The natives use it as both a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are going well, as a way of giving thanks, or showing appreciation. The saying goes beyond its simple translation and has become a way of life that evokes a spirit that is carefree, laid back and optimistic. On more than one occasion, we were advised that life is short; so we need to start living it "pura-vida style."
I hope this optimistic mindset extends for us far beyond the 12 days that we traveled. Pura Vida!
To help me remember the details of our trip -- and perhaps to encourage you to plan one of your own -- here is a list of where we stayed and a few of the things we did.
In San Jose (the capital city)
Walking Tour, including the Central Market and Lunch
In Monteverde, Puntarenas (in the cloud forest)
Monteverde Cloud Forest Hike at Curi Cancha Reserve
Night Hike at Curi Cancha Reserve
In Arenal (near the Volcano area)
Heliconia Nature Lodge
Safari Float by Raft
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Hanging Bridges
Arenal Vocano Hike
In Manuel Antonio (on Pacific Ocean)
Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Gaia's Private Nature Reserve
Rather than rent a car, we contracted with Costa Rica Drivers for all our transportation between locations.