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Costa Rica: I Want Your Travel Tips!

Costa Rica: I Want Your Travel Tips!


In the four days I’ve been staying on a farm in rural Costa Rica, the most striking thing has to be the noise. The chorus of insects, the rushing water of the nearby river, the meowing cats and the barking dogs, the chirping birds and the clucking chickens, the raindrops falling on the tin roof above my head — the sheer volume of the world around me is almost overwhelming.

It’s not that I’m not used to noisy surroundings — I live in an apartment in a city, after all, and I’m accustomed to all the sounds of urban life. Isn’t it strange, though, that I find the sound of crickets and toads slightly unsettling yet the sounds of sirens or car horns or arguing neighbors is normal?

Another thing I’ve noticed is the darkness. And boy is it dark here. You’d better not travel very far without a flashlight or a cell phone to guide your way. Just a few weeks ago, back in the U.S., the electricity went out in my neighborhood. But it wasn’t pitch black — even at 11PM, the light pollution made the sky almost purple, much more like dusk than the middle of the night.

When you travel to a place that’s so starkly different than your own, you often notice the subtle differences just as much as, say, the interesting plant life, architecture, or people. I know I do. Costa Rica is a truly beautiful place, from what I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to explore more.

In the next few weeks, look for my posts on my life on the farm, and my travels across the country. If you have any tips or suggestions about where to visit, I’d love to hear about them in the comments — I have another three weeks to explore this incredible place!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:21AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

for a moment, as you described the sounds of birds, crickets, etc. I felt l was there, Thank You & enjoy your time there!

11:19PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful Chandigarh Tourism information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post.

3:18AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Very interesting, thank you

10:00AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

8:33AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

I love costa rica and it's true the level of noise from nature can be very unsettling. I'm also very used to living in an urban environment and for some reason, the ambulances, fire trucks and gun shots at night will never disturb my sleep. When in the jungle though, the crickets torment me! Still I love it there.

I took a tour with my family into the jungle through a local company. It departed from San José. The tour lasted for 11 days and went through Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama, the coral reefs at Cahuita Marine National Park, the Manuel Antonio rain forests, and the beach. Very nice.

Thanks much for sharing! If you're interested you can check out my travel tips blog at:

9:56PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

wow, wish i were there

3:29PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

A visit to this country is on my "bucket list".

10:09AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Any where in the Sarapiqui area. This is where I live in La Virgen and I absolutely love it! Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui is nice, La Selva Biological research station is close. There is also an animal rescue just outside of La Virgen that is privately run and is beautiful.

8:00AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012


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