Below are some of the best pictures from my January 2006 trip to Costa Rica.ILISA for two weeks. I was very impressed with the school and all of my teachers. They were very friendly and professional. I had a great time and learned a lot. Expediciones Tropicales. I got to see a lot of things during the day, and thought it was worth the trip.
Jungle Tom Safaris. I was amazed to see how many other visitors made the trek, although once we got up there, we didn't see many other people. Our guide, Fernando, who takes the Saturday-Sunday tours, was very good at spotting and identifying plants and animals.
We saw a huge variety of animals, but my camera wasn't up to the task of capturing many of them. Sunday morning I watched a spider monkey and toucans behind our hotel, and then we went out on the boat and saw howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, egrets, herons, caimans, crocodiles, an iguana, basilisk lizards, black river turtles and more. It was very exciting. Below are a few of my better photos.
I went to two interesting projects for the last couple of days of my trip. The first was Finca La Flor de Paraiso, a small farm and school a few hours out of San Jose. It was a beautiful place with many interesting people working and volunteering there. They grow vegetables, herbs, and have many different kinds of livestock.
The second place I visited was Nacientes Palmichal. They have a number of cool environmental projects. It was more of an adventure to get there than I expected, and I didn't arrange in advance to see their projects, but the lodge is beautiful, and I enjoyed my last day in Costa Rica exploring their paths.