San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is quite a young capital city, without much in the way of fanciful architecture or colonial streets. Besides neat street art and delicious food, the main attraction is the National Theater. There are also quite a few museums downtown, like the National Museum of Costa Rica below. The best part about our time … More San Jose, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna lies at the base of Arenal Volcano, which rises over 1,600 meters high. Although it has been dormant since 2010, a major eruption is 1968 destroyed a nearby village. Unfortunately, these are the only photos I could snag of a sloth. Sloths are only found in Central America. We saw this beautiful crested … More La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is absolutely gorgeous. The lush canopies and rolling hillsides harbor countless mammalian and reptilian species, and provide the perfect habitat for many migratory birds including the famous quetzal. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the surrounding region contain seven different ecological life zones and have nearly continual cloud cover, lending plenty of humidity and … More Monteverde, Costa Rica

Villas Mastatal

Spontaneity. That is the summation of our Costa Rican adventure. Pure and utter serendipity. It all began the night of our medical school graduation. We went out to a local bar with our fellow classmates to celebrate the momentous occasion. Over cocktails and pints, we discussed travels and past escapades to the far ends of … More Villas Mastatal