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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 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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Dec 28, 2015 - Canopy in the Cloud Forest

Monday was a full day in Monteverde. We started with breakfast at the hotel and then were picked up to head to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Here, we had a guided tour through the beautiful cloud forest. This reserve is smaller and less well-known than the Monteverde Cloud Forest, but full of diverse wildlife nonetheless. True to its name, there were dense clouds hanging in the canopy and visibility was poor. But the lush forest was absolutely beautiful. Having slightly less rainfall than the true rainforests on the Caribbean side...

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Dec 27, 2015 - El Trapiche

Sunday morning, we were heading to Monteverde. We had breakfast at the Rain Forest Café again and asked them to make a “teddy bear” in the café con leche. I don’t know if the foam made a difference, but it seemed to taste better! Sandy couldn’t find Bert again this morning, though. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and got picked up to head to Lake Arenal. At the dam, near where we had paddleboarded the day before, we boarded a boat to cruise across the lake. It was very cloudy again, so we couldn’t see the volcano, but the...

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May 8, 2015 - Monteverde, Costa Rica

this morning up for some breakfast at the hotel before heading off to do bridge walk t the Selvatura park, At the hotel the sun is shining but there is a mist in the air but by the time I got to the park it is cloudy and more mist. I head out for the walk not a lot of people there so was able to just slowly walk along the trail it is about 3km round trip, with 8 hanging bridges. I walked almost to the end then turned around and went back to bridge 4 for some better pictures as the mist had cleared a little bit. After completing the walk had...

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May 7, 2015 - today we leave Nicaragua and go to Costa Rico

After a early breakfast we load up our luggage and make a early start leaving the hotel at 7:00AM and head for the ferry landing, it is just a short ride about 10 minutes get on the ferry and head for the mainland, when we get there we load into 5 waiting taxi's and make a dash for the border which is about 40km away. We pay our 3.00 dollars USD exit fee get our passports stamped we are out of Nicaragua, then off for the short walk to the Costa Rica border. We get there and there is no line so where able to get our passports stamp and into...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

When we left you it was shortly before Saturday 31st May when we had the earliest start of the trip so far. We left the hotel at 5.45am to catch the early ferry back to the Honduran mainland. The ferry crossing was very smooth and everyone was very grateful. On disembarking we drove to a local Wendy's fast food restaurant and ordered some breakfast which consisted of fried brown food that came with overcooked eggs. This unfortunately sat in our stomachs for most of the day. The rest of the day was in the coach as we headed to a town called...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Ziplining in Monteverde Rainforest

I have been trying to get back to this post. I had written about it but the Internet connection crashed and deleted it. Monteverde had several adventure options. Our entire group decided to go ziplining. I am glad that I tried it at Boyne Mountain before because it wasn't as intimidating this time. The lines were amazing as they traveled the top the the forest. We were able to hook up on 2 lines from our back so we were looking down at the terrain instead of sitting up. They call it the superman. I had a hawk flying next to me when I was...

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Nov 30, 2013 - Rain, Rain, Go Away!

So much to catch up with on here! First of all, today we saw our first bit of sunshine, as it has been raining since we arrived. Everything in my pack is soaked and it is so humid it isn't able to dry out. I have had a wet towel for 3 full days. We reached a new area today that is very windy (rain too) and hopefully that will help. There is a bit of diversity in the group of 10 adventurers. Several from Canada, 1 Britian, Sweedish, Austrailian, and Indian. Our guide is a native Costa Rican, but speaks great English. i am the only American....

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