Costa Rica wildfire

Costa Rica: En Fuego!

Rome is burning. Except not so much Rome, and definitely Costa Rica. So to rephrase: Costa Rica is burning. Every day during the week I spent in Costa Rica, fires sprung up everywhere. Not a day passed when the pleasant, smoky smell of a burn didn’t filled the air. But unfortunately, the reality of the…

Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica

A Rainforest, a Volcano and Lots of Monkeys

“Remember that time we hiked through a rainforest on the side of a volcano in search of monkeys?” I can’t wait to look back years from now and say those words. I imagine that then, as now, the feeling will be surreal. When you think of your everyday, conventional life and then juxtapose it with…

A Costa Rican Hill of (Coffee) Beans

Costa Rica, the land of abundant flora, fauna and OhMyGoshCoffeeIsTheBestMorePlease. OK, perhaps I had a little too much coffee while visiting the Central American country, based on that caffeine-filled brain spew. Nah, that’s not possible! The best parts about coffee in Costa Rica other than the fact that it’s delicious, is that it’s everywhere and…

Costa Rica customs and immigration form

Real Life: Costa Rica’s Sex Tourism and Human Trafficking

Isn’t vacation grand? You’re away from work, relaxing, exploring and feasting in a destination that’s exciting simply because it’s not your home. But sometimes while enjoying an escape, you get a glimpse of real life in that place. A glimpse without the façade put on for tourists. Sometimes it’s gritty and sometimes unpleasant. In Costa Rica,…