Life In the Big Green Jolly

Embrace local. Explore often.

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Experience Monteverde

blue striped hummingbird

“¿Hablas español?” the van driver inquired on our way to the Monteverde area of Costa Rica:  Do you speak Spanish? “No.  Lo siento.  Muy poco”, I replied: No. I’m sorry. Very little. “Ah, I am the one that is sorry”,… Continue Reading…


Visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Blue dragonfly sitting on leaf at Santa Elena Cloud Forest

Trying to decide which cloud forest to visit in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica? Read on for why I recommend the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.


A guide to Arenal Costa Rica

Red plant in the Arenal area of Costa Rica

He yells, waving wildly.   The waterfall drowns out most of his words.  My Spanish is not good enough to put meaning to the words I do hear.  


Rincón de la Vieja National Park – a guide

woman in swimming hole in front of Oropendola Waterfall

With so many options to visit National Parks in Costa Rica, you might be tempted to skip the out-of-the-way Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Don’t make that mistake. Follow our guide to visiting Rincón de la Vieja National Park.


Costa Rica: 2-week itinerary

Monkey sitting on log in jungle

Costa Rica has so much to offer. Beaches, mountains, volcanoes, and eco-adventures abound.   Twenty-five percent of the country is under some type of protected conservation status.   You could explore for months and still not experience all the wonder.… Continue Reading…


Your guide to Mammoth Cave National Park

Formations in cave

Mammoth Cave National Park.  A park that offers above and below ground fun! Want to explore a huge cave where you can still bump your head?  Check. Want to add in some biking or hiking?  Check. Have a need to… Continue Reading…