Outside its tedious and tacky urban zones Costa Rica is a delightful melange of volcanoes, beaches and vast, eco-friendly rainforests offering well-organised walks, long or short, buzzing with critters – particularly exotic birds (870 species, so they say), frogs, butterflies, iguanas, monkeys (200 species of mammal), turtles and varied boggling insects embraced by deep, damp greenery perfectly offset with frequent splashes of floral colour (9, 000 species of flowering plants.)
• The biggest disappointment is the lack of colourful human culture compared to Guatemala or even Mexico.
• Towns are pretty dull and ancient sites are in neighbouring countries.
• Crime is catching on here too, though not as bad as some other Central American countries. Tourist hotels out of town are usually delightful and often efficient too, while local people are friendly and welcoming, except of course, for the ones who go for your wallet with some determination.
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An extraordinarily colourful butterfly/thing. Photo by Geoff Gallice.