Having been to Costa Rica before, the mixture of anxiety and excitement I felt while boarding the (tiny) plane to Puerto Jimenez was strange. I knew what to expect –a hot, humid climate, wonderfully friendly locals, cold showers (to combat the humidity) –yet this time was different.
"There are multiple times in a day when I get to feel like I am the only person within a hundred mile radius. This of course is not the case, but in an environment where the primary forests tower over you and the sand on the beach is fresh without a trace of foot-prints, it can seem like you are back in time on a secret island..."
This gem of a quote is written on a wooden post on one of my favorite trails we survey in Costa Rica - “You will find no wifi here in the forest, but we promise you a better connection.” Here at camp, we have the opportunity to stray from social media and instead become social.
We conduct daily surveys in Carate for wildlife research on a portion of the species found on the Osa Peninsula. Along with surveying the primates, amphibians and reptiles, poison dart frogs, sea turtles, and mammal tracks, we also survey birds. So how do we remember so many calls?
If you're off to our Costa Rican camp here's why you need wellies!
I can't believe I have already been in Costa Rica for two weeks, time flies here. I'm currently sitting in the camp's kitchen, which is a lodge made of wood that consists of a small kitchen and a big space with two big tables on which we eat. This is also the place where we usually hang out, especially after the surveys since it's very open and available for everyone.
Costa Rica is currently in its sixth year of a seven-year drought. However, it is now the beginning of the rainy season, and the environment is growing evermore green as the days pass. This is a welcome change for the environment, and will be important in the months and weeks to come.
During my first few weeks in the Osa peninsula, Costa Rica, everything amazes: lush jungle, being woken up by howler monkeys, the overwhelming diversity of flora and fauna. You always have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming and there is no need for someone to remind you how unique this place is.
Without any prior reference, I found Frontier on the internet after having done research on volunteering and internships abroad. They offered me the chance to mix many interesting things such as working, volunteering and traveling into an incredible experience that consisted on living in the jungle near the Corcovado National Park and learning from its amazing wildlife.
What could be better on a lazy Sunday two days after a 5 hour, 15km hike up Luna Ridge I hear you ask? Why a 25km hike into Corcovado National Park of course!