Day 7: Hummingbirds, volcanoes and sunsets

Today is another super early start and a five hour drive across the country to the Arenal Volcano national park.  The journey for me goes quickly mostly because I am catching up with sleep following our late night and the exciting activities that we have done so far.  Jonathon, our guide, continues with his interesting …

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Day 6: Stingrays, vipers and mojitos

An early start is followed by a short bus ride to Cahuita national park where our first stop is to pick up two boats to take us out to the reef.  The sky is dark and rain clouds once again threaten the horizon.  As we head off the sea is still and silky; flattened by …

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Day 4: Woodpeckers, snorkelling and night-time adventures…

I am writing this sat under a mimosa, the light is fading, flocks of noisy toucans head towards their roost, the occasional howler monkey’s monster-like call can be heard coming from the trees in the distance, and the night time insects begin their chorus.  In front of me there is a makeshift football pitch where …

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Day 2: San Jose to Gandoca: sloths, vultures and desolate shores

  It is a 6am breakfast and a 7am departure from the hotel.  The sun is shining and the city looks better already. Today we are taking a five hour drive to Gandoca which is a stretch of coastline at the very south east corner of the country bordering Panama.  Our guide, Jonathon is a …

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