If you’re lucky enough to be in Costa Rica right now, it’s definitely time to get to a national park. There aren’t many silver linings in this crisis for rural tourism, but one extraordinary thing about it – extraordinary and sad, because of the economic stress it represents, but extraordinary nonetheless – is the opportunity it creates to explore parklands without crowds.
It’s nuts to see the Río Celeste Waterfall and be the only group on the platform, as we did last week. I’d imagine it’s similar to stroll through the usually packed trails of Manuel Antonio National Park as if it were the remotest paradise. Not all parks are allowed to open and they have strict restrictions and health protocols, and not all people can safely get to them, but when it’s possible, it’s a real treat. It’s also an amazing way to support the parks system and, where feasible and safe, the small businesses that surround them and may be open these days.
If your Costa Rican park days lie quite a way down the road, here are some photos to help you dream of your return. Un abrazo.