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Feb 18, 2018 - Last day in Cahita

Today we hiked down to Tree of Life, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center here in Cahuita. We spent an enjoyable 1 1/2 hours being guided through the center, with its Botanical Gardens and animal enclosures. Our guide was so interesting; telling stories about how each animal came to be there and how they try to get them ready to go back to the wild. So many sad stories of people who buy cute animals as pets, not realizing how long they live and how their behavior changes as they grow... Not that it's a sad story, but I am reminded of...

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Feb 17, 2018 - Cahuita Beach Hike

Today was a hiking day. The weather was beautiful, no appreciable rain while we hiked the Parque Nacional Cahuita, a 4 mile stretch of beach between Cahuita Village and Punta Vargas Ranger Station. We saw one sloth who hid in the leaves, they are very shy, a raccoon and lots of blue butterflies. At the end we caught a bus back and walked to dinner in town. Barb The 8.6 kilometer hike should not have been onerous, but somehow the heat and humidity make me feel like I am pushing my way through layers of warm sticky fluid. The layers of...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Rafting the Pacuare

After getting up at 4 am for our combination boat and car ride from Tortuguera, we arrived at the Pacuare River for a white water rafting adventure. The Pacuare area is beautiful, parts of the Jurassic Park movies were filmed there. The rafting is adventurous, with many Class IV rapids, which was exciting, and at times terrifying Unlike our Grand Canyon rafting trip, we all had to paddle (at times frantically) to keep the raft in the correct position to transit the rapids. I (naturally) had two very close calls with trying to fall out of...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Paddling in Tortuguero, or canoing and creepy crawly things

Barb insists that it is my turn to write, Thanks to her while I took a few days off. We have landed in some otherworldy parallel universe. How did we get here? A driver picked us up at 5:30 am (yes) and we drove to a staging area for several adventure tours. Barb and I are off to Tortuguero National Park with four Germans and two Swiss. This area is accessible only by boat as there are canals parallelling the coast with offshoots to other smaller villages. On the way to our little town we saw cayman and a variety of birds including pelican,...

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Feb 13, 2018 - Tortuguero: into the rainforest

Well, it has happened again... I was just completing what I am sure was a witty and erudite commentary of the day when the computer stopped working and failed to save any of it... GRRRRR!!! Today we left La Fortuna after waking up at 5 am and were dressed, packed and out the door by 5:30 am. Why is it that I have to get up 2 hours before I need to leave the house in the morning when I am working and still feel rushed for time?... We are in Tortuguero, an area at the extreme northeast of the country on the Caribbean sea which is only...

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Nov 20, 2017 - Tortuguero to Arenal

It is still raining this morning but the sky is beginning to brighten over breakfast. Sadly it is time to leave Tortuguero and head to La Fortuna, or Lucky Town, at the base of the Arsenal Volcano. Just before we leave the rain returns and we wave off the group on the boat ride today. How lucky we were with our weather! So, back by boat to the pick up point to transfer to our minibus. It is great to meet up again with our first group but sad to say farewell to our Mantuso Lodge friends. We do think however that our paths will cross again in...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Tortuguero rainforest

Howler monkeys calling, birds screeching and the lap of water is our alarm call. Down to the river to see the magical sunrise, shrimps jumping to catch insects, herons lurking to catch the shrimps and poisonous Puffer Fish in the river. Our first ‘boat safari ‘ on the Tortuguero river and into the canals of the National Park. Wow, it is really hard to convey how amazing it is! Our guide has incredible eyesight spotting just a few of the over 200 species in this rainforest. Costa Rica boasts 920 species of birds, so far! We see...

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Aug 2, 2017 - Bocas del Toro to Puerto Veijo Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

At 8-15 we are board a water taxi for the 30 minute journey back to Admiranti Port. A bus awaits us there and we drive alongside many banana plantations owned by the United Fruit Company who once had market dominance in Central America. The UFCO was an American company, but its tactic to maintain market dominance was to control land use for banana growing. To do this it had to become politically involved and this action termed the phrase 'banana republic'. We also pass by a refuge camp where many Africans are being housed in a tent city....

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Feb 24, 2016 - Day 5

We got up at 5 am. It was dark and the moon was still high in the sky. We were on the canals by 5:30. This area is a bird watcher's paradise. We rode through the Limon Canal of the Tortuguero National Park (311 sq. km coastal park) and off into smaller canals. These canals were created in 1974 to connect a series of lagoons and meandering rivers. The park extends into the Carribean Sea protecting 5200 sq. km of marine habitat. This area is the wettest in the country getting 6000 mm of rain annually. We saw so many different species of birds...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Day 4

We drove north to Tortuguero. We stopped at a small town to have breakfast. We took a bus on paved roads for 3 hours. We could see the Turrialba Volcano in the distance, steaming. It is still active. Costa Rica has about 300 volcanoes. There are cameras placed near them to warn for eruptions. These active volcanoes can spew out boulders at very far distances. The last 1/2 hour of the bus ride was on a very bumpy gravel road where it ended at Pavanol. We boarded a canoe shaped boat and rode for 1 hour on the meandering Tortuguero River to...

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Feb 22, 2016 - Day 3

Well, I turned 60 today! Had a quiet morning sipping coffee in our open air lobby identifying birds that flew in feeding on bananas that the owners placed on a platform. Saw Cherrie's Tanager, clay-coloured Robin (their national bird), wedge-billed wood creeper, Blue-Gray Tanager, flycatcher, Rufous-tailed humming bird and a smooth billed Ani. We ate breakfast at a small local open aired restaurant next to the ocean. We ate their national dish , gallo (beans and rice) with an omelet stuffed with avocados, cheese and tomato while watching...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Day 2

We took a public bus and travelled east to the Caribbean side. We had to go over a mountain range in the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. The road was in good condition but it did zig zag a lot. The mountain went straight up at the sides of the road and were covered with luscious tropical plants. There were small waterfalls at various points. At one point we travelled into a low lying cloud. When we got near the top of the mountain we went through a tunnel: the Zurqui Tunnel. We descended into the foothills of the Cordillera Centra through...

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