S: Costa Rica 2012
BC: Alajuela, Poas Volcano, Xandari Resort & Spa, Museo del Oro, Museo de Historia Natural (San Jose), La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Hotel Ramada Herradura, Zoo Ave, Carara National Park, Puntarenas, Rio Puerto Viejo, El Arenal National Park 14 Feb to 9 Mar 2012
FC: Costa Rica 2012
1: It is beautiful here. I like the tropical food: bananas, mangoes, papaya juice and fish. (Rafa's travel log)
2: Waterfall Gardens
3: Rafa: Oma, I think you were really brave, when you were holding the Tucan. I was impressed when finally you trusted your heart, and held it.
4: ... walk through aviaries, butterfly pavilion and breading ground, snake watching, wild cats, poison frogs, and 7 beautifully cascading waterfalls, coatis... and a crazy bus!
5: Thank you for coming everywhere with us, Oma! Thank you for being a great travel companion, Helga!
6: There are true and fake Coral Snakes... ?!
7: We rode a crazy bus. We saw 5 white nosed coatis. (Rafa's travel log)
8: Xandari Resort & Spa
11: Rachmaninov, Chopin, casado de pescado o de verduras, views of Base2 and the Central Valley, orgnic (mandala) grown food, plantanes, favorite juice: tica mama and pineapple, bird watching at 6am, turkey vultures (20+ species), massage... its a beautiful place! (Rafa and Rainer)
12: I played ship sinking with my Oma. (Rafa's travel log)
13: Coffee Plantation We had a guide called Dayana. She said I could rake the coffee. I did it. It was fun. (Rafa's travel log)
14: Ramada Herradura Hotel We loved the pool, orchid garden, and joint lunches at b-Note Cafe. The kids would stick in their heads during flight planning, or I'd take a break for a plunge. Rafa swam to the Island... the pool was crucial to make family life work... good times! (Rainer)
16: San Jose | Helga, Rafa, Joana and I took the bus to San Jose a couple of times. We visited very interesting museums about native people. (Meni) | Women wear tight clothes, and show skin... (said Rafa to his teacher, pushing forward his chest, hands across the chest, pulling back his shoulders)
20: Carara National Park
21: I saw two Scarlet Macaws in a hole in a tree. They were caring for their eggs. I saw either the Snowy Egret or the Great Egret. We were at a bridge. We saw 33 crocodiles. They were huge. (Rafa's travel log)
22: Puntarenas | I got stung by a Sting Ray. I went to the hospital in a car in Costa Rica. The doctor gave me two shots. It hurt, but in the hospital I did not cry. It was super quick. (Rafa's travel log) | NOAA Research Vessel Ka'imimoana
24: Floating Rio Puerto Viejo | We were on a river boat trip. There was a type of piranha in the water. They were not dangerous. They eat fruit. I was in the water. We saw a Black Vulture really close. It was fun! (Rafa's travel log)
26: Hanging bridges, El Arenal
27: Mot Mot
28: ... strangled fig trees, epiphytes, tarantula holes, leaf cutting ants, ribbit ribbit (frogs), stilt palms, howler monkeys, motmot, eyelash pit viper, hummingbird nest, great green macaw, butterflies, 90% (?) of rain never makes it to the ground...
32: Ecoglide Zip Line La Fortuna | I went zip lining through the canopy of the forest. It rained, we went extra fast. (Rafa's travel log)
33: Don't be sad, Oma. We will be planning the next trip soon!