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Discovery and wonder in Costa Rica

I went on a Costa Rica Quest with my family and thought I was just in for a nice vacation. Instead, I was surprised to rediscover - with my kids - the pure joy and wonder of exploration and adventure.

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Author
Graham Gillen
Was it watching the turtles and the miracle of life in the jungle? Was it the rush of adrenaline while shooting the rapids on the Reventazon? Or the surreal view of sleeping in the shadow of an …
Checking out a giant Rhinoceros Beetle in Costa Rica
Author
Graham Gillen
What is it like to fly? I have felt some sense of that in free-fall sky diving, as well as parasailing. But they go so fast it's over before you know it. But we found the next best thing: …
Author
Graham Gillen
There are three or four hummingbirds in the garden outside my window. Am I dreaming? Is this paradise? After a long drive from the river after rafting, we arrived in Arenal, near the volcano as …
Author
Graham Gillen
On the day we were to raft the wild "Florida" section of theh Reventazon river, we met another Tico (Costa Rican) who was quite an interesting and fun character - our river guide, …
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Graham Gillen
That morning my travel alarm woke us early. It sounded strangely like a howler monkey. Wait, it WAS a howler monkey. It was time to pack our bags and make the return journey to more populous areas …
Blue Morpho
Author
Graham Gillen
Our second day in Tortuguero started and ended in darkness. We woke early for an early morning canal tour when the wildlife is more active. This was no zoo exhibit and there are no guarantees of …
Author
Graham Gillen
Our night was short and we woke early for a 620 am trip to Tortuguero. On the map it seemed *quite* remote and half the journey would be by boat. Our guide was Kenneth (I kick myself for not asking …
Author
Graham Gillen
Our sedan service picked us up at 8am to take us to the airport in Washington, DC. Our driver was from Morocco (Yaseen) and we enjoyed conversing about travel and soccer. We both agreed Americans …

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