Last Day in Paradise

We began the day with white water rafting on the Rio Savegre. We were lucky to have hot, sunny weather for our two-hour trip down the river in 3 rafts with guides. The Class 3 rapids were great fun and we stopped at a beautiful waterfall for a snack along the way. Some in the group noted that rafting today was their favorite excursion of our time in Costa Rica!

We had lunch at a restaurant high on the hillside overlooking the sea, and spent one final afternoon at the beach. Now we’re off for a farewell dinner as we anticipate an early wake-up for our drive to San Jose and our flight home tomorrow!

Here is a photo of our view from the restaurant where we had lunch:

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Buying snowcones on the beach:

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Manuel Antonio National Park

We explored the national park today with our guide Javier. We spotted two different types of monkeys – White Faced Capuchins and Howler monkeys. We also saw sloths and iguanas, and learned about some of the insects and plants within the park.

The White Faced Capuchins were in the low hanging branches of the trees at the edge of the white sand beach. We were told that they often swing down and make off with people’s belongings when they aren’t looking. Fortunately, Javier stayed with our backpacks while we enjoyed the ocean.

It was a beautiful day to be at the beach. Tomorrow we go white water rafting!

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Swam in the Pacific Today

Today we left our host families in San Joaquin de Flores to travel to the Pacific coast. Along the way, we took a boat trip down the Rio Tarcoles where we saw so many crocodiles that we lost count at over 40! We also saw a pair of beautiful Macaus, egrets, herons, and many other types of birds.

We arrived at our hotel near Manuel Antonio National Park by mid-afternoon and had time to go to the beach and do some body surfing.

Tomorrow we go to the park with our guide Javier who will help us spot White Faced Capuchin Monkeys and 2- and 3-toed sloths, among other animals. We’re also looking forward to more beach time!

Below are some photos from our river trip today.

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Great Day at Poas Volcano

Today we headed up into the higher elevations to see Poas Vocano. Although we were in the clouds at well over 8,000 ft., we were fortunate to have some sun and an amazingly clear view of the main crater which is more than a mile across. (It reportedly is the second largest in the world.) From the main crater we hiked to Botos Lake, which formed in one of the volcano’s extinct craters. Our guide Javier pointed out the interesting flora in the area of the volcano. The leaves of one of the plants were almost the size of Lauren and Amber!

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Lunch en route to Poas Volcano

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The main crater of Poas Volcano

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Boto Lake at Poas Volcano

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