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Jacada Photo Journal: Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and a pioneer in ecotourism. Over 25% of this beautiful country is made up of national parks, which makes it any nature-lover’s paradise. On my recent trip I hiked to jungle waterfalls, peered into active volcanoes, flew through rainforest canopy and saw a huge variety of wildlife along the way. Here are just a few of my favourite photos:

Light aircraft flights are a fun and convenient way to explore. This photo was captured whilst flying over the Golfo Dulce en-route to the Oso Peninsular, one of Costa Rica’s most remote destinations.

 

After an epic four-wheel drive into the rainforest, across rivers and through mudslides, I arrived at my first eco lodge where I was rewarded with these magnificent unspoiled views.

 

The Oso Peninsular is a tiny region in South West Costa Rica that is home to a staggering 2.5% of the world’s total biodiversity. Here you can see Costa Rica’s iconic sloths, playful monkeys, colourful toucans and even jaguars if you are lucky.

 

After a long day of hiking through the Arenal Volcano National Park in the rain, there is nothing better than soaking in the natural hot springs, surrounded by tropical flora in an idyllic setting.

 

Another day of hiking through Tenorio Volcano National Park leads you to the distinctive turquoise Rio Celeste. There are many different theories as the where the Rio Celeste gets its incredible enchanting colour.

 

Driving up 2700 metres to peer inside the crater of the active, misty Poas Volcano was the perfect end to my time in Costa Rica.

 

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