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Costa Rican Conclusion


After hiking to an overlook of Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest volcano, we concluded our trip with a two-night stay at Rancho Margot. Unlike Rancho Mastatal, whose primary purpose was to educate through communal living, Rancho Margot was a retreat center focused on eco-tourism. We evaluated the differences between these two permaculture systems, primarily highlighting the […]

Costa Rica Update


These past few days at Sarapiqui have been magical. We’ve been lodging by the jungle, immersed by a spectrum of bizarrely beautiful insects, frogs, sloths, birds, and howler monkeys. Throughout the past few days, we’ve hiked through the jungle with an ethnobotanist, who taught us how to identify medicinal and sacred plants and explained their […]

Ethnobotany in Costa Rica


Today we enjoyed a very stimulating day of ethnobotany, where we learned about different rainforest plants that are connected to the Costa Rican culture, particularly for their medicinal use. We also had our first opportunity to see howler monkeys and celebrate Melissa’s birthday with a student-led flash mob and cake. We are about to leave […]

Costa Rica – Update (Days 4-7): Rancho Mastatal


After arriving in Rancho Mastatal, we began the morning of Day 3 with a meet-and-greet with the interns of the permacultural center. The interns gave us an opportunity to cogitate the principles of sustainability. We then toured the ranch and discovered the ecological interrelationships between the human inhabitants, the agriculture, and the wildlife. Tim, the […]