Luck was on my aspect in March once I was capable of be part of an Insider Journey to Costa Rica! As many within the conservation house know, Costa Rica has lengthy been hailed as a conservation success story, and my current journey to this Central American paradise solely served to underscore that truth. From its lush rainforests to its beautiful seashores, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream come true.
Upon my arrival in San Jose, I used to be instantly struck by the nation’s pure magnificence and the heat of its individuals. All through our 10-day journey, we had the possibility to discover a few of Costa Rica’s most iconic landscapes, from the misty cloud forests of Monteverde to the canals of Tortuguero.
The primary half of our journey was adventuring by way of the steamy and tropical canals of Tortuguero Nationwide Park adopted by invigorating hikes in Corcovado Nationwide Park (which WWF helped to create in 1975!). We encountered an abundance of wildlife in each nationwide parks, to the purpose that it could be less complicated for me to say what we didn’t see! Amongst all of the unimaginable wildlife we noticed, my favorites had been the howler monkeys, toucans, and wattled jacanas.
We spent the second half of our journey within the mountainous area and cloud forests. With a significantly drier and cooler local weather, we spent days immersing ourselves in information in regards to the native vegetation, wildlife, and the Arenal Volcano. Undoubtedly, the head of the journey for a lot of our group was the exhilarating second once we noticed the uncommon and elusive quetzal – who remained perched for over half-hour, permitting us to witness its presence in awe.
Costa Rica’s dedication to renewable power, reforestation, and sustainable tourism introduced me a reinvigorated outlook of optimism and hope for our pure world. As I bid farewell to Costa Rica, I felt an immense sense of gratitude in addition to a deep sense of duty to proceed the work that I do at World Wildlife Fund and encourage these round me to have interaction in our pure world. I’m assured that our experiences and adventures throughout this 10-day trek will function a catalyst for continued conservation efforts whereas inspiring others to hitch us in safeguarding the biodiversity that encapsulates our magnificent planet.
By Rachel Foster, Growth Officer, Annual Giving at World Wildlife Fund