The smell struck us as we stepped off of the bus, welcoming us to Terra Viva (“Living Earth”), a small, sustainable farm located at Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Our tour guide, Diego, recommended a tour of a butterfly garden, which also had a variety of insects. When we arrived, we met with a very eccentric but charming woman, Brianna, who unveiled the insect collection.
Staying in such a rustic location really gave us a deeper appreciation for our experience in Costa Rica. At the beginning it was like whiplash going from hotel accommodations to almost camping. We found a new respect for Isla Chira after island native Liliana shared her empowering story with us.
For the second day in a row, we woke to the sounds of rain tapping on the pavement outside our rooms; at times the rain fell thick and heavy, forming quick puddles. After a reluctant goodbye to our temporary home in the rainforest, our journey continued to the next phase: between the volcanoes Poas and Barva to the drier Pacific side of Costa Rica.
9:00 a.m. January 5, 2017
We are now on the Sarapiqui River tour surrounded by iguanas, crocodiles and Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ lizards, that is.
Study Abroad in Costa Rica is underway! Join us this month on CCV Now for updates from the field. We’ll be posting photos, blog entries, and more as students explore beaches and rainforests, study songbird migration and conservation practices, and experience the culture of this unique Central American country.
As I sit on the steps of the huge “mushroom” (the Metropol Parasol in Seville) and soak up the lovely sun in this 63 degree weather, I can’t help but think about how much I don’t want to leave to go back home tomorrow morning. As much as I don’t want to go back to the winter wonderland of Vermont, I don’t want to leave Spain for so many more reasons than just the weather.
Ronda is an adventure for its incredibly beautiful views and scary roads; I don’t believe I will ever forget waking up with my face against the window of the bus and seeing a sheer drop-off to the ravine below.
We traveled to Mérida for one night and one night only; for such a small and ancient town–the population is around 58,000—our hotel accommodations were quite nice. Everywhere you looked there were ancient Roman ruins.
The most beautiful part about being in Toledo is the unbelievable sensation of being in a different era. Narrow, cobblestone roads meander to and fro through a maze of tall, thin, brown buildings with flowers hanging from their windows.