Ecotourism: Costa Rica Dreaming

Costa Rica drfitwood in Cahuita National Park

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:

Costa Rica foliage


Costa Rica hibiscus


A small slice of the Pacuare River, on which we whitewater rafted and stayed for two nights:

Costa Rica - Pacuare River

Published by Kate Monahan

Travel happy. Outdoors professional. Writer. Photographer. Educator.

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