11 Mesmerizing Pictures from Beautiful Rivas Costa Rica

  January 25, 2016 travel posts 🕑 5 minutes read

Rio Chirripo, Costa Rica.


I feel high as a kite right now here in Rivas, Costa Rica.




Like I just went on a crystal meth binge.


Seriously. I’m amped up. Big time. Like a secondary Breaking Bad character or desperate Thai Trucker, I am riding the high.


But here’s the kicker: I need not indulge in CM to get high, living my digital nomad lifestyle. No soul-less eyes. No risk of ODing. Nope. I get high on my Natural Supply. My surroundings.


And all I needed to do was look out my front window.


To see this image #2 below.


How’s that for a home office view, eh? For 1 month.


Sick. In a good way.


Digital Nomad Lifestyle Post


I know it may be – 435 degrees F wherever you are. Just saw my home town in New Jersey was -4 F the other day. So these pictures may be a life preserver for you. I’m tossing the rubber doughnut. Or you may want to strangle me if you’re the jealous type.


In either case I’m happy to entertain you with my digital nomad life or to bring up your stuff.


Today in Rivas….


75 degrees. Sunny. Crystal clear sky. All blue. I mean *all* blue.


I’m digesting a classic scene right now: towering mountains, painted with green, and colorful birds hopping from tree to tree, all to the background music of the powerful Rio Chirripo slamming into boulders, across the street from the apartment.


The Town


This is Tico Central. At least compared to up the hill, where gringos swarm Mt. Chirripo en masse. You may spot an expat or 2 in the neighborhood but Rivas is mostly a friendly little town of locals who are quick with a smile and wave.


Kelli and I thoroughly enjoy strolling through the scenic hood. We’re treated to stunning views of the surrounding montanas, expanses of flowing farmland and the largest collection of small dogs I have ever witnessed.


It’s like these Ticos are all rabid fans of the “Legally Blond” movie series.


Or that feeding small dogs is less expensive than feeding big dogs.


Think the latter driver makes sense.


Anyway, this bevy of ankle biters are not nasty at all; most are benevolent, sweet little doggies who love a good rub or 10.


OK folks….enjoy the pictures!


1: Me on Top of the World in Rivas




That’s a lie. We’re a wee bit more than a half-mile high. But the image above is a fabulous sell, right?


The neighborhood walk ends on top of a mountain surrounded by majestic views in each direction.


When the late afternoon, dark, ominous-looking clouds blow through, look out! What a dramatic scene. Great branding. Thanks Universe.


2: View from the Home Office




My home office view does not suck. I admit that.


Green, green and more green. Palm trees. Bright orange and pink flowers adorning shrubs on the premises.


Little hummingbirds flitting to and fro to feast on sweet nectar.


The constant, ever present, rapids of Rio Chirripo cascading down the mountain across the street, providing me with a most organic form of white noise.


3: Bird with the Bright Orange Bib…I Think




Is the orange splotch too low to be a bib?


If so, I lose the power of alliteration. Whatever.


I spotted this little chap while….resting…..in the open air restroom. He hopped from banana tree to rocky outcropping. He almost seemed to pose for the picture.


So I snapped it.


I’ve seen:


  • lemon merengue shades of yellow
  • deep shades of blue
  • fire engine red


.and about 5 other brilliant colors on the local bird life here.


Toss in your fearsome looking birds of prey along with the “dime a dozen” vultures oft seen in Costa Rica and you have some pretty impressive wildlife.


4: Me in Da Crib




Peep me.


This proves that:


  • I am really good with Photoshop or…..
  • .that I am, in fact, in Rivas Costa Rica now


Our apartment is lovely. We’re on the second floor of a cute, comfy cozy house in a quiet, lush, peaceful neighborhood.


Screens keep the bugs out – not that this place is skeeter rich, anyway – while providing us with a cool, crisp supply of fresh mountain air.


Lighting is a biggie to the property owner. This means once the sun rises to a set point the home is flooded with brightness. Not in an overpowering way though. In an energy-lifting, life-affirming way.


Bananas, mandarins, sour oranges, grapefruit and water apples grow on the grounds. I’ve enjoyed a sweet mandarin juice more than once during our stay.


5: Other View of Da Crib




This is the living room view from the front door.


A nice-sized kitchen sits behind me as I snapped the photo.


The bedroom is behind the first set of sliding doors on the left. I’ve slept like a baby in there. The open air bathroom sits behind the second sliding door on the left. This is a beautifully-designed, peaceful setting for showering and….resting in the room.


6: Kelli in Fake World




I snapped this shot of Kelli on top of the world.


Sort of….


Doesn’t it look fake?


7: Skull Island Like Snap




I am a monster movie nut.


Who cares that I had an unhealthy addiction for Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong? Damn the scathing critics!


I measure the worthiness of any tropical paradise by the “Skull Island Likeness” of any landscape shots in the area.


So far, I have captured such images in:


  • Savusavu, Fiji (where I believe King Kong laid his monstrous noggin before leaping over to Skull Island)
  • Bali
  • Koh Lanta, Thailand


..and now I have recorded a Skull Island type image in Rivas….to keep the natives restless.


8: Kelli by Rio Chirripo




My fashion model poses beside the endless source of white noise just across the sleep.


Thank you, Rio Chirripo, for being my sleep aid.


9: Naranjas




This is orange country.


If you trip on the rocks you’re bound to fall into an orange tree.


I spotted the above arbol de naranjas on a finca (farm) down the block.


10: Pretty Red Flowers




After my morning meditation and icy cold shower I do 2 things:


  • question my sanity for taking an icy cold shower in 50 degree temps every day (remember, open air bathroom means open air shower)
  • gaze upon this lovely flowered tree on the front lawn


I do spend more time admiring its beauty versus reviewing the brain matter in my noodle.


11: Spider Close Up




This wolf spider begged me for a close up selfie.


I obliged him.


Something about wanting to increase his Instagram following.


Check out his massive fangs. Dracula is reeling with envy, somewhere.

  1. Muhammad Ahmad says:
    at 9:06 am

    Hi Ryan, Hope you’ll be enjoying more than what I think!
    After watching the video, I can imagine how beautiful and must visit place Rivas Costa is…
    Thanks for snapping such a great video 🙂
    I like you sharing the beautiful scenes in the form of 1080p video 😀
    Looking forward to watch more videos 😉
    Your little friend,

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:11 pm

      Ahmad, it is such a beautiful place. More 1080 HD videos to come sir 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  2. Renard Moreau says:
    at 1:32 pm

    [ Smiles ] I love the picture with the Spider, Ryan (Hmm. I don’t think that anyone would like that to crawl on them).

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:08 pm

      No, me neither Renard 🙂

  3. Tina Ernspiker says:
    at 12:05 pm

    I loved Costa Rica. I would love to return some day with the whole gang. Great pics! Keep blogging 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:50 pm

      Will do Tina! Thanks for commenting 😉

  4. Rodrigo Pittman says:
    at 1:26 am

    Okay, that’s it. Costa Rica, here I come!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:50 am

      See ya here Rodrigo!

  5. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 10:39 am

    Hi Finja,

    Way cool. The place rocked.


    PS….Please don’t include your link in the comment; it goes to spam. Thanks much 🙂