This is a quaint farm community off the beaten path in the Talamanca Mountains, but known among birdwatchers. Fresh mountain air, majestic scenery and of course, spotting the elusive Quetzal lure visitors to this remote mountain town. Frequent rainfall and high elevations of over 2,000 meters above sea level mean a cool and at times damp climate with highs in the 70’s(21C) and lows in the 50’s(10C).
La Guaria Morada (the purple country girl) is the national flower of Costa Rica characterized by its thin long petals, it represents good luck. The plant thrives in the humid rainforests of Central America, and has long been grown and used to adorn church alters during Lent and Easter, and to decorate courtyards and roofs in colonial cities like Cartago and Escazu.
In the past, wealthy Costa Ricans would travel to the U.S. for superior medical care and procedures. However, a turnaround has occurred recently and patients from Canada and the U.S. are coming to Costa Rica, not only for the incredible biodiversity, but for the high-quality medical care at lower cost and with shorter wait times than in their own countries.