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In love with Costa Rica

Ellen Tout explores the role nature plays in ‘pura vida’, the indefinable Costa Rican way of life that embraces ancient cultures, positivity and a deep respect for our world
PHOTOGRAPH: GAELLE MARCEL/UNSPLASH

We share something in common with the fabric of the whole universe that connects us” DWIGHT YOAKAM

PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES; SHUTTERSTOCK

The border security officer at San José airport looks at my passport photo and frowns. ‘Why aren’t you smiling?’ he demands. I explain that we’re not allowed to, but he’s having none of it. ‘Smile more,’ he says, ‘pura vida!’ This positivity becomes a hallmark of my trip. Statistically one of the happiest countries and a world leader in conservation – Costa Rica doesn’t just talk about change, it gets on with it.

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