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    Day 1

    DAY 1 - March 14, 2005

    Fly to San José, Costa Rica

    One of the nice things about flying north to south is the lack of time zone crossing. Flying to Costa Rica is one such adventure. As we leave Colorado, we are one hour earlier than San Jose, Costa...

    Day 2

    DAY 2 - March 15, 2005

    San José City Tour/Arrive in Sarapiquis

    We woke up to an early sun and showered and packed well before our 7 AM deadline. We checked the internet and had a few messages, one from Eduardo that the new web site and the journal plus...

    Day 3

    DAY 3 - March 16, 2005

    Explore the Río Sarapiquí: River Rafting & Nighttime Bat Tour

    This morning the alarm went off at 5:30 for us to meet the group to discover Costa Rica's abundant bird life in the stillness of dawn. As I looked out I saw the rain...

    Day 4

    DAY 4 - March 17, 2005

    La Tirimbina Reserve - To Chachagua

    Hearing the multitude of birds chirping right outside our room helped us to wake up at 6 AM to be at breakfast at 6:45. Gennie and I chose to eat just fruit this morning as we are having...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - March 18, 2005

    Visit School - Home-Hosted Lunch

    Waking up to birds singing and chirping is certainly a great morning alarm. But this morning we had two red headed woodpeckers trying to get to their image on the reflection from the large bathroom windows. As I got...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - March 19, 2005

    Organic Farm-Arenal Volcano-Optional Hike

    Our day began with a bright hot sun - even at 6:15 it is high in the sky. Our luggage had to be out at 7:00 and breakfast was at the same time. At breakfast we were pleased to see...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - March 20, 2005

    Nature Viewing on Río Frío/Explore Caño Negro

    There was no volcano alert call in the night and it was still very overcast this morning. There was a long line at breakfast today, so it was interesting winding our way through the other groups, one...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - March 21, 2005

    Into the Cordillera de Guanacaste

    Gennie woke up early this morning, and just happened to look out at the Arenal Volcano which was out of the clouds and actively shooting up steam and other gases. It had been veiled in clouds all night so...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - March 22, 2005

    Dry Tropical Forest: Horseback Riding, Thermal Mud Baths & Zipline Canopy Tour

    Before the sun was up we woke up to see the cowboys of the Buena Vista Lodge bringing the horses up from the pastures. We showered and then hiked up to the...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - March 23, 2005

    Long Drive to Punta Arenas & Cruise to Punta Coral Private Reserve

    Today was our early departure morning; we had to have the luggage out at 5:00 so we woke up at 4:15. The good kitchen staff was ready for us at 5:00 sharp...

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - March 24, 2005

    Tidal Estuary Cruise on the Río Tarcoles/Search for Scarlet Macaws

    As we had switched itinerary due to the Semana Santa and the upcoming Good Friday, we were able to sleep in a little later this morning. Breakfast was at 7:30 and our departure for...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - March 25, 2005

    Transfer to San José/Free Afternoon/Farewell Dinner

    We were up before the alarm as someone had made coffee in their room so I was ready to get up and out. The luggage had to be out at 7:30 but our bus did not leave until...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 - March 26, 2005

    Transfer to San José Airport/Flight Home

    It was rise and shine very early with the wake-up call coming at 4 AM. We showered, packed our bags and were out of our room by 4:45. We walked to the lobby and had some OJ, coffee...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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