INBioparque Costa Rica. They had some sort of German festival going on, strangely enough. The park itself had forest we could walk through, and unlike the actual rainforest many of the plants were helpfully labeled with what they were.
Thus I got introduced to the Bromeliads, which sound like an epic series of fantasy quests for frat boys, but are actually the members of the plant family that includes the pineapple.
The colors of the flowers on the bromeliads were amazing.
We saw good examples of leafcutter ant damage on some of the plants.
I even managed to get the motmot photo I had been hoping for. So it wasn’t quite a trip to the jungle, but it was a pleasant enough afternoon and the best we could do at short notice.
So finally, it was time to leave Costa Rica. We dropped off the rental SUV and got a shuttle bus to the airport.
One weirdness is that you have to pay to leave. There’s a $26 visitor tax payable on departure, plus $2 to cover your security inspection. We paid up, then dropped off our bags and collected our boarding passes. The rest of the story has already been told.
Would I go back? Definitely. Perhaps next time to the coast. More rainforest, perhaps some hot springs at Arenal volcano.
It’s a remarkable country. The people really are friendly. It somehow manages to remain stable with an economy based around agriculture and tourism, and with no military at all. I think that’s hugely admirable. I just hope that the trend towards green tourism works, and that a balance is found that enables people to travel there without ruining the place.
But for all its awesomeness, I couldn’t live there. It’s too disorganized and chaotic, and I think the food would drive me crazy.
© mathew 2017