After months of living the “New days” in this lockdown and having a totally new lifestyle, most of the people may think about the multiple things they used to do before the pandemic, and no doubts you have heard the words “I miss traveling”. There are just a few industries that got as dramatically affected as tourism did.
Living in a country like Costa Rica will make you feel proud on the international recognition we have for our commitment to sustainable tourism, “without artificial ingredients” says our country slogan. And it makes sense! we host about the 5% of the total biodiversity of the planet, a unique tropical paradise.
As the rest of the world, we did not receive the number of visitors we used to, and that made our forests and beaches temples of solitude and perfect settings for wildlife. By the end of last year, we heard about people seen jaguars, rare birds, sea turtles… etc., in areas where normally visitors got very little options to see these animals. And of course, the equation of less human interactions equals to more wildlife progress!
This can restructure the way we visit our outdoor open areas and take us far beyond than where we were, understanding we are just visitors that should be more in balance with the surroundings. Hiking with a traveler in the rainforest, he asked me what my opinion was about humans and ecosystem, and that opened a whole conversation between the members of the group and all types of comments. The truth is that at the end, I just remembered the words of the great naturalist Alexander Skutch: “What is the point of having such as perfect gorgeous garden, if there is nobody to admire it?”
My belief is that after all these hard times, we all should try hard so that our role in nature doesn’t get any bigger than admiring and respecting it. Just keeping in mind that we are part of nature, we just belong to it and not being own it.
Bryan Obregón. Naturalist Tour Guide.