Nicola in the sea at the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The last stop on our adventure around Costa Rica was Manuel Antonio, on the south west coast of the country. We opted to stay at the beautiful ‘Hotel La Mariposa’, as it claimed to have the best view of the area, and also featured in a book of ‘1000 places to see before you die’. No harm in getting one place closer. The view from … Continue reading Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Monteverde is home to one of the world’s few cloud forests. The clouds roll over the Central American mountain ranges from the Pacific Ocean, covering everything  in condensation as they go. The result? Verdant, lush forests in the mountains and valleys, home to over 4% of our planet’s biodiversity, in just 0.04% of the land. We stayed in the small village of Santa Elena, a … Continue reading Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Catarata de la Fortuna,

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna translates as ‘The Lucky’, and is nestled under one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcan Arenal. The quiet town of El Burio decided to change its name following a huge eruption in 1968 which killed 72 people in a neighbouring town. The lava, rocks and ash avoided La Fortuna, and no lives were lost in the town. Lucky indeed. We arrived … Continue reading La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero is a tiny village on the north Caribbean coast which is pretty difficult to get to. There is no road to the village; you must take either a boat or a plane to visit this hidden corner of Costa Rica. A ramshackle collection of houses and huts are arranged along a winding path. Residents sit on steps of houses, watching with curiosity as we scrambled from our boat … Continue reading Tortuguero, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica

We weren’t even sure if we’d get to San José, as Volcan Turrialba had started to erupt just 30 miles from the airport, throwing ash and smoke a mile into the air, covering the surrounding area and potentially blocking our flight path. When we arrived at the check-in desk at Heathrow, the woman working there seemed baffled, and said she didn’t even know they had … Continue reading San José, Costa Rica