Costa Rica by Air

The Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica is home to a very unique type of environment: a tropical dry forest. Though incredibly lush in the photos below, this area receives little to no rain during the summer months, when trees shed their leaves and become dormant until the rains come again. However, there is one special feature that keeps part of this area green year round. 

The Nosara and Montaña rivers meet the Pacific Ocean. A popular spot for both crocodiles and fishermen.

The Nosara and Montaña rivers meet the Pacific Ocean. A popular spot for both crocodiles and fishermen.

The confluence of the Nosara and Montaña rivers provides an essential water source during the dry summer months. It’s during this time that many animals congregate here and it becomes home to a concentrated population of howler monkeys, coati, anteaters, peccaries, large cats, crocodiles, migrating birds and much more.

See more of the wildlife that populates this area on @tommymacphotography .

Waves crash against the shore in a hidden bay near Nosara, Costa Rica. 

Waves crash against the shore in a hidden bay near Nosara, Costa Rica. 

Increased tourism over the last 15 years is creating a difficult balance between development and wildlife habitat.

Increased tourism over the last 15 years is creating a difficult balance between development and wildlife habitat.

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Inland Costa Rica, where rainfall in the mountains swells rivers and flows to the Pacific Ocean or Caribbean Sea. 

Inland Costa Rica, where rainfall in the mountains swells rivers and flows to the Pacific Ocean or Caribbean Sea. 

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Silt flows out of the river mouth and into the ocean during high tide.

Silt flows out of the river mouth and into the ocean during high tide.

At another river mouth - Mata de Limon near Puerto Caldera in the Puntarenas Province.

At another river mouth - Mata de Limon near Puerto Caldera in the Puntarenas Province.

The sweeping abundance of wildlife, breathtaking views (great surf) and welcoming culture make the Guanacaste area a special place. In my three weeks here I asked many people what they thought of the rapid land development and increase in tourism over the last 15 years. Some are against it, some are for it but all agreed that any development must be done with the environment in mind.

It is important to grow sustainably and to preserve and protect the land that so many come to enjoy, not just here in Costa Rica, but around the world. 

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Tommy Mac