I am definately going back there some day soon...
Friday, January 12, 2007
I am definately going back there some day soon...
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Today we went to Manuel Antonio National Park, to begin with it was a beautiful day! The sun was out and was hot out. We had breakfast and headed to the park, when we got there we had to walk a bit to get to the entrance. There was a baby deer by the entrance, we also saw squirrel and white face monkeys, also iguanas and a variety of plants. One of these plants was the Manzanillo, which caught my attention because from where I come from there are lots of them. (Its a poisonous tree by the way)
Well what can I say? Great day there, sand, sun, beach, what else can one ask for?
After we left, like 12 of us went for an ATV tour... from which I can only said I was liking it until I lost control of it and fell off; David had to drive me back to the hotel.
Monday, January 8, 2007
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Sunday, January 7, 2007
Today we left early in the morning after a delicious breakfast at Lavas Tacotal Lodge and checked out. We went for a boat ride around the Arenal Volcano area. Before going on the boat ride, some of the guys went into the Arenal Volcano National Park to look for a GEO cache in the bushes. I stayed on the bus with some other people. For those who don't know what a is, you can log on to the official website http://www.geocaching.com/. When they came back we went for the boat ride, it was raining and for a moment the sun would come out and the rain again. It was a really beautiful view!
Since the weather wasn't helping much, Luz came up with some games...it was FUN we enjoyed Jose doing the “chicken dance”, Wilma dancing and singing around the boat “Too Sexy for my Love” and a some more people just having fun.
When the boat ride was over, we continued our way to Monteverde. After driving on the narrow roads of Costa Rica (which I like to call the Costa Rican roller coaster Ride) we finally got there and checked in to our third hotel Los Cipreses.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
I've to say this was the first time I had experience something like this, I just have no words to describe how good it feels! You have to go and find out for yourself!
Here are some pictures! Enjoy...
Located a few hours north of San Jose, Arenal. We were staying at the Lavas Tacotal Lodge; from there you can see the Arenal Volcano you will likely see nighttime lava flows and smoke rising from nearby.
Personally it was the first time I was that close to a volcano and I was impressed, i thought it was kind of exciting. On the other hand Cinthia my roommate didn't think so!!! She was telling me that she was scared that the volcano could make an big eruption and that it could be dangerous! I just laughed...
Friday, January 5, 2007
January 4, 2007
After the INBioparque we hit the road to The Poas Volcano National Park, located in the province of Alajuela. Sadly we couldn't see it because of the foggy weather. Poás is another of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes, The 2,708 meter stratovolcano lies within two vast calderas. The southernmost of two summit crater lakes, Botos, is cold and clear, and last erupted about 7,500 years ago. The other is warm and acidic and has been the site of frequent eruptions since the first was reported in 1828. Eruptions often feature geyserlike ejections of lake water.
After we travel near three hours on the bus, while driving we were able to appreciate the natural beauty of Costa Rica! On the way to our hotel ( Lavas Tacotal Lodge) our guide surprised us with some unplanned stops at "La Paz Waterfall", "La Fortuna de San Carlos" and "San Fernando Waterfall".
Enjoy the pictures!
Upon reaching its tenth anniversary, INBio decided to consolidate its effort to promote bio-literacy in society and created INBioparque in February of 2000 to teach people about Costa Rica’s biological diversity, its value and the importance of conserving it.
INBioparque is an amazing theme park that offers an interactive experience with Nature. Here you will see groupings of plants and trees from the tropical rainforest, Central Valley forest and species from the dry tropical forest and wetlands. On our campus, which covers an area of more than 5 hectares, visitors can observe many bird species and marvel at the colors of the orchids, heliconias and bromeliads. Around the lagoon you can enjoy the butterfly garden and the aquarium and learn about the Farm and its crops. As you hike along our trails you will get a close look at poisonous frogs, bullet ants, boas, caimans, turtles, iguanas and tarantulas, as well as sloths and other native species. " (Copyright © 2006 INBioparque)
Here are some pictures, Enjoy!
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Well I finished up packing and stayed up talking on the phone, 2:00 AM my alarm clock went off so I took a shower, got dressed and ready to go! Around 3:00 AM I went to pick Cinthia up and my dad drove us to Kean University, we were the first ones there!!!
The shuttle was LATE! yes, late... and honestly I was worried, finally it got there and we were in our way to NY La Guardia Airport, traffic was ok; soon after we were on a plane to Atlanta, GA. Then changed planes, and Costa Rica here we go!!!
Got to San Jose, everything went great. I exchanged some money at the Juan Santamaria Airport and all of a sudden I was rich!!! OMG I got around 48.000 colones for $110, hahaha it just sounded like a lot of money to me. Anyway we met or EF Tour guide Jose Salazar outside, he was waiting with Geovanny (that’s how his name is spell) our awesome bus driver, they took us to the hotel (Gran Hotel Costa Rica)