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Feb 13, 2014 - Rainforest

Leaving San Jose today, we do drive thru the city but unable to see much due to traffic and definitely unable to photograph much due to proximity to buildings. We did see San Jose' Plaza de Cultura, the Cathedral, Central Park, and the National Theater. We are now on our way to Braulio National Park for an aerial tram ride in the rainforest. This was really a very nice ride thru the rainforest with a naturalist pointing out interesting plants, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies thru out the ride. We also did a brief hike once we returned...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Braulio Rain forest, pineapples, and ants

Steven's luggage update: still no sign of his MIA suitcase but we are hoping it is enjoying it's vacation without us, wherever it is. Many people have offered to share their clothing with him but thank goodness for hotel hair dryers so he can wash and re-wear his clothes. The upside is he is the only one of us that doesn't have to drag luggage around. We left our hotel at 7 am and headed off to Braulio Carrillo National Park and Rainforest. Our thrill for the morning would be an hour long aerial tram ride through the canopy of a lush...

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Jul 17, 2006 - Santa Rosa National Park

"Oh yes, there are monkeys, parrots, sloths, and all types of wild life" assured the park ranger. We were entering Santa Rosa National Park, located just south of the Nicaraguan border in the northwest part of Costa Rica. It was hot and muggy, with a myriad of annoying insects just waiting for something new to bite. "Be sure to see La Casona" advised the ranger - "it's very important to our history". We dutifully drove to the historical site - dodging the ubiquitous potholes and clenching our teeth from the resulting jolt every time one...

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Jul 6, 2004 - Pavones, Costa Rica

After Manuel Antonio we went to check the surf in Playa Dominacal, and stayed there overnight. The surf was not ideal, so we all headed to Pavones (turkey town - pavo = turkey in Spanish). This tiny town is home to one of the longest waves in the world. It's quite off the beaten track, and to get there, we had to wind through 30 miles of offroad mountain tracks, cross a small river on a ferry, and cross over some shaky bridges. Once we got there, we realized that the swell was hitting this break pretty nicely. The swell direction needs to...

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