Tag Archives: Costa Rica

Tortuguero

After extending our stay on beautiful Ometepe, we were inclined to do the practical thing and head straight back to San José for the final days of our vacation. But I still really wanted to see Tortuguero National Park. The problem … Continue reading

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Eco touring in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a progressive country. When you don’t have a military, it seems you have more money for education, health care, and infrastructure. And also (my personal favorite this summer) parks. There are 26 national parks in this little … Continue reading

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Quaker cheese

Before tourism took off in this region, the most profitable industry was cheesemaking and the biggest employer was the Monteverde cheese factory. This morning we took a tour of the factory. Unfortunately the particular varieties they were making today didn’t … Continue reading

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Tantos arboles y yo sin frenos

One of the most popular touristy things to do around Monteverde is the zip line “canopy tour” of the rainforest. Many of you readers are probably old hands at the zipline thing, but this was our first time out. I … Continue reading

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Just like we imagined it

When my son Nik was in middle school, I helped him build a rainforest diorama for a science project. We fashioned exotic vine-draped trees out of dowels and clay and string and covered them with lots of hobby store moss. … Continue reading

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Monteverde

After two nights in San José we took a bus up to Monteverde. This small town on the edge of the rainforest makes a good base for sampling a variety of tourist attractions. We went to the frog habitat and … Continue reading

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San José

Now the real travels begin. This year’s summer vacation destination: Central America. Our Lonely Planet guidebook didn’t have much good to say about Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. In a lot of ways it looked and felt like … Continue reading

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