Costa Rica is beautiful and has the most! beautiful birds and a ton of wildlife. There are only about 5 million Costa Ricans (or Ticos, as they call themselves) and they are outnumbered by the birds, lizards, small mammals, and other animals. At the time of year we were there, it was also hot and sauna-humid every day (and night).
Bad things about the trip: Linda was sick most of the first week. She got a virus the week before and was still feverish and ill. Even when she was able to leave her room she didn't have much get up and go. It was sad...of all of us, she'd been most excited about the trip.
Neither of my nieces can sit still long enough at the breakfast/lunch/dinner table long enough for us to have what I call "civilized" conversation. By the final night of our vacation I was ready to drag them through a keyhole backwards for the way they whined during every meal. It really wasn't relaxing to eat meals with them, even though I cut tons of slack for the fact that they are only kids.
The good stuff:
Wow, the country is lush, tropical, and everywhere you look there is natural beauty.
Highlights were: a boat trip where we saw monkeys, crocodiles, and more birds than you can imagine; a snorkeling adventure where we saw more fish than we ever saw in Bermuda; delicous DELICIOUS meals; waking to a view of the Arenal volcano the first four mornings of the trip; relaxing by the shade by the pool almost every morning; the lush tropical foliage and flora everywhere you looked.
Here are some of the pictures taken by various members of our party
|The part of the coati you can't really see above. His tail is long and flexible!|
|A magpie-jay. Blue and bold and check out that hilarious feather that sticks up jauntily off the top of their heads. We took this picture on our house's balcony. It came in to eat some bread we laid out!|
Then it was back into the car for another hour back over the 20 kilometers, which were just as bumpy going as they had been coming!
|Herons on Bird Island. They nest there.|
|The black blobs are howler monkeys.|
|The lady at the table lead the horseback tour, and the man next to her (in the cap) was her husband. She's from Michigan and he is Costa Rican. They run a guest house and horse farm. We were grateful to her for telling us a LOT about life in CR.|
Imperial beer, brewed right there in Costa Rica, went down well on a hot day!
|The girls getting back on their steeds for part two of the trip.|
|Us all on the boat that took us to Bird Island.|
We didn't get a picture of this bird on our own, so I found one on the internet. We DID see one of these on her nest, but could not get a good shot for a picture. Get a load of that bill!
|"I am a boat-billed heron and I disapprove of this message!"|
Costa Rica was beautiful, all the people we met were nice, and I would definitely go back.