The original plan of staying in Orosí was to be positioned between two national parks— Tapantí and Quetzales—the latter of which is one of Costa Rica's newer parks. I unfortunately didn't have enough time to make my way to Quetzales, which would have been a much further drive from my starting point, but Tapantí surely satisfied my itch to see some gorgeous plants and insects in the wild.
I believe it was a Tuesday morning when I arrived to Tapantí and had casually asked the ranger how many people were already in the park, as I hadn't seen another car in sight. "Otros cuatro personas," he replied. Wow. Four people. This was such a change up from National Parks like Manuel Antonio, which are always clambering with tourists. Stoked, I rubbed on some sunscreen, stopped to use the loo, and away I went into the forest.