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Capturing Costa Rica: a safe return to paradise

Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach c thomas power pura aventura

Our trip began with a stretch of the legs on a tropical beach near Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula...

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Costa rica osa peninsula corcovado tapir c thomas power pura aventura

...and a close ecounter with a Tapir happily bathing in the swamps of the Corcovado National Park.

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Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach 2 c thomas power pura aventura

As we returned, the high tide started to roll in...

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Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach 3 c thomas power pura aventura

... and soon became a very high tide!

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Costa rica drake bay breakfast c thomas power pura aventura

We kicked off the next morning with a 'breakfast of champions'.

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Costa rica osa peninsula diving board puerto jimenez c thomas power pura aventura

Then soon came across a 'municipal' diving board near Puerto Jiménez...

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Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay natural pool c thomas power pura aventura

... and what passes for a 'municipal' pool in these parts.

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Costa rica osa drake bay spider c thomas power pura aventura

Here's one long-legged creature we found in the forests...

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Costa rica osa peninsula boy on stilts c thomas power pura aventura

... and another we found on the road at Rancho Quemado.

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Costa rica osa golfo dulce coconuts sign c thomas power pura aventura

We’re not in Kansas anymore - we had to look out for falling coconuts on the Golfo Dulce...

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Costa rica osa golfo dulce mangroves c thomas power pura aventura

... before swapping forest floor for the narrow creeks of mangrove forests.

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Costa rica playa cativo golfo dulce afternoon rains c thomas power pura aventura

In the afternoon, the rains came with a vengeance.

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Costa rica golfo dulce pool gardens c thomas power pura aventura

But the sun soon shines again and the pool beckons - if you can find it amid the camouflage.

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Costa rica matapalo scarlet macaw c thomas power pura aventura

Endangered Scarlet Macaws have a rare stronghold at Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula.

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Costa rica matapalo hummingbird c thomas power pura aventura

Hummingbirds are likewise always a treat to watch but a devil to photograph when not sat so still...

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Costa rica matapalo coati c thomas power pura aventura

... coatis on the otherhand are more obliging.

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Costa rica matapalo beach c thomas power pura aventura

After a walk in someone else's footsteps at Matapalo...

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Costa rica matapalo moonlight toucan c thomas power pura aventura

... the sun slipped away and the moon rose, with a toucan posing for a lovely photo.

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Costa rica piedras blancas frog forest floor c thomas power pura aventura

The primary forests of the Piedras Blancas National Park were our next port of call...

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Costa rica piedras blancas bridge c thomas power pura aventura

... a crucial wildlife corridor between the continental highlands and Osa Peninsula.

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Costa rica piedras blancas hot lips c thomas power pura aventura

Here we're introduced to Hot lips (the plant, not the person).

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Costa rica dominical ceviche c thomas power pura aventura

Moving north, our next port of call was Dominical and a Ceviche lunch overlooking the Pacific...

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Costa rica dominical parrot c thomas power pura aventura

... as well as an introduction to Juliet the parrot.

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Costa rica hand washing covid c thomas power pura aventura

Such is the world we now live in, there's plumbing for handwashing in even the remotest forests.

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Costa rica cold beer c thomas power pura aventura

But the beer is still as cold...

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Costa rica la fortuna roadside snacks c thomas power pura aventura

... and the roadside snacks as fresh as ever.

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Costa rica tenorio driving road miravalles volcano c thomas power pura aventura

Up through the Central Valley we drove, passing the spectacular Miravalles Volcano.

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Costa rica tenorio drifting clouds c thomas power pura aventura

Drifting clouds welcomed us to Tenorio up in the north.

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Costa rica tenorio secluded lodge c thomas power pura aventura

All we had to do what locate the lodge, hidden in the thick foliage.

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Costa rica tenorio eyelash viper c thomas power pura aventura

The diurnal welcome party included this Eyelash viper in the Tapir Valley...

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Costa rica tenorio night walk c thomas power pura aventura

... whilst the nocturnal creatures were just as plentiful and wonderful.

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Costa rica tenorio night walk insect c thomas power pura aventura

Our guide Donald and his two young daughters introduced us to them all...

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Costa rica tenorio night walk tree frog 2 c thomas power pura aventura

... including an incredible array of tiny tree frogs.

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Costa rica tenorio driving c thomas power pura aventura

The next day was our last and time to say goodbye. But not before one last bit of research...

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Costa rica tenorio coconut cup holder c thomas power pura aventura

Making sure coconuts still fit in the cup holders. A success, all around. I can't wait until it's your turn.

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Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula corcovado tapir c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach 2 c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay beach 3 c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica drake bay breakfast c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula diving board puerto jimenez c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula drake bay natural pool c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa drake bay spider c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa peninsula boy on stilts c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa golfo dulce coconuts sign c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica osa golfo dulce mangroves c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica playa cativo golfo dulce afternoon rains c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica golfo dulce pool gardens c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica matapalo scarlet macaw c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica matapalo hummingbird c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica matapalo coati c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica matapalo beach c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica matapalo moonlight toucan c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica piedras blancas frog forest floor c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica piedras blancas bridge c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica piedras blancas hot lips c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica dominical ceviche c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica dominical parrot c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica hand washing covid c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica cold beer c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica la fortuna roadside snacks c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio driving road miravalles volcano c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio drifting clouds c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio secluded lodge c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio eyelash viper c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio night walk c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio night walk insect c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio night walk tree frog 2 c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio driving c thomas power pura aventura
Costa rica tenorio coconut cup holder c thomas power pura aventura

This month I was able to set foot back into the big and beautiful world, returning to Costa Rica to meet our partners and accompany a leading travel writer. Our journey was to take us all around the wild beaches, tropical jungles and mangrove forests of the remote Osa Peninsula, and up through the beautiful Central Valley to the volcanoes of the northern plains. Along the way, I did my best to capture it all and share the highlights with you. Enjoy!

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