So I read Costa Rica achieved a Happy Planet Index Score of 64.0 and ranked #1 of all the countries analysed. I got really curious about this wonderful place that exhales happiness, is considered to possess the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide, doesn’t have a permanent standing army and where people say “Pura Vida” as a “have a good day” kind of way.
My long-time travel buddy is a flight attendant at Emirates now so it was easy to find someone who would embark on this adventure with me.
And it was GREAT! We rented a car for 10 days and barely planned anything except for a long stay at the Manuel Antonio National Park at a Resort that is managed by a very nice Portuguese guy we had read about. We just went with the flow (the path in red in the map) and, not considering some minor problems everything went well and we met wonderful people, beautiful landscapes and the habit of eating delicious rice and beans everyday for breakfast!