Travel | Winter trip to Costa Rica

November 25, 2015

I’m the kind of person that is deeply affected by weather. I realized that the moment I moved to Paris.

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When I lived in Mexico I genuinely gave sunny days for granted, many times even hiding from the sun because it was “too bright”… now that statement seems extremely silly for in Paris more that half the year consists of grey days (and possibly rain).

As I’m writing this next to my window I can see it pouring outside and I infinitely long for warmth and sun. That is why I decided to dig in some of my photos from last december’s family trip to Costa Rica to bring some sunshine to my and your day :)

It was a short trip but a very well spent too… since it took place last year I don’t remember the exact itinerary so I’ll give you an overall idea of what we did.

We spent a day at San José before heading to Puntarenas where we stayed at a beautiful condo facing the beach.

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We visited the river Tarcoles where we got to see crocodiles and a vast array of birds, and by chance since we arrived late we got to see a stunning sunset while in the boat.

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On another day we went to the famous natural reserve Manuel Antonio, which was fun to learn about the local fauna and see (from very far away) the famous sloths.

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We took a day trip to Isla Tortuga, which I loved because it almost made me feel like we were at the Phi Phi Island in Phuket (which is one of the places I dream of going to the most), and saw dolphins on our way there!

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We went to Monteverde, which was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the place (although it was pouring the whole time we were there), especially because I got to do zip line for the first time and it was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life… but getting to Monteverde THAT was extreme!

The roads were very narrow, no concrete and high up in the mountains, while there was a very thick fog and very strong storm. We were all freaking out in the car!

Unfortunately I don’t have photos of Monteverde, since due to the weather it would have been impossible to take out my camera.

And finally we went to La Paz Waterfall Gardens where got to see from up close a wide variety of beautiful plants and animals!

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If you know about Costa Rica then you will probably think “Why didn’t they go to a volcano?” Well I promise you we tried, but since we went on winter, the fog was too dense to be able to see anything there.

Our last day we went to San José in order to catch our flight back to Mexico, and coincidentally it fell on the night of the Light Festival! This one was also a unique experience! It was raining but that didn’t stop people from going out and enjoying. A thing that I really liked and that we were not prepared for, was that apparently it is an excuse to have a gigantic confetti fight in the streets.

So pretty much, everyone buys little bags filled with white confetti and goes around throwing it to anyone and everyone who is out in the streets. It was so much fun!

I also don’t have photos from this night, but hopefully I painted you a picture :)

Finally, when we boarded our plane back home I confirmed that Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world! The sky was fiery with all rainbow colors, it blew me away!

I posted an Instagram photo of that breathtaking Costa Rican sunset here :)

Stay warm!

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  • Meg November 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO DREAMY…..
    Seriously so beautiful.
    So many colors.
    AND THAT MONKEY.

  • Roxy November 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Yle! This is so stunning – better than so many travel photographs I’ve seen. You are making me want to hop on a plan to Costa Rica now. Such beautiful photographs.

  • DONNA December 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

    http://www.arcteryxsale.com
    So lovely look,kiss.