Costa Rica

    Day 1

    Day 1 - December 4, 2002 Flight from Denver, to Miami, to San Jose, Costa Rica

    We got up at 5:15 and were out of the house by 6:01. We drove the Dodge van to Denver, Craig and Lucinda’s house, where we met Dave and Sue Pettygrew.

    We all got...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - December 5, 2002 - San Jose to Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge

    My watch alarm went off at 5:25 and we got up. We were supposed to get a wake-up call at 5:30 but it did not come till 5:45. We were out of the room at 6:05...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - December 6, 2002 - Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

    We got up at 5:15 and by 5:50 we were by the boats in the lagoon. All of us were ready to go to Tortuguero National Park. We were split up into two groups, one with...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - December 7, 2002 - Tortuguero to San Jose, Arenal Volcano Lodge

    We got up at 5:15 and got packed and were out of the room by 5:55. We took or baggage to the front desk and then went to the restaurant for a quick continental breakfast.

    We...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - DECEMBER 8, 2002 - Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Arenal Observatory Lodge

    We got up at 6:30 and were at breakfast overlooking the Arenal Volcano at 7:30. It was a buffet with eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, cheese and Gallo Pico.

    We took a short trip in the...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - DECEMBER 9, 2002 - Arenal, Pan American Highway, Carara National Park, Villa Lapas

    We woke up several times during the night to the rumbles of the volcano. It sounds like several thunderstorms and they are very short or go on for some time. The one at 5...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - DECEMBER 10, 2002 - Manuel Antonio National Park, Jaco, Villa Lapas

    We were up at 6:15, showered and were out the door at 6:45 and took some pictures of the hotel and the grounds. The rest of the group came in at 7 AM and we had...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - DECEMBER 11, 2002 - Pan American Highway, Punta Arenas, Monteverde, Hotel Fonda Vela

    We had to have luggage out by 7:30 so we were up by 6:45 and eating breakfast by 7:45. We were supposed to leave by 8 but did not get away until 8:20.

    We...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - DECEMBER 12, 2002 - Sky Trek, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Bosque Nuboso, Hotel Fonda Vela

    It was a great night sleeping with the windows open and hearing the wind blow and the water fountain outside bubbling. We got up at 6:45 to a sunny but windy day. The...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - DECEMBER 13 & 14, 2002 - Monteverde, San Jose, Milvia Hotel, Flight to the USA

    We got up early, had breakfast and coffee, checked out and were driven by Harry to San Jose. On the way back we stopped for lunch and most of us had hamburgers...

    Day 11

    Wildlife and Animals of Costa Rica

    Agouti (Guatusa) (Forest Guinea Pig)

    Anteater, Collared (Tamandua)

    Ants, Leaf Cutter

    Bat, Long Nosed

    Bird, Great Frigate

    Birds, Anhinga Snake Fishing

    Boas, - several

    Buffalo, Water

    Butterfly, Blue Morpho

    Butterfly, Owl

    Caracar, Yellow Headed

    Cayman, Spectacled

    Centipede

    Coati, White Nosed

    Collard Red Start

    Creeper,...

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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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