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Tropical wonderland

Corcovado, the tropical paradise was my best experience yet in Costa Rica. You have to go on this really exciting boat ride to get there in a speed boat. You go past crocodiles on the river and then you go on to the sea and you get thrown all over the place and it was raining really heavy the day I went. Then you land on the beach and you have to wade through the sea to get there. So the place I stayed was a little bay with no roads, no shops, no electricity at night, just rain forest and these beautiful little secret beaches. The place I stayed was gorgeous, run by a Costa Rican family and really friendly. I slept in a beautiful cabin on stilts and you could hear the waves all around. At night there was lots of fireflies outside the window. There was coconuts and almonds growing on the beach, and all these beautiful scarlet macaws flying around. Seeing the scarlet macaws in the wild felt so so special. The colours are so vibrant, and they have these huge long, ornate tails. Such a difference to the macaws you see in cages, where they look all sad and their colours have faded. In the wild they are colour that I just can't describe with words, and the red and blue and yellow is even brighter against the green of the trees and the speed of the flight. I wonder how long they can last for. They just look too beautiful for this world. Corcovado has one the biggest populations left in the world. They're still there because it's still hardly inhabited by humans. It is a completely untouched natural landscape, just changed by time and the rain and the waves rather than by humans and their destructiveness. The beach has huge big ornate shells, like treasure. I have a few in my bag. I was so tempted to swop some of my clothes for some more shells! But just can't carry a heavier bag. So at night the electricity would go off, and it would make that sound that electricity makes when it cuts out, like that whirring down sound. Then the place would just pulse and vibrate with insect sounds and all these electronic beeps and buzzes, sometimes made by frogs or other animals that I have no idea what they could possibly be. Using flashlights and candles just gave such a deeper understanding and feel for the place. The darkness felt so soothing and tranquil and so much a part of the place. And so alive with animal life. I wanted to stay there forever. When I had to get on the boat to leave I felt like my heart would break, because I wanted to just stay in that world. Other places in Costa Rica feel natural, but that place was truly wild. Well there's lots more good experiences to be had. Yesterday I swam in a waterfall, and that was so exhilirating and was the full force of nature all around me again. I kept looking at it feeling like it must be made of plastic or some other manmade material. My brain is so detached from something so spectacular. The leaves and twigs I kept finding on my legs though, made it clear that it was really natural and not something created by Disney.
I'm feeling quite exhilirated. On my way up the Pacific coast on my way to Nicaragua........

Posted by kael 05:46

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