Costa Rica is like Noah’s ark without Jesus. So many exciting animals! On the boat up the river from Nicaragua (you can’t cycle on water) we spotted turtles, monkeys, fish, a cayman – pretty much a crocodile – and lots of pretty birds. During the three or four days we cycled there we were lucky enough to spot a few iguanas and even a sloth.
Hitch-hiking baby iguana
But who has the scarier eyes?
The country is beautiful too. Forests and rivers and volcanoes are everywhere. Most of them are full of hordes of tourists which made a change from the rest of central america. There are a lot of other similarities to home too. The roads were narrower and had more traffic. The weather changed all the time, and normally to rain.
Like Taranaki but more bananas
There is a sloth and an iguana in this photo. 10 points if you can see either.
The prosperity of Costa Rica was enjoyable as a visitor too. The hotels were nicer and there was a boutique beer brand. Supermarkets are full of different (processed) things and guards outside banks and chicken restaurants don’t have shotguns. There were bogans and obese people.