Costa Rica: Snapshots – Ecological Sanctuary

Of course, Barry and I did the Cloud Forest hikes, places of great beauty and activity (tour bus destinations), but we also found the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary, a Costa Rican family run site that we had to ourselves much of one morning.  It is on 48 hectors (about 118 acres) of reclaimed logged forest.  Although second growth, this forest is beautiful and a wonderful place to wander and explore.


Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary – cost is $15.00 U.S.


For the most part, the trails are very well marked.

We were impressed by the large and the small.

We learned of trees we didn’t know.


The “Hippie Killer” tree – for all those darn tree huggers 🙂

One trail was particularly steep, but well worth the climb.


With a rainbow too

Although we didn’t see mammals up close – probably because we were there mid-day and because conservation land that doesn’t allow people is nearby, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary.

Be sure to visit.    We think you will like the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary too.

Pure Vida, Renée


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

5 responses to “Costa Rica: Snapshots – Ecological Sanctuary”

  1. Rosita says :

    I loved those photos! Thanks, my dear Renée! You have a very special place on my heart. ❤️ As you know, violence is increasing rapidly and reaching alarming levels, on Brazil, and even here on my hometown, but I don’t pretend on moving me to another country….yet! But if this reaches critically high levels, like in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital city, I’d mind about living the Caribbean Dream earlier than expected. But I’m NOT happy about this possibility. I’m very sad, I can’t think on this possibility without crying. So, while doing a search, wandering and wondering about the possibility of moving me to the Caribbean, I discovered that TCI (Turks & Caicos Islands) are safer than Brazil, and perhaps even mainland USA, which sounded pretty good to me. So, I’ll, I decide, move me for an awhile to TCI, perhaps for one or two years. Who knows? Let’s destiny decide it😉 but even if I do this, I’ll still loving Brazil, because is where I came from, is where my roots are. Independently what occurs, I’ll still loving Brazil. 🇧🇷❤️ I just don’t like corruption nor uncontrollable violence and excessive political bad management. Maybe you’re missing my poems, so, I did a poem about actual Brazilian situation, just in case.

    I could have been born as a Bahamian or American girl
    But I’m a Brazilian belonger
    That pride will no stay longer
    The Brazilian Dream is dying

    If we face a new dictatorship
    Will sink the democracy ship
    The Brazilian Dream is dying
    Patriotism is an extinct word
    A crisis who have no ending

    I’m ashamed of being Brazilian
    And you?
    Aren’t you proud, are you?
    If not, I can understand you
    I can understand you
    The Brazilian patriotism died

    Patriotism is a dead word
    It just exist on World Cup year
    Our idyllic National Anthem
    Is nothing more than an utopia
    Corruption is dominating
    And honesty is vanishing

    We’re too petulant and selfish
    Daily we’re bombed by midia
    Scandals and more scandals
    Corruption and money wash
    It’s sort of historical misfortune

    I blame exploitation and colonialism
    For my country’s problems
    But it’s kind of not so good historical circumstances
    Selfishness and imperialism

    Well… What do you think about my poem?

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita, my friend: Thanks for your poem and your thoughts. As you note, there’s much to do in Brazil to make it a better country. That is true of the U.S. as well. Living in a place makes us aware of the many issues where we are. There is much to do everywhere to improve life wherever we are. Good luck with your plans and dreams. Aloha, Renée

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