Explore the natural treasures of tropical rainforest

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During my MBA at Ryerson University, 9 fellow classmates and I went on week-long trip to Costa Rica during one of our reading breaks. It was a perfect opportunity to escape from Toronto’s cold weather and spend a week in the tropical rainforests.

We started our journey from San Jose and drove through San Isadro to a small town called of Brujo. Our shuttle dropped us off to a point where there was no other option but to continue on foot to travel further. Our next destination, Eco Lodge, was one river and a 3 hour hike away deep inside the tropical rain forest. We used cable car that only carried two people at a time to cross the river and began our hike.

As we went deeper and deeper in the woods, we were going further and further away from the civilization. There were no other houses or hotels within 3-4 hour hiking distance from the Eco Lodge. After getting to the lodge, we realized that everything and everyone we knew was a river and a 3 hour hike away. It felt great to be completely isolated from the rest of the world. It was time to get lost in the tropical heaven. As I lived near Dundas Square in downtown Toronto at that time which is most probably one of the busiest place in the heart of the city, going to a place where there was no urban chaos, felt simply blissful.

Tree climbing was also one of the many activities we did at Eco Lodge. Growing up in a tropical country, India, I used to climb trees when I was a kid every time we went to our farm. Climbing a tree as an adult with a harness and a hamlet felt like a grown-up way of reliving my childhood memories. It was definitely a little harder than I thought since my feet kept slipping and my arms had to do the most work.

Besides tree climbing, we also participated in a number of outdoor adventures such as zip lining, rappelling, white water rafting, surfing and salsa dancing.

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