A month-long solo adventure traveling through beautiful Costa Rica.
February – March 2016
Alajuela -> San José
San José -> Monteverde
Monteverde -> La Fortuna
La Fortuna -> Puntarenas -> Tambor
Tambor -> Jacó -> Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio -> Uvita
Uvita -> Bahia Drake
Bahia Drake -> Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo -> San José
The photos below highlight bits of my epic adventure and are captioned with corresponding segments of my travel journal entries.
New friends – when you travel alone, you’re never really alone.
“(No date written down, but smetime later on in Feb.) Sitting under the moon with Max & Neya, awakening. On and up, or back to ground zero.” written in Uvita, CR. I happened to be there right before a huge festival, Envision, began. There were tons of interesting and loving souls making the trek to this small city on the southern coast. The hostel I stayed at was awesome, and as you can see in the photo, the whole structure was open air, open to nature, bugs, and mezmorizing sunset views.
Bahia Drake, walking through the jungle.
Bahia Drake, CR
The hostel I worked at for 2 weeks. Must go to Puerto Viejo and MUST stay at the Lion Fish – good vibes, good people.
Arenal Volcano lumes in the distance. La Fortuna, CR.
Zip line crew, Monteverde, CR
Collecting hands world wide
Bahia Drake, CR
“(Undated) You’re in the flowers. You’re everywhere.”
My sweet multi-city travel partner enjoying a waterfall and it’s pool in Uvita, CR.
Dogs of Costa Rica
Girl crew at the Lion Fish hostel – ya know, I’m never really surprised to find so many solo female travlers…More power to the ladies that look after one another, no matter what the circumstance. It’s Women who make foreign places feel like home.
Vamos a surf
Neya in a waterfall pool in Uvita, CR.
“Feb. 12th. 2016 – Zip lining was incredible. I soared through the clouds and rainbows and high above the jungle. Pure euphoria. I kept thinking to myself, is this real? Are my eyes really seeing what I could have never imagined…? ..undescribeable green, mist kissing my cheeks, laughter, rain, mud, more laughter.. I was soaked to the bone with rainwater and my heart was drenched in my fvorite feeling – freedom.”
Cats of Costa Rica
Perrito Bahia Drake
“Feb. 13th. 2016 Hot Springs! Baldhi – 9 different pools flowing from the top of a massive hill to the bottom, all volcanic, ranging in size and temprature. The place was really clean and the buffet was awesome.” This was written in La Fortuna, CR and I was with my newly made friend Alexis.
Lizzie on the streets of Puerto Viejo.
Manuel Antonio – where I suffered the worst sunburn of my life. Still, it was one of my favorite location in CR.
“Feb 22nd. 2016 – Imperial beer, jungle, beach, pacific, veggies & fruits – I think I landed a job starting the 27th working for a few weeks at a Hostel in Puerto Viejo, so that’s exciting. I’ll be here for a few more nights and then move on up to the Caribbean Coast. Feeling good. It’s actual paradise here.” written in Bahia Drake
A soul sister I met along the way, Alexis, and I on a speedy back-road bus drinking from our cocos. Half the reason I travel is to meet people like this girl. Life is good!
Food is EVERYTHING. Food is life insurance. Food is medicine. Food is energy & nourishment and damn, food is delicious! It’s so important to treat your body right and I was reminded of that constantly in Costa Rica, where healthy options are plentiful.
My little Rojito, in Tambor, CR.
Annie’s “21st” birthday party at the Lion Fish in Puerto Viejo, CR.
San Jose, CR
Monteverde, Cloud Forest, CR
Met Sam in DIA, she approached me and said, “are you going to Costa Rica?” (even though it wasn’t even a direct flight from DIA to CR) and we were friends from that moment on – and got to travel to a few different places together. Meaningful coincidences, people, they are a REAL thing!
Beach, beach, beach…more beach?
Worked for 2 weeks at this dope hostel, The Lion Fish, along side the two owners. If you’re looking to travel for an extended amount of time, trade working for a clean & safe bed to save a lot of money.
“Feb.10.2016 – I have heard nothing but good things about the coffee that resides from Costa Rica, and my first sip just confirmed the rumors.” This was written in Alajuela, CR on my first morning in the country. The above photo, however, is of a fellow traveler’s mug of coffee that I shot one morning at a hostel called Yoses, San Jose.
Celebrating Annie’s birthday at the Lion Fish Hostel, where I worked for 2 weeks.
Short Video Clips
Fresh Coconut Milk
Trekking Through The Rainforest
Interested in more content about my travels in Costa Rica? Read another blog post called Pura Vida