butterfly.gif (31139 bytes)                Costa Rica
Christy and I journeyed to Costa Rica on June 2nd, 1999 and spent seven exciting days exploring this beautiful country.   Using the San Jose Marriott as our home base we first went to the Arenas volcano area in the north and stayed at the El Tucano resort.   Volcano explosions, thermal swimming pools, a jungle river cruise on the Cano Negro near the Nicaraguan border plus time to just sit and read.  Then back to San Jose for the night and a flight across the country to the Jungle Lodge. The Jungle Lodge is located a couple miles up a canal from the small village of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast.    We had a great trek through the jungle.  I've been fortunate to have seen a good part of the world in the past but walking through a real jungle with monkeys swinging through the trees and sounds neither Christy or I wanted to know the source of was a fascinating experience.  Several boat cruises back into the many jungle canals and a late night trek on the beach to find the giant sea turtles and we were ready to head home.  Other than some clothes that had to be burned we arrived home no worse for wear.  Christy's ready to head to Vanderbilt in August and I'm ready to stay cool and dry for awhile!

Our special thanks to our new friends, Keko (TI5KD) and Sophia and their beautiful children, Fabiana and Adrian.  We visited them two nights and enjoyed their wonderful hospitiality.  Click here to see the TI5/W0TM log.

What a wonderful and beautiful country with the friendliest of people!  We're ready to go again!  Click here for Costa Rican tourism information to plan a trip yourself!


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Keko on one of his many towers
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Keko, Sophia and Christy

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The TI5KD antenna farm
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Fabiana and Adrian planting the tree given them by Phil, N0KE
Click here to read Phil's story of his trip to Costa Rica


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Keko, TI5KD

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Gary, W0TM
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El Tucano resort with the jungle behind us

 

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El Tucano grounds
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Christy pre-mud wrap
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Arenas volcano thermal spa
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Caimans were everywhere!
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Can you count the iguanas?
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"No Swimming" signs were not needed!
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A family of bats one millisecond before going beserk and flying everywhere.  Safety tip: never take a picture of bats up close using flash!

 

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The starting point of our jungle trek -- Tortuguero Hill.

 

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OK so far
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Still having fun!

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Came out alive thanks to our trusty guide Carlos
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Our home in the jungle
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Roughing it but not too much
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Can you spot the monkey?  They were everywhere but never close.

 

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Market in the jungle town of Tortuguero
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Gift shops even in the jungle!
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Christy with one of our guides, Jose.
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Nearest road was 30 miles away.  This beat the canoe route! 

 

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The capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose, from the air
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Back at the San Jose Marriott then home the next day

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But first, one more look out our window!

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