Costa Rica is a country at a crossroads with its tourism industry. I spent a week learning more about ecotourism and helping to facilitate a Rainforest and Tropical Science course for Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley.
We were a group of 33 students and four instructors, gargantuan by ecotourism standards. Rios Tropicales helped manage our in-country experience with a tour of EARTH University, a short mountain bike ride along the Caribbean, a rafting trip down the Pacuare River, and a hike into a small village where we visited an elementary school and a butterfly farm and where we planted almond and walnut trees.
I have so much to share with you, but first I must write my lecture on digital photography for my Monday morning class. For now enjoy a few teaser photos and know that there is more to come this week.
They may be house plants at home. Here they grow wild:
A small slice of the Pacuare River, on which we whitewater rafted and stayed for two nights: