Written by Chez Chesak, and reprinted with permission from Everett Potter's Travel Report.
In the Costa Rican jungle, at the base of the zipline tower, she balked, refusing to go any further. With my family all geared up in harnesses, helmets and gloves and the guides egging her on, our 8-year old daughter was not only afraid of the zipline – she was too afraid to even climb the tower that would kick off the tour of several ziplines through the park.
At only about 20,000 square miles, Costa Rica is a country that is packed with a vast variety of climates and landscapes, and the country remains a big ecotourism destination, as well as a goal for those seeking nothing but resort pampering or off-the-charts adventure. Beaches? Check. Volcanoes? Check. Biodiversity? Absolutely.
When I think of all the locations in the world that I have been privileged to visit and would most love to visit again, Costa Rica is near the top of the list—even after seven trips there! Why? First, I'm a lifelong birder, and there are few places in the world that rival the Costa Rica birding. But as I was reminded on my last birding trip (early 2016), Costa Rica is a favorite for many reasons other than "for the birds."