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  • Monteverde, Costa Rica Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Inside a Ficus Tree - Montever Inside a Ficus Tree - Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Cerro Plano, Monteverde Cerro Plano, Monteverde

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  • Sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya Sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica

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  • Monteverde cloud forest, Costa Monteverde cloud forest, Costa Rica - Ficus Tree

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  • Monteverde, Costa Rica Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Santa Elena, Monteverde Santa Elena, Monteverde

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  • Resting our horses in Montever Resting our horses in Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Cloud forest - Monteverde, Cos Cloud forest - Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Monteverde Cloud Forest

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      Various areas of Costa Rica February 2013.
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  • Zip line Monteverde Zip line Monteverde

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      Various areas of Costa Rica February 2013.
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  • View from Monteverde View from Monteverde

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      Various areas of Costa Rica February 2013.
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  • Sign in Costa Rica Sign in Costa Rica

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      This sign is in Monteverde, Costa Rica and it indicates the location of the Quaker Friends Meeting/school there. This small community, and its now famous nature preserve, was founded in the 1950's by Alabama Quakers who were resisting the draft. Costa Rica does not have a military force. 

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  • Monteverde, Costa Rica Monteverde, Costa Rica

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  • Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Ant Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

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      The whole trip was the trip of a lifetime. We have put off going to CR only because we only get 1 week of vacation at a time....but I finally said lets just do it.....and I am glad we did. We used Costa Rica Expeditions to help plan the trip after lots of research. I finally looked at them because others had posted that their guides were great, and what I was looking for in this trip was to be able to see and experience all the wildlife CR had to offer. They were excellent and I have posted a separate post on how awesome this company was so I won't go into it here. We talked with other travellers throughout our trip, and I know, noone travelling with other groups had the experiences we did.......Of course we were fortunate that the weather was unusually good We travelled the endo of April 2010..

      We flew into SJ, rented a car and traveled first to Arenal. We stopped in Sarchi on the way for lunch. We stopped at the factoria and had lunch next door which was a buffet at 12$ per person including drinks and the food was quite good. They had all the ox carts around and beautifully painted there as well as a tropical garden. While Arenal is only about 69 miles from the airport it took us about 4 hours to get there (minus the time for lunch) but that was due to traffic, poor road conditions in some areas and stopping for photo opportunities(which were many. Somewhere around the 3rd hour of driving the Arenal Volcano came into view in the distance. First View of Arenal VolcanoWe pretty much drove around the volcano to the more active A Room with a Viewside where we would be staying. So, I had read that if you can see the volcano, stop and take a picture as you never know with the clouds if you will see it again. So of course we ended up stopping multiple times along the way. We were fortunate that for the whole time(3 days) in this are we had clear views of the volcano. In Arenal we stayed in a fantastic room(10A) at the Arenal Observatory Lodge with views of the volcano from our bed at night! It was a simple room, but we couldn't have been happier. It was breathtaking to watch the volcano at night with lava coming down the side and hearing the hissing all night long! The rustic ambiance of the Lodge is great. And by my research of other posts etc that this is the safest place to stay in the area. The grounds at the lodge were a destination in itself. We hiked to a waterfall. There is also a pool. Much wildlife to see....many birds, hummingbirds etc. The sunsets from the large deck overlooking Lake Arenal were fantastic and not to be missed, even if you don't stay here. Definately worth the drive for the view of the volcano and lake. Lake Arenal at Sunset2 Highlights for us in this area was the Safari Float down the Penas Blancas River(we saw so much wildlife and our guide Jaime was exceptional) and the Hanging Bridges(we did a group tour for this and Diego was our guide....he did an awesome job). We chose to do the hanging bridges with a guide instead of zip lining because simply, we were more interested in seeing the wildlife than zipping past it. We were very happy with it. On the safari float we saw monkeys(howlers), 3 toed sloths,(including a mom with a baby on her belly) crocodiles, long nose bats, so many types of birds including 3 different types of kingfishers, montezuma oropendolas with their hanging nests and, the "Jesus Christ Lizard", We stopped at the farm of Don Pedro(rustic, no electricity) where we had a snack of tostones cooked by his daughters(he is in his 90's and is quite charming) We were impressed with the simpleness of his life and his longevity! We had a lovely break talking with his daughters and comparing soup recipes. Their recipe for beef and vegetable soup sounded so delicious. We also found Don Pedrothe food at the AOL was better than others have posted. The Breakfast was exceptional. The dinner was also good, although for some it may be a bit pricey(I live in the north east so the prices were similar to home). It was worth the price, to be able to relax and enjoy the area and not to have to drive into town. We also went to the hot springs,(we went to a smaller family run place(we didn't want the big crowds at the more famous place and while fun, this was not my favorite thing although the dinner there was great.Volcano at Sunrise

       

      On the Road to MonteverdeWe then travelled to Monteverde. Yes, the road is bumpy as they say, but we had good weather, so no mud to be found. Glad we had a 4wd vehicle though. We saw a brown pecary on the side of the road on the way. My advice is to stock up on provisions(soda, water etc) before hand or in Nueva Arenal as after that there is not much else until you get to Monteverde. Driving by the scattered farms on the dirt road you really truely feel you are out in the middle of nowhere. Look out for the milk cans if you are driving early in the day, lined up at the side of the road they are waiting for the milk truck to take the milk to the cheese factory in Monteverde(which by the way does a great tour with tasting 2x day) We stayed at the Monteverde Lodge. Again a great choice! Beautiful room with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the jungle. But, we spent little time in the room. The lobby is rustic chic a great area to sit and have an evening cocktail. Here we did a night walk with Carlos from the lodge(never thought I would be so interested in what comes out at night). It was amazing that in the darkness he could spot all these creatures! We got to see multiple taranchulas(no flash please), sleeping blue morph butterflys,Blue Morph Butterfly at Night porcupine, agouti, emerald toucanette, Motmot, giant ant hills and multiple other birds. The highlight though of this area was our trip to the cloud forest. Our guide Samuel was again exceptional. We booked a group tour, and lucked out in that we got a private tour! From the moment we stepped into the preserve....we were amazed by his ability to spot and track down some of the most incredible wildlife. We got to see not one but a whole flock of Resplendid Quetzalresplendid Quetzals! Males, females, juviniles. 3 wddle bell bird, Green toucanetts feeding their babies it was just unbelievable. We saw I think at least 10 different types of humming birds in the hummingbird garden. Using the skills he taught us to identify the birds, we returned later to the forest and again were able to track down the quetzals on our own! The Wildlife we saw was amazing(and I know we would have not seen half of what we did if it was not for the fantastic guides), One of the most wonderful things about the guides we had was they were truely just as excited as we were when we spotted something! Their love for their job was evident. The food at the Monteverde lodge was good. It was included in our stay, and was for the most part convienent because after our very active days, it was a relief to come "home" to a good meal rather then walking into town(although Santa Elena is not far perhaps a 15 min walk). We saw 2 toed sloths and all different types of butterflies right there on site. We also did a horseback sunset tour, which was ok, but it was a very large group of about 20 or so, so less opportunity to see wildlife as we were towards the back of the group. The sunset view was great.

       

      We then travelled to Manuel Antonio (watch carefully the posted speed limits as the speed changes quickly and there are police speed traps set up right where they do) and stayed in a lovely hotel near the park, yet close enough to walk to the beach Playa Espadilla. Again, Pricillas at CRE suggestion was perfect as we wanted to be close to the park. They had beautiful grounds. They also have a trail in the back, that while not well kept was quite challenging in the 100 degree 100% humidity weather we had there. The walk in the MA park, we did not use a guide, but there were guides everywhere with other groups, just watch where they are looking, and you will see the same thing once they leave. I finally got a picture of a blue morph butterfly in flight(once they rest and close their wings all you see is brown), lots of sloths and capuchine monkeys here(watch your stuff, as I was taking a pic of one another came up behind me and almost got my hat off my head!). Loved sitting at Marlins at happy hour for a drink. Every evening at about 4p on the road back from the hotel to the beach the spider monkeys would be out playing in the trees! There are also swarms of wild parakeets down on the beach just before sunset. We spent one day hanging at the beach right in Playa Espadilla(got a chair with 2 umbrellas for $6) Definately bargain as we had quotes at first as high as 20$. Sunset from Ronnys place was great. They are now setting up road blocks and checks for drinking and driving so make sure you have a DD or just take a cab. We losMore Fun than a Family of Monkeyst power here one night and sat in the pool to cool off for a few hours until the power came back on. Capuchine MonkeySloth

       

      One highlight on our way back to the airport we stopped at a local "soda" for lunch located just across from Zoo Ave (an aviary zoo) called Mariels. Local families were here all eating the "Olla de Carne' soup(the same one Don Pedros daughters described). So of course that's what I got. It was huge! More than enough for 2-3 people(although my husband wanted something else). It was quite good, lots of potoato, meat, root vegetables.cabbage, orange squash great broth. A perfect last meal in a great country, eating with the locals.

       

       

       

      Due to CRE we had awesome vacation.....my husband who is easily bored was not bored one minute(even though 2 of our hotels did not have TV).....we can wait to go back, and you know CRE will be the first people I contactOxcart

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  • Resplendid Quetzal Resplendid Quetzal

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      The prize site of the Monteverde Cloud Forest
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  • On the Road to Monteverde On the Road to Monteverde

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      This was the start of our trip from Arenal to Monteverde, guess they didn't read the sign about the speed limit:)
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  • Costa Rica (June) Costa Rica (June)

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      The hanging bridges in Monteverde.  We hiked through the cloud forest first thing in the morning and it looked just like it did during the dry season in January.  As soon as we finished the zip lining part the clouds rolled in an the sky opened up.  So we put on our rain gear and went back out.  It was very cool to see the fog and clouds this time.

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  • Suspension bridge in the cloud Suspension bridge in the cloud forest

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      Canopy suspension bridge in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica - so long, I couldn't see the other end.

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  • Monteverde, Costa Rica Monteverde, Costa Rica

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