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Mar 3, 2018 - At Sea - Ship Tour

At Sea - Ship Tour March 3 On our way to the Panama Canal, we spent a day at sea and went on a three hour tour of our ship “behind the scenes.” We started with the provisions. It reminded us of the lockers of a large grocery store warehouse with frozen meats and fish; vegetables; drinks; rice; potatoes; and every kind of goodie you get to eat while on board. The ship has a wonderful policy of recycling and keeping the seas clean. We met the ecology manager and toured the facilities. The engine control center revealed how the propulsion is...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - A Walk In The Clouds

Puntarenas, Costa Rica March 2 Tom braved the hike in the cloud forest hoping to see and photograph the Resplendent Quetzal. However the zip line noise frightened the birds away from the area. He did manage to capture humming birds and butterflies. The trail led down into a ravine with a flowing river which was crossed by suspension bridges that swayed as the climbers walked across. There was a lunch at the end of the climb back up from the gully.

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Jan 21, 2018 - Sea day

Sun jan 21 Sea day today. I went to the gym first thing this morning. Weather was hot and humid. It was windy though so not too bad. We attended a lecture about the Panama Canal and our upcoming experience. Tom, the lecturer, was from Batavia, NY. Jim watched some of the football playoffs. No large screen on Lido deck on this boat though. Tonight is elegant night, which means dress up a bit. Since Jim was watching football, I went to dinner by myself. I sat with the people from Texas again as well as a couple from Bakersfield, CA and had...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Punteranus, Costa Rica

Sat jan 20 Today, we were in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and did the Bus, train, and boat tour. It was a nice, modern, bus, and we had a good tour guide, Norman. We then rode on a refurbished train from the 1800s. It was a nice ride, with kids waving at us when we went by their homes. We went by lots and lots of watermelon farms. A lot of the people live in poverty. Minimum wage is $2 per hour. The train went through a very, very narrow tunnel. After that we went on a boat tour through Crocodile Safari. We saw lots of crocodiles and birds. Costa...

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Nov 29, 2017 - Cloud Forests and Sloths

Leaving the beach behind, we headed up into the hills to visit the could forest of Monteverde. We stayed at a lovely cabana in the forest. The family who owned and ran lodge were really friendly and had plenty of advice for things to do. First night we went on a jungle night walk. We saw a fair bit of wildlife, including a massive red kneed tarantula, 2 side striped palm pitvipers, a juvenile boa constrictor, a few different birds and insects, a lingo, and our first sloth! Very good. Next day we went walking round Saint Elena Cloud Forest...

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Nov 27, 2017 - Return to San Jose

Well, our hope of the rain stopping was false. No sun to greet us today! The rain increased during the evening as we drank delicious Guarno Sours with two ladies from our original party. Supper in the bar seemed the way to go too so we spent the evening reminiscing about our trip. It was a lovely and interesting group to have shared such incredible experiences with. Costa Rica is a unique country having the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the varied topography and thus many micro-climates, and the indigenous variety of the peoples....

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Nov 26, 2017 - Manuel Antonio National Park

What a beautiful start to the day! Blue skies and 30 deg forecast! At 6.30 a.m. we walk through the hotel’s trail in time to see a troop of White-faced Capuchin monkeys breakfasting on the buds and flowers of the Morning Glory that is creeping everywhere. Seems like a good day to go to the National Park. Interesting that the locals, quite rightly, are charged less ... but more than 5 times the cost for Etrangeros seems a bit greedy. We are incredibly lucky to see so much wildlife but it is hard work walking up and down the trails in 95%...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Madness in Manuel Antonio

Hard to beat having breakfast overlooking the ocean before taking a courtesy bus to check out the beach near the National Park. We choose to be dropped off back in San Antonio as there are only beach cafes & shops at ‘the village’ as it is known. San Antonio is not so much a town as a ribbon development along the coastal road. However, we do find what we are looking for in a local company that does Zip Wire experiences - a Zip Wire Roller Coaster to be precise! Lots of tours do a half day and throw in other experiences at silly prices, and...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

A beautiful double rainbow, due to the sun shining through the cloud forest mist, sends us on our way from Monteverde as we set off to Manuel Antonio and the Pacific Ocean. Our stay here has been absolutely wonderful. We are a full contingent but know that we are due to separate at lunchtime. 6 of us to Manuel Antonio and the others going back to San Jose before departing for the UK tomorrow. As we leave the area it is impossible not to notice the many mudslides which actually closed the road to Monteverde. Incredibly the road was cleared...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Day & Night Cloud Forests

It is interesting as we have travelled around that we have recognised faces from previous hotels or trips. At breakfast yesterday the Spanish couple that we met in Tortuguero strolled in. It was if we were old friends! And a lovely surprise. The Belmar Hotel has a Swiss chalet look with all the balconys facing out across the rainforest and cloud forest. Which reminds me that we passed another hotel with its own separate chapel even more in the Swiss style, as the Swiss owner settled here many years ago. We also passed a sign for a German...

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Aug 4, 2017 - Monteverde

A bit of a 'shit' day today and I will explain more later. We leave our Hotel at 8am to spend the day at Selvatura which is a rain forest and adventure park. First thing we do is walk through the rain forest looking for animals and birds but especially looking for the quetzal bird which can be seen in this area. It does start to rain. Unfortunately, Phil took my raincoat out of the back pack this morning as he assured me it wouldn't rain, so now I get wet. During the walk we see some baby frogs. They are so cute and tiny, only about 1 cm...

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Aug 3, 2017 - La Fortuna to Monteverde

Before we leave this area we drive up to the National Park to hike for 3 hours to the base of the active Arenal volcano. We walk through two types of rain forest. The first rain forest is dry and not very dense. The second rain forest is much denser and very damp underfoot. We look out for birds and animals but this is a well trodden path with lots of people so no wildlife to see. We finally get to the base where we can get a good view of this volcano, except for the top which stays shrouded in cloud. We can see the lava flows down the...

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