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.