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COSTA RICA


Location - Central America; Capital - San Jose; Population - 5 million; Currency - Costa Rica Colon

From Nicaragua, I headed for the Pacific beaches of Costa Rica, in November 2001.

 

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cost1Playa Samara on the Pacific coast

 

 

cost3A suspension bridge at Monteverde Cloud Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost4Monteverde Cloud Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost5Monteverde Cloud Forest, at around 1400 metres altitude

 

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cost7Arenal lagoon, from a restaurant in Arenal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost8A view of the very active Arenal volcano from Fortuna.
Evening trips go to the base of the volcano, from where it's possible to see the lava and hear volcanic gas explosions, then follow it up with a drink at a pool bar, bathing in thermal waters. Lovely!

 

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cost9Arenal volcano erupting in 1997

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cost11La Catarata falls, a 6km walk from Fortuna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost15La Catarata falls, Fortuna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost16John, Scott, Alfred and Andrea at La Catarata falls, Fortuna

 

 

 

cost19La Inmaculada Concepcion at Parque Central, Heredia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost21Boat from Guapiles to the Caribbean village of Tortuguero

 

 

cost23The outskirts of Tortuguero

 

 

cost22The village was under water after days of rain, Tortuguero.
The village is home to nesting Green Turtles, measuring over 1 metre in length

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost24Tiny frog taking a boat trip at Tortuguero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost25San Jose's National Theatre

 

 

cost27I returned to the Pacific coast hoping for better weather, and got it, at Montezuma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost28Monkeys abound at this small waterfall in Montezuma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost31More of the Pacific coast at the cruise ship port of Puntarenas

 

 

cost33South of Puntarenas, and on the Pacific, is Jaco beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost34La Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles in Cartago, which I used as a base for a trip to Irazu volcano

 

 

cost36The main crater of the active Irazu volcano at 3432 metres altitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost37The fantastic green crater lake of Irazu volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cost39Looking down on the town of Orosi in the Rio Orosi valley

 

 

cost41There are a few coffee plantations in Orosi

 

 

cost42Close to the Panamanian border on the Caribbean coast is Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitcostarica.com - Costa Rica tourist board

www.tourism.co.cr

 

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