I’ve been home for just over a week and I’ve been meaning to pop a blog post up about our amazing trip travelling through Costa Rica. I’ve never been to Central America before and in my head, before I went, it was just a rainbow animal paradise with jaguars round every corner and multi-coloured birds in every tree. Actually there is only one jaguar in every 400hecters of land these days and the birds are slightly better camouflaged than I’d hoped, but we got super good at spotting the wildlife and the macaws and toucans were as rainbow as they come! What I’d not really spared much thought for though was the human culture. We can learn a lot from Costa Rica in terms of its sense of community, it’s dedication to conservation and its commitment to eco-tourism. The people are so warm and so proud of their roots. It’s really special.
We flew into San Jose and had a single night in a Rainbow Lodge in Alajuela and then took a local flight up to the Gulf of Papagayo for three days on the beach where we saw our first family of howler monkeys and as many furious-faced Ctenosaur lizards as Mike could chase around taking 904 terrible photos of that we won’t ever look at again.
We then took another tiny 12-seater plane down to the Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park. This was the animal paradise I’d imagined – it is absolutely buzzing with life. Osa is home to 3% of the entire world’s biodiversity whilst only covering 000.1% of the world’s surface area!! Before we’d arrived at the lodge we had seen toucans, scarlet macaws and spider monkeys – three of my favourites! We went on to see all 4 types of monkos, an armadillo, a snake, a tarantula, cazillions of birds, basalisks, agoutis, coatis, tree frogs, screech owls, bats and a great big crocodile.
We stayed at this secluded eco lodge called El Remanso. Run by a lovely couple, with a maximum of 30 guests, it was their passion project. Our little room was suspended 30m above the forest floor, in amongst the trees at monkey level. I have never ever seen a starry night like it. Or a thunder storm. A 20 minute hike took us down to miles of deserted beach like something out of Jurassic Park. It’s probably one of the last places on the planet that looks the same as it did a million years ago.
We spent our last week traveling between Arenal Volcano where we saw our first sloth, Pacuare Lodge in the Limon Province on the Caribbean side, where I spent my birthday and we survived out first earthquake and a white water-rafting trip and lastly back to San Jose where we had the best coffee of the trip in a little hipster coffee shop where Mike blended in well.
Since arriving home I’ve been frantically adding to my Jungle Tumble range that I’ll be launching at PG in June. It’s full of monkeys and toucans and sloths and anteaters and macaws. It’s my most favourite collection yet.