If you appreciate pure nature, are interested in observing wildlife and love relaxing on beautiful beaches watching an incredible sunset, then Costa Rica should be on your travel bucket list.
Manuel Antonio National Park faces the Pacific Ocean in central Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica encompasses rugged rainforests, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. Costa Rica is known for its vast diversity of tropical flowers and animals. The National Park is roughly 680 hectares huge and has a variety of different hiking trails, which lead you from the coast up into the mountains.
If you are keen on hiking through the rain forest, you want to make sure you can see all the wildlife and not missing out on anything. I, therefore, recommend booking a guided tour through the rain forest. The guides use a large telescope and know the forest and their inhabitants inside out. They spot tiny little animals you would have never guessed finding on your own.
Enjoy the journey through the rainforest in Manuel Antonio National Park:
Costa Rica has some fascinating wildlife to see in the rainforests:
Besides the tropical animals you will notice the most beautiful colourful flowers in the rainforest:
Costa Rica has also plenty of options to go on boat trips for snorkelling in the coral reef. On the way you might be lucky to see dolphins and whales:
Now you have seen so much from this wonderful region of Costa Rica, the beautiful colourful flowers and cute, exotic wildlife. It is time to relax on the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park enjoying the sunset.
Did the photos inspire you to travel to Costa Rica? Enjoy your trip.
Live in the here and now. Do not postpone your goals and things you love doing for later. It might be too late. Pursue your goals now, make a decision, commit and you will find a way and time to pursue your goals. Life is too short. Never postpone pursuing happiness for the future. Start now and you will see once your mindset shifted, everything will just fall into its place.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn –
Don’t we always worry to much about what could happen. Stop right there. Some things are just out of our control and we cannot change it. It might not meant to be that way and this is fine because something better is waiting for us.
Let’s stop worrying about things we cannot control as it doesn’t get us anywhere. Worry less and expect the unexpected. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. Deal with your worries when it actually happens which might not ever be the case.
Worrying can make you sick and depressive. If a situation doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would be, make the best out of it. It is not always sunshine but you can still have a great day. You never know but you might discover things you wouldn’t have thought of it in the beginning.
Stop worrying and live in the moment.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will” – Epictetus
I took this photo of an orchid in the rainforest in Costa Rica when it was raining all day. I could have been annoyed about the rain and unhappy about my trip but instead I was talking to myself – ‘well, there is a good in everything, you just need to look for it’. So I went out and took photos of the flowers. The freshly-laid raindrops added some additional sparkle and glimmer to the orchids. Now I was happy to be in the rain.
When reflecting on that, not everything in life is always positive but if we look closely we can see the good things. I believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we were meant to learn a lesson which leads us to a better path in life.
Be happy …not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.
Even though skies can be grey on a rainy day, there is always beauty around us if you open your eyes.
I travelled to Costa Rica and stayed in an eco lodge (Hotel Quelitales) near Cartago last year in December. Unfortunately when I was there it was raining all day. This hotel is located in the rainforest. It is a really nice place and the chef cooks fantastic fresh food from the garden.
When the rain stopped for a while I immediately took my camera to take some photos of the colourful flowers. I love the fresh look of flowers when raindrops are sitting on the petals which highlight the vibrant colours. Even though the sky was grey you could see the beauty in nature.
When reflecting on that – Life is not always sunshine but when you look deeper you can see the positive things in life and move on.
Life can be amazing and colourful when skies are grey
Nowadays everybody talks about positive thinking but what are the benefits of it and what does it really mean. How do you think positively? Can you just press the button and there you go? Well, it is not that simple.
A positive mindset focusses on the bright side in life. People who are positive, seem to have more energy and attract a lot of other positive people around them; they are optimistic. On the other hand there are negative thinking or pessimistic people. They are mostly perceived as being toxic and people stay away from them. Have you ever been in a situation where you had a great and happy day until you catch up with your ‘negative’ friend. After that you go home feeling depressed?
Having a positive mindset is very powerful and has a great impact on our health:
It reduces stress. We all know that stress makes us sick, so being positive improves our health. We are dealing with stress situation in a more effective way. We are staying focussed and positive about an outcome which helps us in dealing with it in a calm manner.
When being positive our voice becomes more powerful and our body language shows the way we feel.
Positive people get more physical activity, such as exercising or dancing, they follow a healthier diet, don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Some health benefits could be connected to them:
people with a positive mind live longer
they are unlikely to suffer from depression
they show lower levels of distress
having greater resistance to the common cold
better psychological and physical well-being
reduced risk of getting cardiovascular disease
coping better during hardships and stressful times
Positive minds are attracting positive things in life. It seems that everything is just flowing without greater effort.
What actually does it mean to be positive, what exactly do we have to do:
It starts with our self-talk. How many times do we realise that we stop believing in ourselves and started the doubt talk…”oh I am sure I won’t be able to achieve that…they don’t want me…’I am not good enough….etc”. I am sure we all do sometimes. That’s were we need to step in. Believe in yourself. You can do and achieve everything you put your mindset to. In order to start the positive self talk, use positive words such as I can do it; I will do it, there is an opportunity and get rid of ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘cannot’ etc.
Believing in everything happens for a reason: Sometimes things happen in our life which makes us feel unsettled and upset. Once you start believing in ‘everything happens for a reason’ you will see it from a positive point of view. You might not find out immediately what the reason was but in the end you will. Don’t get too upset and instead look at the bride side. Maybe it was not meant to be. For example in case you lost your job due to redundancies in your firm it could have been a good thing for you. Maybe you didn’t like that job anyways and you would have stayed there forever being unhappy because you are afraid of changes. Sometimes we need that push from the outside in order to follow our real purpose in life and finding happiness.
Having a sense of humour helps. Instead of getting mad at certain situations, it is good to laugh about it. That way we create positivity and it might not be as bad anymore. Sure we all have been in situations where you wait at the airport and the plane is getting delayed for hours. It might be annoying at that stage but once you have a laugh about it you feel better. When I was in South America I experienced it quite frequently. However, we started joking about it, laughed and felt good. Have a cup of coffee and chill out.
Exercising increases the level of endorphins in your body which leaves you with a happy feeling.
Listen to your favourite music and sing (if you are like me and you cannot sing then only sing where nobody can hear you:))
Surround yourself with positive people. Stay away from negative, toxic friends.
Positive minds attract good things. Nevertheless you still might have to encounter unpleasant situations in your life but the way how you deal with it makes the difference. With a positive approach you see the good in everything, you learn your lessons in life, improve and move on.
Remember after rain is always sunshine and where there is a dark side there is always a bright side. You just need to open your eyes.