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Costa Rica through the Mist

Costa Rica was a country of beauty and adventure and surprises.

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Chlorophonia--Monteverde
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Janet Gordon
We were happy for an uneventful trip back home to the Pacific Northwest with many wonderful memories to carry with us. This was my second trip with Adventure Life. I hope I can plan my next one …
Anhinga
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Janet Gordon
The last full day of a journey such as this is always bittersweet. There are the memories already acquired, the last chance to savor the area and the realization that it is almost over but also the …
At La Paz Waterfall Garden
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Janet Gordon
Our destination today was Cano Island, a 29-mile boat ride offshore. This island is known for its mysterious round boulders, carved by an indigenous people apparently as burial markers. It is …
At La Paz Waterfall Garden
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Janet Gordon
A leisurely start to this day with coffee on the veranda looking at the Pacific across the grounds of La Cusinga. Our weather was mostly warm and dry. After breakfast there was a nature walk …
A butterfly at La Paz Waterfall Garden
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Janet Gordon
This was our day for white-water rafting. We were upgraded from the Naranjo to a longer trip on the Savegre River because of water levels. Just the trip to the start was interesting. We rode in a …
White-faced monkey--Tortuguero
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Janet Gordon
This was mostly a travel day. It was a 5 hour drive to our next destination, Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific coast. Along a rocky dirt road we continued to have views all the way to the Gulf of …
Eyelash palm pit viper
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Janet Gordon
Zip lines have become popular in a lot of places but our zip line tour here was special. It was a fun way to experience the cloud forest canopy. In addition to about a dozen zip lines there also was …
Oropendola
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Janet Gordon
Before leaving Arenal Lodge we got a good look at their resident mascot, a wild oncilla. This is a wild cat that looks like a small leopard. It was an orphan and spent the first part of its life …
Coati
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Janet Gordon
Our umbrellas got a lot of use this morning but the rain didn't stop us. After watching colorful birds and the resident coati during breakfast our hike took us to views of some of the lava flows …
Tiger heron
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Janet Gordon
A sunny morning greeted us along with our guide, Mario. Our first stop was at a coffee plantation where we learned about one of Costa Rica's most important exports and began to become coffee snobs …
Tortuguero canals
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Janet Gordon
During the night the sound of a heavy downpour persisted. I naively thought "Great! It can't rain this hard for too many hours without a break, so it will be done by morning." O Contrare …
kayak Tortuguero
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Janet Gordon
Another early day with the 5:30 AM start to the boat tour back in the canals. A warm dry morning along the tannin-stained waters gave a chance to see the birds and animals up close. I began a list …
Banana zip line
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Janet Gordon
We were still checking in to Hotel Bergerac at 3 AM (bothering a light sleeper on the second floor who got dressed to come down and inform us that it was late) but at least didn't have to get up …
Sloth
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Janet Gordon
The airplane day is never interesting if things go according to plan ("We and our luggage arrived on time")! It didn't. Thanks to San Jose being fogged in we diverted to Panama so we …

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