Costa Rica Nature

Here are some good reasons to add Costa Rica to your travel plans.
Living Tree Posts

Living Tree Posts

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 Monkey Costa Rica

Howler Monkey Costa Rica

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.

 

Spikey Pochete Tree

Spiky Pochete Tree

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.

Cashew Tree Fruit - Costa Rica

Cashew Tree Fruit – Costa Rica

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.

Seed Pod from Elephant Ear Tree

Seed Pod from Elephant Ear Tree

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.

Beach in Costa Rica

Beach in Costa Rica

It is easy in Costa Rica to “get off the beaten path” and enjoy the serene scenery.

 

Natural Hot Tub - Costa Rica

Natural Hot Tub – Costa Rica

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.

Giant Bamboo in Southern Costa Rica

Giant Bamboo in Southern Costa Rica

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.

Clouds and Mountains Costa Rica

Clouds and Mountains Costa Rica

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.

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