2012 Costa Rica

This page will chronicle the 2012 Costa Rica trip!

Some videos posted

I have posted some of the videos from the trip. Here is the link.

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Zipline Photos!

Here are the photos from the canopy tours!

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March 18, 2012. Vamos a casa (We go home)

We met in the hotel lobby at 3:30 this morning, loaded up the bus and made the short drive to the airport. We made it to the gate with about 10 minutes before boarding started. We made it to Denver, and through customs in Denver, without any problems. Unfortunately, our flight to Phoenix was delayed.

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March 17, 2012. Sarchi and Glorioso Dia Home

Santa Elena > Sarchi > Glorioso Dia > San Jose > Dinner and Folkloric Dancing Event > Back to hotel.. Our last night. :-(

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March 16, 2012. Manuel Antonio's got SOL

We went to Manuel Antonio National Park, saw a three-toed sloth in the wild, several white-face monkeys, and enjoyed the warm waters of a beautiful, tree-lined beach. A couple of the students even survived a wild iguana attack (it may not be a good idea to peel a banana in front of one - heehee). We also tried our hand at grocery shopping in a Costa Rican supermarket. Sidenote: It's really quite warm here.

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March 15, 2012. Travel to the beach!

We checked out of Santa Elena today and headed for lower, dryer ground. We rode our bus to Manuel Antonio, but not without first visiting some crocodiles! We then visited the beach just outside the Manuel Antonio National Park.

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March 14, 2012. Adventures and Nature

Our most action-packed day yet! In the morning, we hiked through a cloud forest and then went to a windy mountainside to plant trees. In the afternoon we went on a pretty long horseback ride and followed it up with a canopy tour (ziplines) through the trees. As if that weren't enough, after dinner and a break we went around the corner to a place where the tourists and some locals go for dancing.

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March 13, 2012. Learning Culture at an Elementary School

We left Lake Arenal and headed for our next region - Monteverde. We stopped at a three-room elementary school and visited with the children (K-6) for awhile. We then continued to Santa Elena, a small town where we are going to stay for two nights. We planned on doing the canopy tour today, but because we enjoyed the school so much (and spent quite awhile there) we decided to do our canopy tour the following day so we could take our time to enjoy it. We spent some time exploring some of the town's features and then had a special "American" dinner. It was followed with cake as we celebrated a birthday.

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March 12, 2012. Finding paradise in a kayak and more!

A very full day today! Woke to a beautiful rain and some toucans near our breakfast table. We kayaked in the shadow of the volcano Arenal, had a special lunch, juiced sugar cane, explored the town of Fortuna, sipped coconut water from fresh coconuts, and not only bathed in volcanic hot springs, but rode water slides from them! What better way to top it all off than another great dinner followed by local musicians playing for us and letting us try their instruments?

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March 11, 2012. Pura vida. :)

Arrival, Poas and lots of travel.

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