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Jun 23, 2009 - Manuel Antonio National Park

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we met up with our naturalist guide, who we hired to show us around the Manuel Antonio National Park. This park consists of 1700 acres of land mass and 135,906 acres of marine reserve. Although it is the smallest of the 20 national parks in Costa Rica, it is the most visited conservation area in the country. Our guide, Johan, met us at our hotel, and took the public bus with us to the park. As soon as...

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Jun 22, 2009 - Quepos

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau This morning, we boarded a private bus to take us to our next stop, Quepos. We made good time and arrived in town in the early afternoon. After changing into our swimming suits, we headed into town for lunch. However, by the time we finished eating, it was pouring down rain and it did not stop all night! So much for hitting the beach in Manuel Antonio! We met up with our group for dinner at an Italian place in...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Rara Avis

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” - Ralph Waldo Emerson After reorganizing our bags for our trip into the jungle, we woke up early this morning to catch a boat ride out of Tortuguero. On the ride, we spotted three types of monkeys, sloths, bats, jesus lizards, and various birds. The boat dropped us off at a random spot along the river were a van was waiting to take us to the base camp of Rara Avis. We began our journey into the jungle by travelling along the Tortuguero and La Suerte...

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Jun 11, 2009 - San José

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller Kelly and Laura are officially off on a Costan Rican adventure! Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. On this GAP adventure, we plan to explore rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes as we travel around the country starting in the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, San José. Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be traveling from one side of the country to the other. We will start on the northeastern coast along the Caribbean...

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Feb 16, 2009 - A good news day.

Ok so today was a good day. In fact it's been an amazing few days. After leaving the national park I wrote to the volunteer organisation asking for my money back, and of course got no response on Friday. Which meant I had to wait until Monday to speak to them. Stayed at the backackers in Manuel Antonio for the weekend and had a blast. Met some awesome people at the hostel including an Aussie, Justin and 3 Argentinians, Ariel, Debi and Flor. We had a ball. Saturday was valentines day so the 5 of us went out to dinner and then went back to...

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Feb 4, 2009 - San José, Irazu Volcano

I typed this once and lost it so hopefully it works this time. we wanted to see the Poas Volcano but it won{t be open for a long time due to the recent earthquake. We woke up this morning to the most miserable weather possible in the ¨not as rainy season¨. Lovely The fogged windows made views impossible from the bus ride up the volcano. When we got to the top it was pouring rain. Oh well. We´re likely not coming back so we decided to hike it and got totally soaked seeing a view of.....black ash. It was way too foggy to see the crator. Our...

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Jan 10, 2009 - Safe and Sound

So we made it to San Jose with no major incidents. As soon as we walked in to the hotel we ran into Jay and Carrie Anne who informed us that they had found a sports bar to watch the Titan's game. Not lying the name of the bar was Sportsmans!! After a few beers we began to notice that we were the only female clientele in a bar full of older men. Come to find out, the "sports bar" was also a brothel. Leave it to us!! Had some amazing food, met the rest of our group, and are all settled in to our hotel. Love to write more, but this long day...

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Costa Rica Adventure

Jan 5, 2009 - San José

San Jose is a kinda creey town from what i´ve seen of it. On the last day a bucnh of us decided that we should go out to a club. So the group of us start walking down the street toward the club...and the street is dead the city toatlly silent except for the odd cab driving by. We get to the street the clubis on and there are cars just crammed into the block and tons of people and blaring mucic from the club. The club wanted a rediculous amt of cash for cover so we all decided to pass. And again we walked back in the wierd silence of San...

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X-mass 2008/2009

Dec 5, 2008 - Back to the Pacific

We (somewhat gladly) said goodbye to Monteverde yesterday, although it figures that the sky was brilliant blue and the scenery spectacular. Nevertheless, it was time to go. Thumbs up to the Arco Iris hotel - would recommend it highly. We boarded a shuttle transfer to bring us back to the pacific coast, and further south than we've been before. The trip was probably not exactly legendary, but certainly an adventure! The rains had done their work on the dirt roads, and while the driver did his best it was a hairy trip trying to avoid pot...

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Aug 3, 2008 - Cartago, Costa Rica

We went to Cartago to see the pilgrimage that many Costa Ricans make every year to their "Black Virgen". Legend says she can cure anything from toe fungus to extreme disabilities. So, Costa Ricas walk (some for up to 11 days!) to see their Virgin and be healed. As they approach the church that houses the Virgin, they get down on their knees and walk up to the alter on their knees. It is an amazingly touching event to witness. Especially when you see old people that may have walked for days to get to this spot. You see their devotion and the...

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Aug 2, 2008 - San José

Wow.... what a dodgy city!! It is the dirtiest city that I have ever seen! Mind you, this is the beginning of my worldy travels after all. Anyway... met some of the group, great people and went to explore the city with Manjit and a few people from the group - Teresa and Steven (Teresa is from Canada and Steven from the UK), Tara and Hillary from New Orleans and Boston, Jen from the UK and Lisa from Chicago. We saw the National Theatre, and a beautiful hotel that we found out was actually a brothel! Then we went to find a market, got totally...

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Jul 1, 2008 - San Jose

San Jose. a dismal city, im not liking the cities of central america. our guides swopped over today and im glad of it. Dawna, our panamania guide was very cagey over the boarder i thought that it was caution, knowing these places are bad for tourists. no she was pàcking several kilos of weed. im now indirectly accessory to the drugs trade. Humph, not happy at all. went white water rafting yesterday and it was amazing seeing the interior of the rainforest, it pissed down with rain but being wet wasnt an issue, we arrived at our hotel in...

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