Paula's Thoughts on Costa Rica
- Ticos are friendly and anxious to please
- Many Ticos speak English
- Most of Costa Rica is still rural--either
farmland or protected parks.
- Almost every small town has a church and
soccer field in the town center or square.
- Rural areas were not well developed by
US standards: poor plumbing, few convienent services, very poor road conditions,
poor markings of roads, streets and even tourist sites
- Tourists sites not well developed yet and
numerous businesses doing things that would not have ben possible in US
because of safety standards and liability issues.
- Hot, humid--mornings were the most comfortable
- Bugs, mosquitos weren't as bad as expected
but snakes, poisonous frongs, ants, scorpions were real hazards to watch
- Great diversity in fauna, flora, insect,
- Interdependence of life in the rain forest
David's "To Do and Not Do"in Costa Rica
- Tour the entire country--you don't really get
to know what the country is really like if you just see one place. Each
region of the country is different.
- See a real rainforest--you will learn more
in the rainforest than you ever will in a classroom--we saw about 100 different
species of animals, most of them in the wild.
- Take a night tour of the rainforest because
some of the really cool animals, such as armidillos and opossums, can only
be seen a night.
- Do a canopy tour--it is loads of fun zipping
from three to tree way up in the canopy. you kind of feel like a monkey.
- Don't get into bed without checking your
covers and pillows for spiders, scorpions and other creatures. Also check
your shoes and clothing.
- Don't come to Costa Rica without knowing
at least a little Spanish or you might have trouble getting around.
Katie's Thoughts on Safety in Costa Rican
The safety in Costa Rica is a lot different than
it is in the United States. Here are some reasons why:
- Noboby in Costa Rica is required to wear a
seatbelt while driving, and babies are not required to use a safety seat.
- Street signs are confusing.
- Roads are dumpy and curvy.
- Dangerous sites and areas are surrounded
by no or little fencing.
- For many risky activities such as canopy
tours, you are not required to sign a safety form.
- Costa Ricans very rarely wear helmets,
and ride on narrow streets.
- Milk and eggs are not refrigerated.
- In zoos, protective fencing is not very
strong, people can easily get hands into cages.
- Many dangerous snakes and insects are common
and not only found in rainforest, in homes/hotels as well.
- People walk on busy highways.