Artist – Yoav Magid

Photography / Yoav Magid (’06) :::

Besides being one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited, Costa Rica is also one of the smartest. They got rid of their army in 1948, and have been investing the money they’ve saved from that in sustainability and conservation since the ‘70s. They’ve been a leading ecotourism destination ever since, and they make more money off of keeping their land intact than surrounding countries do breaking theirs down.

Their “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” attitude can be seen everywhere. The only time one is allowed to cut down a tree to build a house is when that tree was already going to fall; that tree then has to be replaced with two new ones; and no house is allowed to be taller than the shortest tree in the area.

Most of all, though, Costa Rica is one of the most photogenic places ever. If you’ve got a nice camera and a slight sense of adventure, GO!

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