When I first planned going to Costa Rica I intended to stay for a month. I had big plans! Rainforest, hikes up volcanos, beach time and seeing loads of animals, sloths, sloths sloths and turtles.
After one week and a half I realised that actually, my plans to Costa Rica would probably change very soon.
The country is gorgeous and one month would never be enough to see it all. So why did I decide to cut my trip short from 1 month to 17 days? The truth is… I had very very high expectations for Costa Rica, and even thought the country is everything I expected it to be, there were also things that changed my mind about staying.
It is more expensive than I thought, and travelling between places takes a very very long time. This is obviously part of the adventure but after almost 2 weeks I felt that it was time to go.
In Tortuguero I took 4 days to try not to do anything, except enjoy nature. In Fortuna and Monteverde I did a lot of activities, from Ziplining to trekking etc. In Manuel Antonio I stayed for 7 days and had one of the best weeks ever, surrounded by incredible volunteers, trying to surf, playing with puppies, sloths and even a chicken.
I decided to not explore Costa Rica any further. I could have gone to Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Puerto Viejo. I could have done so much! But I didn’t. And half the learning process for me was actually to learn that I don’t have to do everything I had planned or everything other people suggest I do.
I was happy in Manuel Antonio. So I stayed. And it was the right thing to do.
People in Costa Rica are fantastic and I will miss them. The willingness to help is pure, and the laid back attitude can be felt everywhere.
Thank you, Costa Rica. You have been the beginning of what I believe will be a very long learning journey, and I could have not started with a better teacher.
Maybe I’ll come back. Maybe I won’t. But I do not regret one single second of the past 17 days.