Horseback riding is another popular activity for visitors to Costa Rica. This photo from a horseback ride is another example of Costa Rican "living fences."
If you look closely between the trees, you will see barbed wire. The trees were planted in a straight line that separates the pastures from the trail where my wife and were riding. Rather than the expense and trouble of installing fence posts, the barbed wire fencing was strung between the trees. This is common in Costa Rica and is called living fences. On September 18 I previously posted a photo of living fences in a cattle pasture.
Living fences have several advantages. They are beneficial for the environment, provide shade for the animals, are a windbreak, save money for fenceposts, and are attractive. Have you ever seen a traditional barbed wire fence that looked as inviting as the trail created between these living fences?