When my wife and I first visited Costa Rica in 2005, she commented that the environmental culture in Costa Rica is similar to the artistic culture of Paris in the early 20th Century. Paris attracted artists and writers from many other countries, where they learned from each other and developed their talents.
There are students of the environment from the USA, Canada and Europe who have come to Costa Rica to study plants, animals and climate. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest area they lamented that certain species of frogs could be found only at higher altitudes because of the effects of global warming. Ecotourism is one of the largest contributors to the Costa Rican economy. Conservation can be good for business, too.
This week we are showing photos from Villa Balbianello at Lake Como, Italy, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.