A trip to Nicaragua, step 1: border crossing from Costa Rica:
Costa Rica is often called “Switzerland of Central America“. The country has a particular track record when it comes to being future-focused. They dissolved the army in 1948. Since many years, it is less dependent on fossil resources for energy.
Another reason to compare it to Switzerland might be that the cost of living here is considerably higher than in neighboring countries.
Costa Rica touches both the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean and has an extreme wide bio-diversity in between these oceans. The Pacific coast hosts turtles, sharks and alike. Cocos Island is one of the best places on the planet to dive, according to Cousteau. Bats Islands is one of the few places on the planet where you can safely scuba dive alongside bull sharks. (The picture above shows a white tip reef shark in Playas del Coco.)
The Pan American highway makes its way trough the country.
Two international airports make travel to Costa Rica easy. Liberia (LIR) is the airport that gives you easy access to the Guanacaste province (diving, surfing). The airport of San Jose (SJO) is in the center of the country.
When in the north of Costa Rica, make sure to consider a sidestep to Nicaragua.
During a visit in Costa Rica, it’s part of the tradition to go ziplining. So with the crew of Rich Coast Diving, where I’m doing my internship to become a divemaster, we headed for Diamante, an ecopark with a wide network of ziplines.
A little update on the current travel. I’m in Costa Rica to become a divemaster.
Koen Blanquart is a startup veteran whose mission is to help companies tap into the soul of corporate social responsibility. Through artistic projects around the world, such as photo and video documentaries, he helps companies highlight their CSR efforts and proactively show how their actions support their values. Whether he’s photographing grizzly bears in remote Alaska, riding on the trans-Siberian railway, or crewing a small sailboat in Antarctica, he brings an eco sensibility to his work, lives rough and captures pristine footage for clients’ projects.
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