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La Orquidea Locos (Those Crazy Orchid People in Costa Rica)

A fun and fantastic adventure searching and finding orchids in Costa Rica's central volcanic valley and nearby beaches.

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Trogon that posed for us in the Orchid Garden
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Final farewells were said amongst new friends and off we went, back to our homes, laden with coffee, chocolate and memories of a lifetime.
Phragipedium hedge on path to Orchid Garden at Bosque de Paz
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The way back to San Jose, brought the opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the new friends we made, the new memories we have to cherish. So many more things to share about this wonderful trip …
Strangler fig at Bosque de Paz. One of the many \"Ents\" in the forest.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Our last National Park to visit on this trip. Our last full day of orchid hunting. And you know what they say - save the best for last! A short walk from the hotel to the gates of the Park, its …
The trees ...oh my goodness, the trees!
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
We embark upon another full day; not to be outdone by the day before. We headed south and west leaving the rainbows of Monteverde behind, and traveled into the drier regions within sight of the …
Orchid seedling hiding on a coffee branch.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The next day brought nicer weather and we filled the morning in what was the best orchid garden we had seen so far in Costa Rica. Not only were the owners sticklers for proper identification (they …
Bixa orellena seeds used for lipstick.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
After the exploits of the day before, the day of travel to Monteverde, was welcomed. It was a rainy day - December is at the crossroads between the rainy and dry season so it was a good day to travel …
Marco explaining Caoco beans (that\'s chocolate!)
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
This was the granddaddy of trails we had been training for! Though we probably should have taken to the ski slopes instead of treadmills to train. We arrived and the trail was muddy. Not just a …
A breakfast repast for those Locos.
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Mary Jo Gilsdorf
After an early morning walk through the forest and a sighting of Miltonia powellii in bloom, we embarked for Arenal Volcano and environs. Soon, we would take on the challenge of the Rio Celeste …
Betty modeling the lipstick berry shade: Bixa orellena (achioto or annoti tree)
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Mary Jo Gilsdorf
We had a choice of dates for this trip. March or the end of December/beginning of January. Since March is jammed pack with orchid shows for most of us - of course we picked the holidays! What better …
Its a jungle out there!  Tapanti National Forest trailside.
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Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The next morning, we were off to CATIE Botanical Gardens. Marco, a CATIE guide and a student there greeted us with a flower and fruit snack. CATIE's mission is to protect and develop the many …
Lepanthes sightings at the water's edge.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Early the next morning, the group assembled in the lobby; some of us meeting for the first time. By that evening- we were thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of our first dinner together joyfully …
Robert Dressler with a Sobralia at Lankaster Gardens
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
This trip began as a taunt: ''Well Tom, you are always talking about organizing a trip to Costa Rica and you are always talking about the orchids there. Why don't you just do it?'' And Tom hooked up …

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