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Colin Explores Costa Rica
Rafting the Pacuare
I've dreamed of visiting Costa Rica for several years now, and that dream was finally realized when I made it there on an Adventure Life Journey. The trip from Missoula, Montana to San Jose, Costa Rica is a long one...
Hotel Le Bergerac
I've dreamed of visiting Costa Rica for several years now, and that dream was finally realized when I made it there on an Adventure Life Journey. The trip from Missoula, Montana to San Jose, Costa Rica is a long one, so I decided to overnight in Miami on the way down. I found my Taca Airlines flight from Miami to San Jose to be quite comfortable, …
Rainforest Treasures at Selva Bananito
The second day of the trip started bright and early when I was picked up for my two-day raft trip along the famous Pacuare River. The river would live up to all of my expectations - and more! I was blessed by being able to spend this time with a great group of friendly and fun people from several different places including California, Florida, El …
Selva Bananito - Sustainable Tourism at its Best
Selva Bananito is a great example of sustainable and responsible tourism at its best. Construction of the lodge began in 1994, after the Stein family declared most of their farm (two-thirds, or 2,000 acres) a private biological reserve. Decades before, much of the native tropical hardwood had been stripped from the land by banana exporters. When …
Waterfall Rappeling, Tree Climbing, Horseback Riding...
My days at Selva Bananito were filled with wonderful activities. Victor led us on a natural history tour the first morning, which was both a fun and educational introduction to the area. I relaxed in my hammock that afternoon and enjoyed the soothing rains. During my visit to Selva Bananito I also experienced sunrise birding, tree climbing, …
Out of the Jungle
After lunch on my fourth day at the lodge, Victor took me back to Bananito Town. This time we were in a bit of a hurry, so we made the trip in just over 20 minutes - what a rush!
To the Coast: Cariblue at Playa Cocles
Next, I journeyed back out to the coast and down to Cariblue Resort at Playa Cocles. Here I was kindly greeted by Richie and immediately given a cold tropical drink. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay at Cariblue for one night, but I could certainly see myself spending more time there during a future trip - with bikes for rent, horseback …
In Search of Volcanic Views
Day seven of my tour began with a sunrise bike ride on the road from Playa Cocles to Puerto Viejo - very nice. After a plentiful tropical breakfast at Cariblue I took a minibus transfer bound for the Arenal Observatory Lodge. My view of the erupting volcano from AOL's Smithsonian Block would have been spectacular if it weren't cloaked in dense …
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Return to San Jose
In the morning we journeyed north to the CaÃ±o Negro Wildlife Refuge, near the Nicaraguan border and the town of Los Chiles. This day proved to be one of the most exciting and fulfilling of the trip, especially since I had no idea what to expect. The day's boat tour on the Rio Frio was chock full of wildlife viewing. We saw capuchin …
Flight to Missoula
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