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Costa Rica Stories & Articles

Ever wonder how it feels to be surrounded by flitting jewel-colored hummingbirds or watch baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean? How about what it's like to listen to a symphony of croaking tree frogs or spot a sloth as it slowly moves across the forest canopy? Discover the true meaning of pura vida in this collection of nature-based first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff. The links below open each article in a new tab.
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Top 7 Moments of the Natural Vida en Costa Rica

Top 7 Moments of the Natural Vida en Costa Rica

—By Jennafer Bonello
We had the opportunity to explore the mangroves of the Sierpe River by private river boat. While floating down the river, we experienced the many incredible sights, sounds and smells of the vast ecosystem...
Traveler Story: Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

Traveler Story: Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

—By D. Taliaferro
In the jungle after dark, we encountered an armadillo and followed tree frog calls, spotting several with gorgeous colors. Marco showed us a mud bank with a motmot nest (a 2-foot-long tunnel)...
Five Highlights from Costa Rica

Five Highlights from Costa Rica

—By Jonathan Cass
Of all the animals we had a possibility of seeing on this trip, the one I was looking forward to the most was a sloth. Two-toed, three-toed—I didn’t care —I just wanted the chance to see one out in the wild. Fortunately, on our first full day...
11 Wild Reasons to Visit Costa Rica (in Photos)

11 Wild Reasons to Visit Costa Rica (in Photos)

—By Abby Wadley
We saw so many baby squirrel monkeys on the grounds around the Tiskita Jungle Lodge, near the Panama border in Southwestern Costa Rica. This mama and baby were on the roof of the main...
Seabound Baby Turtles in Costa Rica

Seabound Baby Turtles in Costa Rica

—By Natural Habitat Adventures
While exploring the wilderness of Costa Rica, a small group of nature travelers enjoyed the wondrous experience of being surrounded by Pacific green sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean for the first time...
Natural Jewels of Costa Rica

Natural Jewels of Costa Rica

—By Megan Koelemay
Tucked away in the lush rain forest of Costa Rica and accessible only by air or water, my accommodations for the next few days were both rustic and luxurious. Paths led in various directions, colorful flora lined the walkways, and the route to my room was delicately...
Traveler Story: Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure

Traveler Story: Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure

—By D. Ramsey
Both morning and afternoon excursions through the canals provided up-close views of monkeys (both white-faced capuchin and howler), caimans, river otters, emerald basilisk lizards, iguanas, sleeping...
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