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Diver, photographer, filmmaker, and outdoorsman, Diego Mejias, recounts hi son-going love affair with the land of his dreams.

�I was born in San Jose and spent the majority of my childhood in Heredia. Although I was raised in a city I was fortunate to have a father who loved all that surrounded us. My affinity for nature. I recall trips from him deeply held respect for nature. I recall trips from my childhood filled with fantastic discoveries of monkeys, reptiles, and a grand variety of wild birds.

Later on, I traveled to the United States where I studied English for a time. As a hobby I began to take classes in marine studies. Without realizing it I was opening a door, which today has become both a career and a complement to my life. Working as a professional in this field has transformed into a wealth of opportunity for me to travel and experience the world underwater. My adventures have taken me from the most remote underwater areas of Coco�s Island to as far away as French Polynesia.

Like the good patriot I eventually returned to Costa Rica and settled in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste. It is a place that offers many opportunities thanks to the growing wave of tourism and development. I could not have found a better outlet of expression for my dreams than in this part of the world. �This place has everything!� I would tell my father over the telephone.

With its hot climate, vast variety of wildlife, and little explored underwater world, it was like discovering an oasis in the middle of the desert. I have had some amazing experiences that include swimming with Humpback whales, and diving with Bull sharks, hundreds of Golden rays, and thousands of reef fish. Some might have thought I told exaggerated stories of the five-meters long, or of the hundreds of Golden rays that were only ten. There wasn�t moment when I wouldn�t stop to think how happy it would make me to have a camera in my hands to capture these images and show them to people.

Without a doubt the best photographs are those that we put or hearts into. To capture an image takes time and dedication. Taking photos is one way of showing to others the inspiring spectacles that one encounters. To film and photograph natural events are my latest past times. I call them the perfect tools; a bridge that offers the perfect connection to what I really love, nature.

I realize that life is full of beautiful moments. For many, Guanacaste is a place of vacation memories, while for others of us the most gorgeous moments of sunny beaches, sunsets full of reddish color, and walks through dry tropical forest are a way of life.

Guanacaste is a place fulls of life and diversity and a place that gives me the opportunity to share with you all these beautiful images, full of color and adventure.
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