Crossing a suspension bridge while hiking Sarapiqui. (Monika Sundem)
Our first set travel day started in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. After a windy road drive through mountains and past waterfalls on the side of the road, we arrive to flatter ground. First we stopped off at the Tirimbina Reserve to go for a chocolate tour and to cross the longest suspension bridge in Costa Rica. After walking along the trails, we arrived to the old cacau plantation area where we learned about how the seeds are processed to create the necessary cocoa ingredient in chocolate. Along the way, we spotted a blue morpho butterfly, a toucan flying by the Sarapiqui River, and a sloth sleeping in the canopy no more than one meter away from us on the bridge. Afterwards, we headed to our hotel for the evening. While the rooms are very beautiful, yet rustic, the whole area smells of strong humidity, something it seems that cannot be escaped when in the rainforest!
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