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Corcovado National Park: Costa Rica

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Visiting Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsular of Costa Rica, was another dream come true for me.  I read about it many years ago in the National Geographic, who claim Corcovado to be “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity”. Continue reading

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Amblypygids

DSCF4040I am not usually one to disturb wildlife but I am doing my bit to dispel the myth that these little critters are harmful.  They are very docile, as you can see, and completely harmless.  I was totally fascinated by this critter and was asking so many questions that I think my guide put it on my face to shut me up!  :-) Continue reading

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Night Tour in Drake Bay: Costa Rica

 

IMG_1410The Night Tour with The Bug Lady was wonderful.  It was in fact with two expert guides: Tracie (The Bug Lady), who is a biologist, and her husband Gianfranco, who is a naturalist and nature photographer. Tracie’s special interests are in entomology and arachnology and Gianfranco’s interests are herpetology and  (reptiles).  Continue reading

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Manuel Antonio & sloths

IMG_0626I took a three hour bus trip to Manuel Antonio on several people’s advice, to visit the national park there.  Firstly I stayed at a wonderful  hostel called was Hostel Serena Vista.  When I arrived I was so pleasantly surprised at the location as well as the super friendly staff. I also really enjoyed chatting to Sonia, the owner, and her partner. The verandah has amazing views and the perfect place to watch the sunset. I would have stayed longer if I did not have commitments, and I would go back there in a heartbeat. Continue reading

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens: Costa Rica

IMG_1302The La Paz Waterfall Gardens, not far from the Poas Volcano, are really worth a visit, despite being expensive.  Not only do you get to see the most amazing waterfalls, the place also houses many animals confiscated from the pet trade that for some reason or other cannot be released.  Continue reading

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Poás Volcano: Costa Rica

IMG_1097I had never heard of a cloud forest until I took a 30 km day trip from San Jose to Poás Volcano  – the largest active volcano in the world with a huge crater measuring 1.6 km in diameter.  The volcano crater rim lies at 2700m so going from the hot climate of San Jose and to the cold, wet and windy environment of the cloud forest was quite incredible.  Continue reading

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Samara & Playa Negra: Costa Rica

IMG_0990This weekend I visited Samara & Playa Negro on the Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. In Samara I stayed in a funny little hostel which was full of German students who were studying Spanish in a school somewhere in the small town. I  never did find out where or why they chose this place.  The hostel was a building next to a farmhouse and there were plenty of horses, Brahman cattle and lots of dogs!   Continue reading

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