Rain, sweat and mud – and amazing views! “Locos por el Bosque” is a private biological reserve in the small town of Montserrat in Coronado. It is located between Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazú Volcano National Park. This makes it an important biological corridor for many species. This cloud forest builds an area which links the two ecosystems and thus ensures the maintenance of biodiversity. The last 15 minutes of the ride from the school up to the little hut where we met our…Continue Reading “Locos por el Bosque: what a hike!”

The hand-painted sign showing two bridled horses does not point towards a fancy place. Turning down this stone driveway off the main road through Las Nubes will not deliver you to a state-of-the-art equine training facility. Nor are these lush pastures described in any Lonely Planet guidebooks. Yet, the animals grazing these hills speak volumes about the culture of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where horses are not just historical throwbacks but remain essential for work, getting around and showing off in distinctly Tico style. About 5 km from the school “Coronado a…Continue Reading “Horsing around”

One Friday morning in Jacó Beach: Our group of seven Academia Tica students was being picked up in front of the apartments by Alan, our tour guide for the day. A 45 minutes drive southbound along the coast led us to the beginning of a narrow path through private farmland. First we passed chicken and horses, then the trail continued through the forest, crossing some little streams. Finally we reached the waterfall that made its way down through the jungle like a stairway for giants. Beautiful to…Continue Reading “Las Cataratas – A day trip to the waterfalls”

In the tangle of cacophonous green that is Carara National Park, two types of forest meet, a mix of plants, animals and insects found nowhere else in the world. This convergence of Costa Rica’s dry Northern Pacific region and its much wetter Southern Zone is host to half the known animal species in a country famed for prodigious biological diversity. For a while this year it was also host to an unlikely combination of young people, half from the United States and half from Costa…Continue Reading “Un día en la vida: Volunteering at Carara National Park”