Do you know what it means PURA VIDA?
Pura Vida is pronounced Poo-ran Vee-da, and in English means, “Pure Life”.
However, these two words have much more meaning throughout the Costa Rican culture. It is more than just a saying—it is a way of life.
Pura Vida, means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe…just maybe, your situation isn’t all that bad and
that no matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short…so start living it “pure Vida style”.
The expression is used in many ways and forms, from a greeting to a synonym for “excellent”.
This word is associated with many different English interpretations like “pure life”, “take it easy”, “enjoy life”, “all good”, “purity in life”, “hello”, “goodbye”, “this is life!” and much much more.
Although many people use the saying ‘pura Vida’, until you’ve been to Costa Rica, you will not truly know what pura Vida feels like.
It’s an emotion, it’s an attitude, its happiness, and it’s a way of life. Once you’ve visited, you will understand the true meaning of pura Vida.
Pura Vida!! =0)
What to pack to Costa Rica?
•1-3 shirts or blouses.
•3-4 pairs of shorts.
•Quick drying nylon and one or two pairs of dressy cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.
•1-2 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for the bush. If you can find a pair you like, convertible pants (zip-off legs) can serve as shorts and long pants.
•2-8 pairs of socks.
•Footwear – preferably lightweight hiking boots (if possible waterproof) with good ankle support for all the hikes in the forest, tennis or running shoes, sturdy & thongs or sandals
•Binoculars (8×42) recommended, field guides (getting a closer look at wildlife is really rewarding)
•Camera and film, memory cards for digital cameras, batteries and chargers
•Dry bag for protecting values if water activities
•Extra prescription glasses (if applicable)
•Extra prescription medication (if applicable)
•Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
•Hat(s) – with visor for rain and to keep the sun off. If you choose the baseball cap, bring a bandana to hang out the back and protect your neck.
•Plastic bag for wet clothes
•Plastic garbage bags for wet items
•Plastic reusable water bottle – especially for hikes
•Rain gear – poncho, raincoat, or umbrella • Shirts – cotton, long and short sleeved
•Small daypack or fanny pack for hikes
•Socks – bring extra in case feet get wet
•Sunscreen and insect repellent • Sweater or Jacket • Trousers – cotton hiking pants or lightweight pants (jeans not recommended too slow to dry)
•Underwear/Swimsuits. Active/sports swimsuit Shoes
•Ziplock bags for spillable toiletries
Do you know that you can actually take advantage of every minute by including tours in the middle of your transportations from place to place?
This is why I have added this to our blog with the intention to inform our customers or any traveler that you can take advantage of every minute while you are in Costa Rica.
From San Jose to the Arenal Volcano Region:
There are two routes that you can take the one from Zarcero or the one through San Ramon.
Normally people take the one through San Ramon since there is less traffic.
If you go through San Ramon you will be enchanted by the cloud forest and the amazing views of the mountains.
Zarcero instead has a lovely weather, very similar to Spring Season weather. This route is full of nice landscapes; you will see a lot of Cattle rising along the way since this are the main economy actuality in the area.
Our drivers are well conscientious that our customers are here to enjoy every minute of their vacations. So, do not hesitate to ask them to stop if you want to take pictures of the amazing views.
-Poas Volcano (Currently close but you can always ask if is possible) + Coffee tour + La Paz waterfall
-Zarcero: You cannot miss the visit to the evergreen paradise that is this town.
The cottage style church offering a series of vibrant shrubbery, sculptured and clipped into whimsical shapes.
The garden Well-manicured shrubs in the park are fashioned as animals, dancers, and oxcarts. You will even find a dinosaurs, helicopter, airplane and even Christ carrying a cross.
The park without a doubt is a unique place in the whole country. This is a must-see.
From Liberia to Arenal
The weather is hot and dry from November to May and humid from late May to early November, with heavy rain in September and October.
On the way to Arenal or on your way to Liberia, there are a couple of places that you can not miss. please see below,
The Big Cats of Las Pumas Rescue Center
-The Big Cats of Las Pumas Rescue Center (This is a self-guide tour) – you will only need to pay the entrance which is US$12 per adult and $8 (from 04-12 years old) is located just outside the small city of Cañas along the Inter-Americana Highway, Las Pumas Rescue Center (Centro Rescate Las Pumas) provides a temporary, or sometimes permanent, home for wild cats and other animals that have been injured, rescued, orphaned, or confiscated in the illegal pet trade.
Llanos Del Cortes Waterfall
– This waterfall is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls. The falls are wide and wispy, with thin streams of water tumbling along the mossy rocks. Rocky cliffs are visible through the transparent cascade. To add to the grandeur, thick forest surrounds the falls with many birds and sometimes even monkeys bellowing from the trees. At the base of the falls is a nice pool that is good for swimming or wading, and there is a sandy area to just hang out and relax.
One of the best things about visiting the Llanos de Cortez Waterfall is that your visit helps support the local community. Shortly after you turn off the highway on your way to the falls, you will come to a small group of people asking for a donation. There is no admission fee to visit the waterfall; instead, all donations go directly to the local school, Escuela de Llanos del Cortés.
Arenal – Manuel Antonio
Arenal and the Pacific side of the country are the perfect combinations for short vacations in Costa Rica. Since the Arenal Volcano Region is located in the Rain Forest; why not spend a few days after in a very beautiful beach at the Pacific side with fantastic sceneries.
Every corner of this exuberant country is different and every place has its own must visit.
On the way to Manuel Antonio, there is not only a lot of amazing scenery’s; there are a couple of places that you may want to know,
Tarcoles is the perfect stop on the way to Manuel Antonio to enjoy more of wildlife and have a break in the middle of the way to your destination. Rio Tarcoles runs by the Carara National Park and is famous for its large Crocodiles. You can either observe the crocodiles from the Tarcoles River Bridge or take a croc tour. The fascinating crocodile safari takes you through the river by boat and bilingual guides show you hair-raising tricks.
The Carara National Park
– The Park without a doubt is a unique place in the whole country. The park is around a diversity of flora and fauna, where converge typical species of dry and humid forests.
This park is a worldwide known birding destination. It is certainly one of the major sites in the country for birdwatching. It is the first national park in having a universal access trail, where the visitor can live the experience of being in the forest, large trees, and see the relationship between some of the species.