Friday, January 11, 2008

Costa Rica Here We Come!

Todays post is all about Costa Rica and our upcoming trip on January 18th. We will be there for a week, and have lots of activities planned. I am hoping to come back with 1000's of images and the great task of weeding through the "crapshots" for some awesome images of Costa Rican wildlife. My suitcase is already packed and the camera gear on the ready.

The resort is in the Puntaneras region along the Central Pacific coast. There are 3 beaches at this particular resort which borders the surrounding jungle reserve. We are staying in a bungalow within the jungle on the resort grounds. One of the beaches is the only beach to get a "4 blue flags and quadruple A rating" (whatever that means!). They have a zipline within, along with guided nature walks both day and night. There are 3 trails on 750 acres of private jungle. This particular reserve is of great importance from a biological standpoint because it is one of the few remaining forests in the transitional life zone between the Dry Forest of the Northwest and the Rainforest of the Southwest. It is regarded as an excellent place for birdwatching with over 330 migratory and resident bird species, including the brilliant Scarlet Macaw, Marbled Wood-Quail, Three-wattled Bellbird, Toucans, Trogons, Manakins, Flycatchers, and Hummingbirds. The reserve is also home to white faced monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, white-nosed coati mundi, tyras, raccoons, iguanas and a large number of butterflies.

Other activities I am getting excited about is the zipline canopy tour off the property, Arenal Volcano/Hotsprings tour, dolphin/whale watching/snorkeling on a catamaran, and possibly whitewater rafting if we can squeeze it in.
The representation of animals in the image above is a shortlist wishlist for our stay in Costa Rica. I'm not entirely sure the Jaguar is a given there...but the others seem within reach of my goal.

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