Costa Rica


Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero translates as "Land of Turtles." On its Caribbean beaches four species of turtles lay their eggs.

The park is host to an incredible number of insects, resident and migratory birds, and mammals, including jaguar and four species of monkey.

At your hotel on stilts you will awaken to monkies howling in the trees.

Swinging Bridge

Arenal Hanging Bridges

The Arenal Hanging Bridges is a complex of trails and bridges through the rain forest.

Looking out from atop the hills you have a view of the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake giving you scenic views over natural environments.

There are six hanging or suspension bridges and are 48 to 98 meters long and sway as you cross them. Additionally there are 10 regular or static bridges. Together these bridges give you access to the cloud forest and enable exploration while protecting nature and the cloud forest.

Corsicana Pineapple Plantation

The story began in Corsicana, Texas, in 1896, where the Collin Street Bakery opened. As successful sellers of fruit cakes and bakery goods, Collin Street decided to add the pineapple farm in Costa Rica, in 1991. This gave them the highest quality pineapples for their baked goods.

The plantation covers over 3,000 acres and harvests of 38 million pineapples a year.

And, there out front flies the Lone Star Texas flag. I smile.




Fruit Market

Roadside Fruit Market

As we drove through the countryside we passed many large fruit stands like this one. The fruits are grown locally and relatively inexpensive.

In many cases the farm workers are allowed to sell the fruits from the nearby farms that are considered too ripe or unsuitable for shipment to world markets.

Rain Forest Aerial Tram

Look closely and you will see the tram car hanging from the cable in the middle of the picture at the right.

The rain forest canopy is a little-known world of tremendous beauty and extraordinary biological diversity which the Aerial Tram allows you to see up close.

The 80 minute ride takes you through the rain forest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals hidden at the tops of tall tropical trees.

Arial Tram

Sarchi Wood

Sarchi Wood Art

Called Las Carretas (the cart), these hand painted oxen carts are designed with two wheels. 

The painted ox carts are recognized as a symbol of the handicrafts coming out of Costa Rica.  Most are produced in private mini-factories in Sarchi, which is a quaint, small village nestled to the north of the province of Alajuela.

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