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Costa Rica Here I Come!

I couldn't wait to get to Costa Rica again. It has been six years since I spent a month there for school, and I was eager to see if I felt the same love for the country that I had that first time.

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Waterfall at Selva Bananito
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Julia Kocubinski
We had a 5:15 AM pickup today to get us to the airport three hours before our flight. It seemed a bit extreme to be at the airport three hours before our flight, but after we were in line for about …
Heleconia gardens at Selva Bananito
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Julia Kocubinski
We were able to sleep in a bit today, and had a late breakfast at the lodge. The rest of the guests had checked out or headed out for the day, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We didn't …
Rafting
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Julia Kocubinski
We had a pickup today around 6:00 AM for our transfer to the rafting station. We picked up a bunch of others around Puerto Viejo, and headed off towards the river. After a quick breakfast of eggs, …
River near Arenal
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Julia Kocubinski
Today, we decided we were going to rent bikes so we could get around a bit easier, and not have to pay for taxis each time we went to town. It was the prettiest morning since we have gotten to the …
Beautiful Costa Rican landscape
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke up to the rain, still falling from the night before, so we relaxed, had breakfast, and decided to just go for a walk after the rain stopped. We walked away from Puerto Viejo, towards Panama, …
Beach at Puerto Viejo
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning, I woke up before dawn, and was feeling pretty tired and worn out. On our way to the main lodge, I looked up and saw a beautiful orange Julia butterfly flutter by, and I knew it was …
Hiking at Arenal Volcano
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning, we woke up and had breakfast in the main lodge, and set out with Justo, our guide, and Jonathan, his assistant. We walked along the Bananito River, crossing it repeatedly, sometimes …
Cariblue Hotel
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Julia Kocubinski
We had to get up extremely early again today, for our 5:30 pickup and transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge in the south-east part of Costa Rica. (The group transfers were a great way to go, but …
Zipline in Arenal
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke this morning, and had a wonderful breakfast of eggs, gallo pinto (beans and rice), bacon, fruit, coffee, and juice. We went to the reception to arrange an afternoon canopy tour at the Arenal …
Arenal Volcano
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke around 6:30 AM today to get ready and have a delicious breakfast in the hotel before heading off to Arenal for the next couple days. We were on a transfer with another couple and two women …
Riding a bike on the beach in Puerto Viejo
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Julia Kocubinski
I woke up this morning at 3:30 to catch our 6 AM flight out of Missoula, Montana. My dad was kind enough to stay the night in Missoula and wake up around 4:30 to take my friend Shawn and me to the …

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