Is Costa Rica paradise on earth?

I didn’t know much about Costa Rica before coming down here to visit my friends in this lush Central American country. Now that I’ve made it down to Costa Rica, I’d say that Costa Rica is paradise on earth!

What’s the deal with Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is everything that I had heard about and more than everything that I had imagined it to be. Lush greenery fills the Costa Rican landscape like a permanent stunning backdrop. The proximity to the Equator and plentiful rain has created a vibrant natural environment shared by a myriad of greenery, vegetation, and animals. Even San Jose, the capital and big city, is filled with lush greenery all around it.

I was born and raised in the tropical Equator-near peninsula of Malaysia which is not nearly as lush or green as it is here Costa Rica. The Costa Ricans care deeply about the environment and protecting the natural habitats for their wildlife and tropical rainforests.

I’m staying in the Southern tip of Costa Rica near the Panama border near a region called Biolley on a friend’s farm. The farm is occupied by many goats, cows, horses, sheep, dogs and people. I’m enjoying spending some time down here improving my Spanish, helping out on the farm, doing some writing and embracing the beautiful Costa Rican landscape. The cabin I’m staying in feels like the penthouse suite overlooking the natural rainforests and waterfalls below.  Photos can’t really do the landscape justice but here’s my attempt to show you what the view outside my window looks like.

Gushing waterfalls

Vibrant greenery and blue skies

A paradise in the rainforest (or where I'm spending a couple of months:) )

Valentina and baby Marigold

Nature inspires reflection.

*I’m spending May and June 2012 in my friend Jennifer and Bruce’s Finca de Lilo.  The closest national park is La Amistad National Park. Jennifer regularly blogs about her coffee farm at Biolley Buzz.