EDITOR’S NOTE: Cruising the wildlife-packed mangroves of the Sierpe River, traversing rainforest roads to extraordinary waterfalls and swimming holes, pacing yourself with the ebb and flow of the tide on two coasts, communing with iconic creatures of the tropical forest — toucans, capuchin monkeys, sloths…these are just a few ways to experience nature in Costa Rica. And real nature is something we see all too little of in our overworked, city-bound lives.
There’s something undeniably invigorating about getting into — you could say returning to — the natural world, something that just isn’t accessible otherwise, no matter how many photos of tropical beaches you stare at during those eight hours a day when you’re supposed to be working. Fortunately, places like Costa Rica exist to grant us that access. All you have to do is book a flight.