Escape to Costa Rica

Escape to Costa Rica

Series 1 - Episode 1



Environmental journalist Gaia Vince believes Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world, so she’s moved to a house in the jungle with her husband and small children to find out why. It sounds like a dream gig and Costa Rica looks like an earthly paradise, but even pioneering sustainability has the occasional downside.

Vince goes green in more ways than one while helping to resuscitate a crocodile and tightrope walking in a cloud forest. She also meets President Luis Guillermo Solís, who explains why Costa Rica abolished the armed forces and put 26 per cent of its land under protected status.


Science writer Gaia Vince explores the most sustainable nation in the world, home to over 500,000 species of animal and with a national grid run on rivers and volcanoes that is due to be completely carbon neutral by 2021. She meets the republic's president, who explains his environmental policies, and joins a team of scientists helping to preserve the country's forests and wildlife.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gaia Vince
Executive Producer Katie Bailiff
Executive Producer Brian Hill
Producer Holly Moy
Series Director Eoin O'Shea
Series Producer Eoin O'Shea
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