Costa Rica is often considered a paradise for conservation. But when you drive through the endless pineapple plantations, this image takes on deep cracks.
As far as the eye can see: pineapple plants Photo: imago/Xinhua
Not one tree," said the nice guide in the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, "is allowed to be cut down here." Only fallen wood may be used, he said; and he goes on to tell all sorts of other things about conservation while unsuccessfully trying to get the Austrian woman traveling alone in our group to go on a date. We are in Costa Rica, the favorite of many eco-tourists, with perfectly good reasons: About a quarter of the country’s land area is protected, the country meets its electricity needs almost entirely from renewable sources, and thanks to laws like the 1996 Ley Forestal, public natural forests may not be used for timber production in any form.