The Roads of Costa Rica

The Roads of Costa Rica

Smith Schwartz
Jun 7, 2012

As I've been writing this series, I've talked lots about being 'on the road'. Usually, the road is a means to an end, a way to get somewhere. But sometimes, the road can be an amazing attraction in and of itself. Anyone who has been to Costa Rica knows there are a wide variety of of roads there. Here are a few that caught my eye.

This was the incredible view on our drive to Rincón de la Vieja, an active volcano in the Guanacaste region. The ride was quite bumpy, but every turn boasted a spectacular view of the then-erupting volcano.

This bridge across the Rio Celeste provided an amazing look at the bright blue waters below. The river is a luxurious deep turquoise due to a chemical reaction of the naturally occurring sulfur and calcium carbonate found there.

My guess is that this road hasn't seen much vehicular traffic recently, as we came across this road during a horseback tour of a mountainside. We saw spectacular waterfalls, beautiful vistas and a few neighborly cows.

This last road was actually our very first encounter with a road in Costa Rica. However, this avenue was not for cars, but for planes. This was the local runway in the middle of a farm where we began our trip, and also our first time happening upon friendly Costa Rican cattle.

(Images: Smith Schwartz)

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