It’s 7 o’clock in the morning, we’re waking up with the sound of whistling wildlife in our backyard and a stunning view on the Costa Rican nature in front of us. We’re used to the Costa Rican lifestyle ‘Pura Vida’ (which means ‘Enjoy life’) in no-time. There’s no ‘or’ during our trip in Central America, because it’s got it all: nature AND culture AND activities AND beautiful beaches AND great people.
Let’s start with nature. We never thought we could see crocodiles, howler monkeys (including junior howler monkeys), snakes, leatherback turtles, anteaters and lots of mosquitos in the timespan of one month. Most of them were a joy to watch, others were a pain in the ass (literally?!). Additionally, we’ve seen beautiful sunsets, swam underneath waterfalls and seen the most amazing vulcanoes.
And what about the Central American culture? Please don’t visit Central America if you’d love to enjoy 5-star all-inclusive resorts including swimming pools and wellness centers. If you do want this kind of ‘culture’, you’d rather be in the Maldives or the Bahamas. Visiting Central America means that you face all different kinds of cities, places to sleep, food, conditions of infrastructure, authentic buildings and beautiful colours used to freshen up houses or restaurants.
Talking about beautiful colours… the amazing colours you’ll see during sunsets at the beaches surrounded by jungle and wildlife will never bore. Make sure you also visit the beaches and the sea during daylight, to enjoy surfing the waves on the Pacific Ocean side and the beautiful ‘Bounty’ beaches on the Caribbean side of Central America.
Another must-do while you’re in Central America next to surfing is wild-water rafting. There are lots of opportunities to challenge the power of nature on one of its many rapids. We’ve rafted at the Pacuare River, which was also the setting of 2010’s world rafting championship.
Last but not least, the people we met during our trip were amazing and really helpful. The many amazing people we met took care of all our belongings, made us breakfast at 6.00am(!!), arranged the cheapest tours for us (instead of making money out of us) and introduced us to their families. In addition to the family who ran a beautiful and low-budget hostel, we also hitchhiked several times with very helpful locals.
We could talk for hours about this trip, but there’s only one way to find out what we still want to tell you: Get on track to Central America, Pura Vida!