Journeys………… Sarah in Costa Rica

 

The tiny country of Costa Rica would be my home for the next 7 days, my time spent on a magical trip that turned out to be one I would never forget.

After flying to San  Jose the capital I made a brief overnight stay before I was introduced to my guide Alex Castro who would be my eyes and ears for the trip. Having a great knowledgeable guide makes the difference between a good trip and a fantastic trip.

On route through the Central Valley I visited the Poas Volcano National Park which features two impressive craters (one active) and one that holds a beautiful lake.  The crater was very active and had lots of sulphuric fumes rising (and smelling!) much to my delight!

Close by is the Doka Coffee Plantation where you can learn how coffee is grown, picked and harvested, you can have lunch here and sample the wonderful produce.

The next 2 days were spent in the Arenal area which is home to one of the world’s most active Volcano’s.  The location is perfect for exploring with 7,200 acres of protected cloud and rain forest.  From here I headed to the Cano Negro wetlands for a boat tour along the Rio Frio, the wildlife here is in abundance.  I was amazed by my guide pointing out Crocodile-like caiman’s, turtles, monkeys, kingfishers and the best by far the three toed sloth!

After a scenic boat crossing over Lake ArenalI was transferred via a bumpy yet impelling journey over unpaved roads to the biological reserve of Monteverde.  The area is one of the main attractions in Costa Rica with its cloud forest covering 26,000 acres, 2,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds and 100 different species of animals.   The visit to the cloud forest reserve was to be my highlight of the trip with high hopes of seeing the ‘famous’ resplendent quetzal, my guide did not let me down. Only meters away from a nesting pair and plenty of clicks of my camera I could not quite believe that I had seen this beautiful bird.

The afternoon was spent in the Selvatura Park, here is the best way

to enjoy the cloud forest tree tops across eight suspended bridges. Many species of birds were pointed out and for those who prefer a bit more action they can zipwire over the forest canopy.

The final leg of my journey was the coastal resort of Manuel Antonio.  Here I spent some time relaxing by thePacific Ocean. With plenty of wildlife, a national park and a range of good quality hotels this area is perfect end to a fabulous trip.

To see as much wildlife as I did and experience this beautiful Country left me with fond memories that will last a lifetime.