerning the turtles on our method down the pitch-black seashore. She even reminded us about how necessary these excursions had been for sea turtle conservation and emphasised how excited she was to be main us on this journey. And the journey didn’t disappoint.
Our tour information introduced us to the nest the place a sea turtle was laying her eggs and proven a really dim crimson gentle to not disturb her course of. We rotated each jiffy to permit one other group the chance however, throughout that point, we had been in a position to ask questions. She answered each single one with enthusiasm and encouragement to ask extra.
Our subsequent cease was Corcovado Nationwide Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. As we made our method as much as the resort which missed the water, we thought, what could possibly be higher? Our query was answered the subsequent day as soon as we launched into our hike by the park. We had been accompanied by a good friend of our expedition chief who belonged to an indigenous neighborhood within the space. Not solely did we find out about native wildlife, however we additionally bought to listen to his tales about how his tribe lived off the encompassing nature.
There was one time specifically when it started to rain. He ran over to a leaf and requested us to rub it in opposition to our pores and skin. The wax from this sort of plant was used to guard them from the rain. It made all of us on the journey really feel a lot extra related to the setting.
From Corcovado, we traveled by boat, aircraft, and bus to Costa Rica’s cloud forest in Monteverde. It was a lovely highway journey alongside windy roads. Our expedition chief advised us tales about a number of the spots on the way in which and we stopped at an area restaurant within the metropolis of San Ramon. They had been anticipating us and had probably the most scrumptious meals ready household fashion. The house owners greeted us with smiles on their faces and had been excited to indicate us their delicacies. It was a pleasant expertise full of laughter and naturally good meals!
As soon as we made it to Monteverde, we settled into our rooms after which met with a consultant of the Costa Rican Conservation Basis. She was there to provide us a short presentation a few susceptible chicken within the area often called the Three Wattled Bellbird. The slides contained loads of scientific data but additionally emphasised the significance of its position within the ecosystem. It was clear how a lot we wanted to guard the chicken. We might go on to seek for the Three Wattled Bellbird on our hikes every day and eventually noticed one! As we peered by our binoculars in amazement, the girl’s message about defending the chicken remained high of thoughts.
The final cease on our go to was to the Arenal volcano, solely a pair hours from Monteverde. We stayed on the observatory on the base of the volcano with probably the most scenic panoramic views. It was breathtaking. However it was additionally a reminder of how individuals and nature are so depending on each other. The observatory was nonetheless very a lot used to watch the impacts of volcanic exercise on the encompassing space. We swam in sizzling springs that had been fueled by the warmth from underground. In all places we went, we had been part of nature – not the opposite method round.
Costa Rica is a extremely popular vacationer vacation spot for a lot of causes. Most go to get pleasure from its seashores or discover its forests, however Pure Habitat Adventures instilled in us the cultural worth of Costa Rica. We realized from the native communities at each stage of the journey and plan to hold these classes ahead in our on a regular basis life. Positive – its pure magnificence was spectacular, however its individuals and the “Pura Vida” way of life are one thing that we are going to always remember.
By Jack Boeve, Supervisor of Strategic Operations and Planning for WWF, and Noah Patterson, Digital Technical Lead/Developer, Net and Apps Lead Engineer for WWF