Costa Rica: N P & T F

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Drake Bay; Fly to San José; Afternoon on Our Own; Begin Main Trip

    The departure time from the resort was not until 8:45 which gave us an opportunity to sleep in until 7:00. We had a leisurely breakfast and thanked the staff...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - Friday, December 14, 2012 - Welcome Brief; Depart San José; Visit Coffee Plantation; Zarcero Park; Overland to San Carlos

    We woke up at 5:30 and quickly showered and got our bags ready as today was a travel day and our luggage had to be out at 6:30....

    Day 3

    Day 3 - Saturday, December 15, 2012 - San Carlos; A Day in the Life of a Costa Rican Village; Home-Hosted Lunch; Soak in Thermal Pools

    We were scheduled to go on a day-break bird hike, but when we woke up at 5:15, it was still raining like cats &...

    Day 4

    Day 4 - Sunday, December 16, 2012 - San Carlos; Nature Walk; Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge; Cruise the Río Frío; Horseback Riding

    The alarm went off at 5:15 so we could get ready for the Day-Break Bird Walk. It was very tempting to go back to sleep, but we were...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - Monday, December 17, 2012 - San Carlos; Kayak on Lake Arenal; Overland to Monteverde Cloud Forest; Quaker Life Discussion

    Today was a travel day! We packed up our bags and had them out at 6:45. Eddie and Samy loaded all of the luggage on the top of...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - Monteverde Cloud Forest; Nature Walk; Optional Tree Top Canopy Tour

    When we woke up this morning, we knew we were at a higher altitude. The temperature was 62° and the humidity was 85%. We caught the Samy Shuttle to breakfast at 6:50....

    Day 7

    Day 7 - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Monteverde Cloud Forest; Optional Forest Canopy Ride; Lunch in Santa Elena; Optional World of Butterflies & Bats Tour

    Our legs were fresh this morning and we wanted the exercise so we walked to the restaurant. Vic had more opportunities to take photos...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - Thursday, December 20, 2012 - Monteverde Cloud Forest; Overland to Manuel Antonio National Park; View Crocodiles on Río Tarcoles

    Mother Nature woke us both up early with a touch of stomach concerns. As we took our bags out and talked to others in our group, we found...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - Friday, December 21, 2012 - Manuel Antonio National Park; Nature Walk; Visit Quepos

    Today was Friday, December 21, 2012, the last day on the Mayan Calendar. We had breakfast with our group at the Gato Negro (Black Cat) Restaurant and agreed that if the end of the...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Saturday, December 22, 2012 - Manuel Antonio National Park; Dairy Farm Visit; Stroll Through a Páramo; Overland to San Gerardo de Dota; Orientation Walk

    The electrical power was off and on this morning; mostly off, but we managed to pack up our belongings and have our bags...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Sunday, December 23, 2012 - San Gerardo de Dota; Search for Quetzals; Day at Leisure

    The rooster crowed at 5:00 and our alarm went off at 5:15. With those persistent reminders, we knew it was time to get up and get ready for the 6:00 Bird Watch....

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Monday, December 24, 2012 - San Gerardo de Dota; Woodworking Demonstration; Overland to San José; City Tour

    The luggage had to be out at 6:45 am so that Samy had time to load the bags on top of the bus for the last time on this trip....

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - Fly from San José to Atlanta; Connect with a Flight to Denver; Drive Home in the Cold and Snow

    Our alarm went off at 4:45; it was a short night! Gennie checked our flights one more time and wrote a note to...

    Day 14

    Personal Evaluation of Overseas Adventure Travel -- Costa Rica: National Parks and Tropical Forests & Pre-Trip to Corcovado National Park

    As 19 time travelers with OAT (solely), we feel we need to respond on-line to the trips we take with Overseas Adventure Travel. And as with all escorted trips, there...

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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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