I’d live in Costa Rica. It’s absolutely beautiful. The country receives 18 feet of rain a year, but the sun shined for us. Wherever there isn’t a planation, house, or road, there’s rainforest. Alexa and I visited a Cacao plantation that promised homemade chocolate whipped up right in the great outdoors.
Costa Rica boasts 97% literacy. Another point of national pride is how Costa Ricans wrested their lands back from the United Fruit Company. The company Intel is also based in Costa Rica. We docked in Limon. Our tour guide, Eddie, said the Caribbean side of his country is much more impoverished. We passed a banana plantation on the way to the cacao plantation.
Bananas are grown in these blue bags to prevent them from ripening fully. Eddie explained how Americans loathe brown spots on their bananas.
Wild orchids and birds-of-paradise are both native to Costa Rica. But I was most enchanted with the country’s walking tree or walking palm.
This Walking Tree’s trunk is elevated about 5 feet above the ground. On average the trees “walk” about 10 centimeters a year. They gravitate in the direction of water, sunlight, and nutrients. In order to move, they let roots die on one side of the tree and throw down new roots in the direction they want to travel. I want one!!!