The scene in this painting is of wild and tropical Corcovado, Costa Rica. Located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park contains the most biodiversity in the Western hemisphere!
While a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I got to hike through Corcovado near the end of my service.
Corcovado National Park lies on the southwest tip of Costa Rica and is the most biodiverse place in the western hemisphere! While a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I hiked through Corcovado near the end of my service. After a full day’s hike through the jungle, streams and rivers, you arrive to the wild and pristine beaches.
Imagine the warming rays of the Pacific sun shining upon this tropical stretch of Corcovado beach when you look at this painting hanging in your home or office!
Do any of you ever dream of beautiful expansive and tropical beaches with very few people on them?
Uvita lies on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. The beach there is really something to behold. There is even a natural whale’s tale formation of sand and rock that extends into the ocean, of which I’m sure I’ll do some paintings in the future. In the meantime, this is the first couple of layers of this painting, which I’ll complete soon!
While I’m talking about Uvita, I have to give a shout out to my friend from the Peace Corps, Travis Bays, founder of Bodhi Surf School, a yoga and surf camp that specializes in providing one-of-a-kind vacation experiences. Travis lives in Uvita with his wife Pilar and their daughter Maya.
If you travel down the Pacific coast further south, you’ll eventually get to Corcovado National Park, the most biodiverse region in the western hemisphere. While in the Peace Corps, I trekked through Corcovado’s jungles, rivers and wild beaches!
Do you ever feel like just getting out of the office or your house for some fresh air? I know you do! We all do. There’s nothing like walking through nature to clear your mind. This weekend I took a walk with my wife, which has started to become an annual thing, through a regional park to see the fall colors and the Potomac river. I could stare out at the bright colored leaves next to the Potomac for a whole day.
Taking “nature walk” to the extreme
Thinking about these nature walks got me to thinking about the biggest nature walk I ever did – a 3 day hike through Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. I’ve heard several times that Corcovado has the most concentrated biodiversity in one spot in the entire western hemisphere. National Geographic even called the Osa Peninsula, where Corcovado is located, the “most biologically intense place on Earth.”
We walked for three days in the muggy heat through the jungle, crossing several rivers along the way. We heard all kinds of birds and howler monkeys off in the distance, saw wild bores and a spotting of the rare danta (tapir in English – like a mini elephant), and several pizotes (not sure of the English translation, but I know I’ve never seen them in the U.S.). The most beautiful part for me was walking along the ocean and seeing dozens upon dozens of wild, bright red scarlet macaws flying along the coast. I think I was so enchanted that I didn’t even get a photo of it! I did get a few of them in the trees. Here are some photos!
(this hike was in 2008 near the end of my Peace Corps service in Costa Rica)