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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,...

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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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The Americas

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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Jan 27, 2017 - Caldera, Costa Rica (Port and small town)

0201 Caldera, Costa Rica (Port and small town) We rose early and after breakfast said farewell to the El Mangroove Resort. Our driver, Rafael, loaded the luggage into the Toyota SUV and we began the 4 hour drive to the port of Caldera. We rode along the Pan American Highway which was much like an expressway for some of the trip, but then turned into a two lane twisty road. The trip was more like a bit over three hours and we arrived early to the pier where a lot of commercial shipping was in evidence. Azamara had opened already and we did...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Jan 18-20 Golfito Resort

On the 18th after we had a swim Bob Audrey and I went for a walk to get some beer as the hotel rooms had a little fridge. The girl at the front desk said it was about 500 meters up the road but it was no where near that. It was almost 2 km away. Unfortunately I wore the wrong shoes and by the time I got back I had these huge blisters on the pads on the bottoms of my feet. Well on the up side that means I will have to relax by the pool until we leave on the 20th. And that is what we did.Sit by the pool order food and drinks and relax. It...

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Panama 2016-2017

Jan 20, 2017 - Returning to Panama

We headed back to Panama reversing the process and hoping we got it right... We arrived at the border by cab. We noticed that everyone in the Salida (exit) line had those pieces of paper for declaring where you were going. We were stopped by a gentleman who said we need to pay our exit tax first. We had to cross the street 4 lanes of traffic to pay our exit fee which is 7 dollars plus 1 dollar tax. I took some pictures at the border pretending we were taking pictures of each other. You will see on the Panama side that there are no signs...

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Panama 2016-2017

Jan 18, 2017 - Leaving Panama to get to Costa Rica

Our day started with this huge bug (see pics) on our door step. For the next couple of days we are headed to Costa Rica. Although as a Canadian you can stay in Panama for 180 days you can only legally drive in Panama for 90 days. If Cliff and Yvonne want to continue driving they have to leave the country. Their friends Bob and Audrey (whom we met last year)Barry and I decided to join them. It appears immigration rules change quite often. At this time it appears they need to be out of the country for 3 days so we have reserved a hotel in...

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Panama 2016-2017

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