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Nov 22, 2017 - Lake Arenal & to Monteverde

Farewell La Fortuna and off to Monteverde and the Cloud Forest. An interesting drive going round Lake Arenal which was expanded in 1979 by the building of the Arenal dam. Hydroelectric power is one of the main power sources in Costa Rica so this was an important development. The roads are interesting, as always in this country, varying between reasonable and potholed beyond belief! We also pass a large wind farm, another arm of the country’s green power generation. Solar power is up and coming but limited due to cost. In La Fortuna we were...

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Nov 21, 2017 - Hanging Bridges & Tabacon Hot Springs

A change in the weather! Truly tropical rain overnight and this morning so no view of the volcano from our room. However, Mistico Hanging Bridges Park is our next adventure. The chance to walk through the canopy of the rainforest ! We walk the 4 Km through the canyon going ever higher, crossing bridges, 6 of which are hanging .... & swinging! The highest is about 150 ft above the forest floor. Lush vegetation, everything larger than life, running out of adjectives to describe this amazing country. So many different microclimates in such a...

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Aug 2, 2017 - La Fortuna

Up at 6am as we have a boat tour on the Sarapiqui River starting at 6.30am, for 2 hours. We walk to the river to meet our boat and its captain, Jose. We travel slowly down river looking for birds and animals. We see quite a few birds, like toucans, curassows, motmots, green ibis, leopard heron, kingfishers and woodpeckers. We also see some bats on a tree trunk and two caiman, one of which we can get within a metre of, so its a nice close up look. The river is so peaceful. We are the only boat on the river and the only other noise we hear...

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Dec 2, 2015 - Things that can kill you in Costa Rica

The people of Costa Rica refer to themselves as "Tico's" (Tica's for girls) in place of the more formal "Costaricennes". It's a name they gave themselves because of their tendency to add the diminutive “tico” to the end of words. For example, “un poco” means “a little” – in standard Spanish, the diminutive is “un poquito” (a little bit), but Costa Ricans often say “un poquitico.”  This distinguishing linguistic item is, of course, lost on me, as I'm mostly just adding an extra "o" to words and just leaving it at that. Foro exampalito:...

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Dec 1, 2015 - The people in the car go up and down....

As we enter our second month here in Costa Rica, we're beginning to fall into an easy routine. We're up, so let's eat! Breakfast on the deck overlooking some of the pools was much more and much nicer than the contInental breakfast we were expecting. Scrambled eggs with pico di gallo, rice and beans, and some chicken con spicy hot pot concoction fuelled by a couple of cups of Costa Rica's best coffee was a treat. So was the wonderful catch up on our sleep that we all enjoyed, after a bourbon tasting by the pool party last night. But we had...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Costa Rica - Day 4 - Another Paradise????

The day began early for me. On hearing that there were Toucans nesting in a tree near the Learning Center, I knew I wanted to be there as the soon as the sun came up. So there I was, waiting, just after daylight. Soon I heard their call - and then, they were there! Beautiful, magnificent birds! Unfortunately, too far away for my camera to get a picture. After watching them for awhile, I began walking along the river. Such a magical morning! Misty clouds playing hide and seek through the tall trees - just like a tropical rain forest should...

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Living Our Dream

Mar 29, 2014 - Day 4 Zipline

Holy s*#-t….zipline. Nothing like I expected. I thought no big deal ….a little ride on a cable across a canyon. Little did I realize we would cover 1.8 miles and reach speeds up to 55 mph 700 to 800 feet above the ground. It started at the base station where we all were fitted up with the gear, received a short lesson on how to use it, a short safety talk and then had to sign a waiver of liability. That should have set off some kind of alarm but it didn’t. Boarded the tram up to the first “platform”. Short practice trip of only 100 or so...

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Feb 26, 2013 - Last Day Lafontuna.

We had fun in this little town. Weather was great. Very hot. Just putted around the town getting cold drinks and listening to some live music. Watching the clouds form around the volcano is quite the show. Off to Samara at 8am after our free breafast. Nice Brad

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Feb 25, 2013 - Arenal

Just arived after a six hour bus ride in Lafotuna. Back were sore. Good news we got upgraded to the junior suit! Ya! The queen sized bed! And it faces the volcano. Great bed for our weary backs. Live festivals in town for two weeks so we get some live music free. Nice. What a change ion drivers attitude, very calm and polite in Lafontuna and pedestrians first. Puerto Viejo cars first and you look out for them!!! Just went out for dinner at a local soda paid $6 for fish , mashed potatoes ,tuna salad, rice , beans and a fried banana. Could...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Waking up with High Expectations

The expectation: The mile-high Volc'an Arenal, Costa Rica's youngest and most active volcano, shook for 12 hours and blew it's top on July 29, 1968. "Since then, Arenal has been in a constant state of activity - thunderous, rumbling eruptions are sometimes as frequent as one per hour. These earthshaking events remind everyone what it really means to coexist with the world's third most active volcano. Night is the best time to view the action - rocks spewing skyward. Although everyone refers to "lava," "pyroclastic flow" a mix of...

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Feb 15, 2010 - Hanging bridges, Ecocentro Danaus Butterfly Farm, and the ultimate... Volcan Arenal!

Another misty morning as we headed off for the Arenal Hanging Bridges. We travelled to the north of the volcano along Laguna Arenal and above the plains below. As our bus climbed to higher elevations, the road side was coloured with a blanket of impatience, a local weed I am told. Walking through the rain forest from ground level to the canopy along a pathway and over 14 suspension bridges offered vistas of green upon green densely tangled vines, palms, and trees. Orchids and other flora dotted amongst the verdant foliage, misty clouds...

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Costa Rica 2010

Feb 14, 2010 - A day around La Fortuna

This morning was very misty, as though we were wrapped in a cloud. There was no sight of Costa Rican’s famous active and perfectly conical volcano. So, there was no reason not to go zip-lining or shopping. I chose the latter and enjoyed the wide variety of shops, an artists’ emporium, the town square, and a tasty lunch in La Fortuna. It was also interesting to see the many American name-brands in shop windows: Puma, Nike, Sears, etc. For dinner, a small group went to the Vagabond Pizzeria just metres from our hotel. My tomato basil and...

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Costa Rica 2010

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