Costa Rica is the land of Pura Vida and even in an ordinary January that's something we could all use, this January it's almost an essential. So take a break from remote learning for five minutes and take kids for a wander around cloud forests, meet a few smiley sloths, race down some rapids or make like a Guanacaste sabanero, only in Costa Rica.
If you want to immerse in Costa Rica’s Pura Vida, try a soul-purifying forest bath in Monteverde Cloud Forest. The entire reserve covers over 26,000 acres, it’s 90% virgin forest and contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, along with more than 500 different animal and bird species, 2,500 plant species, and more orchids in one place than anywhere else on earth.
For less-contemplative kids, Monteverde is a sustainable playground to soar through on zip-lines; eyeball monkeys off hanging bridges;, fly high on sky trams; or pony trek and hike in the company of local guides. Here, you can literally have your head in the clouds then go feed fruit to giant butterflies, spot scarlet-eyed tree frogs or even stand with one foot in the Pacific divide and the other in the Caribbean.