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S: COSTA RICA Dec 28 '11 - Jan 6 '12

BC: PURA VIDA

FC: COSTA RICA Welcome to the rich coast, friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty. See exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rain forests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. PURA VIDA | Vacation with Karen, Cindy and Connie, escorted by Caravan

1: SAN JOSE | Enjoyed a drive through famous coffee growing region. Visit Poas Volcano. Poas Volcano is one of the world's largest geysers with an awesome crater, over 1.5 km wide | The weather did not cooperate. We just saw glimpses of the crater | Under the umbrella plant | DECEMBER 29 | Most visited park in Costa Rica | Half mile walk to see the crater | Sulfurous gases

2: WHAT WE SAW | WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN | POAS VOLCANO

3: Flora along the trail

4: BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SIDE | Yellow River

5: ROADSIDE SCENERIES TO THE COFFEE PLANTATION

6: We had a local dance show before lunch | Our guide, Rolando and bus driver, Juan Carlos. They call themselves TICOS

7: Vi | Visited Cafe Brit, a coffee plantation nestled in Barva de Heredia, on the slopes of the extinct Barva Volcano

8: Enjoyed a scenic morning drive through Braulio Carillo Park. Visited a butterfly garden | DECEMBER #30 | Beautiful varieties of flora

10: Saw banana, papaya, pineapple, coffee and sugar cane plantations and also mango and coconut groves | Bad harvest | Mode of transport | Papayas | Plantains

11: "Living Fence | Pineapple | Organic Pineapple | Coconut

12: Cruised through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero National Park.

13: The Village | Back view from our room | No AC, no TV or phone

14: The Carribean | Black sand

15: It was my first time to see multi-colored tree frogs and a 2 and 3-toed sloths

16: RIVER and CANAL CRUISES SAW TONS OF WILD LIFE | DECEMBER 31 | BIRDS !!! | Snake Bird | Roseatte spoon bills | Great Kiskadee | Blue Heron | Boat billed heron | Great Egret | Toucan | Snowy Egret

17: BIRDS | The Park is home to 300 species of birds | Anhinga | Northern Jacana | Wimbrel | Tricolored Heron

18: LIZARDS, CAIMANS, IGUANAS and REPTILES | Jesus Christ Lizard | Male iguana | Female iguana

20: White-faced capuchin monkeys | Squirrel monkeys | Blondy" | MONKEYS | Howler monkeys

21: BATS ! | Lipstick tree

23: JANUARY 1 | Drove through scenic countryside to the San Carlos valley on the way to Fortuna | Ficus tree roots | Swiss town

24: Had a Rainbow Forest Fashion Show during lunch | KAPOK TREE

25: Our accommodations | Beautiful landscape | Recycle Bins

26: Cruised on the Rio Frio which runs through the world famous Cano Negro wildlife refuge | JANUARY 2 | ARENAL VOLCANO, most active volcano | Typical lunch of rice and beans

28: I named him COUGAR. He followed us all along the river | Had a short stop at the shore of Nicaragua | IGUANA TREE

29: 25 swimming pools with temperature of 32 - 67 degrees C | I went down that right slide and almost broke my back | Don't I look skinny?

30: JANUARY 3 | Had an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the rainforest at the Hanging Bridges, rated one of Costa Rica's top tourist attractions | It was POURING rain all the time we were there | Wafflle stones we had to walk on

31: Yellow snake

33: Had a massage after a long day on the road

34: JANUARY 4 | ZIP LINING | FIRST - They hook you up with your gear SECOND - They ask you to jump to attach you to the line THIRD - You climb to the platform (we had 8 platforms)

35: ...and AWAY you go | If you don't make it all the way to the next platform, you have to pull yourself in | You can go head up or go upside down | Karen and I and guide went as a 3-some at the last station | Karen and I survived. Connie had to quit half-way since she got dizzy

36: INFINITY POOL

38: JANUARY 5 | BACK TO SAN JOSE | Pedestrian Street

39: FAREWELL DINNER | PURA VIDA, COSTA RICA | Show before dinner

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