Cloud Forests & Rainforests of Costa Rica

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My two week trip to Costa Rica was one of the most action packed fortnights of my life.

I made a short video of the trip that will give you an idea of some of the cool things we got up to. Click here to watch the video.img_1951

As incredible as these experiences were, the zip lining, whitewater rafting and beautiful beaches were all beaten to the top spot of trip highlights by cloud forests and rainforests.

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‘What on earth is a cloud forest?’ I hear you ask. Well, the main difference between cloud forests & rainforests is that cloud forests are situated at higher elevations in areas of very high humidity. As a result they are some of the most biodiverse places on earth… and they look like insane movie sets!

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It’s a wonder I didn’t swallow some sort of tropical fly as I walked around, wide eyed and open mouthed. I was waiting for Tarzan to come swinging in followed by the blue girl from Avatar. Let’s throw Batty from Ferngully into the mix for the 90s kids. It was that beautiful.

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We visited Monteverde Cloud Forest, Santa Elena Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio Rainforest among others.

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If you are lucky enough to visit a cloud forest or rainforest, my one piece of advice would be to make sure to get out in the forest when it is actually raining !!!

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This may sound ridiculous but the amount of people we saw sheltering in the lounge of our guesthouse during a downpour was astonishing.

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We visited ‘Monteverde Cloud Forest’ on a clear day and the smaller ‘Santa Elena Cloud Forest’ during a complete and utter deluge and the later was most definitely the more enjoyable experience.

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The rain brings with it eerie hanging clouds that you can get lost in.

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The trees are so tall and the forest canopy so thick that it takes forever for a raindrop to make it down to the ground. The result is a hypnotic cacophony of sound like nothing I’ve ever heard before.

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My photographs really can’t do these places justice but these are 10 of my favourite forest photos from our two weeks in Costa Rica. I hope you’ve enjoyed them.