Here are some good reasons to add Costa Rica to your travel plans.
The living tree fences provide environmental and economic benefits. These branches are cut from the Pochote tree. Throughout Costa Rica, you see these tree fences and begin to disregard the fence and only notice the organized nature.
Howler Monkeys produce loud deep guttural growls that sound like “howls” and are considered the loudest land animals. They can be heard up to 3 miles through the dense forest in Costa Rica. Be careful not to stand below them when they are in a tree. They will urinate on-ground nuisances.
Costa Rica Spiky Pochete Tree branches are typically used for living tree fences. A branch can be cut off from the tree and planted to use to hold a fence and the branch will grow into a tree. It is considered the most inexpensive wood in Costa Rica and grown on plantations. It is a visually striking tree and the “spikes” are truly sharp.
Cashews are fruits and grow on trees. The cashew is actually the seed of the fruit. This fruit has three parts. The kidney shaped part is called the fruit, the seed is the nut and the yellow and orange fleshy part is the apple. The fruit contains urushiol oil, which is in poison oak and poison ivy; why animals do not eat this fruit.
This is a Guanacaste Seed Pod from the Elephant Ear Tree which is the national tree of Costa Rica. The tree is grown and used as a shade tree due to its enormous size. The seeds are used to make jewelry.
It is easy in Costa Rica to “get off the beaten path” and enjoy the serene scenery.
A Backpacker’s Paradise is a simple tranquil swimming hole. We spent several hours in this isolated natural hot tub enjoying the weather, scenery, the silence and each other.
Costa Rica has 39 species of bamboo. The National Bamboo Project in Costa Rica uses bamboo to replace wood for a cost effective building material for indigenous housing.
Driving through Costa Rica, with the windows down, listening to the howler monkeys and taking in breathtaking scenery will leave you in awe of this place. If you enjoy being outdoors on a daily basis and never tire of nature’s beauty, Costa Rica is the place for you.