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Costa Rica, a photo tour of 'la naturaleza'
(March 2000)

Costa Rica is relatively small country which sits between Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the North. To the west and east lie the pacific and atlantic oceans. San José, the capital, is in the center at a high enough altitude to give it a pleasantly cool climate. The urban area is surrounded by volcanos, jungle, and coffee plantations.

Hopefully the pictures will speak for themselves about the natural beauty of this wonderful country, so we'll keep the text to a minimum! If you'd like more information please try some of the links below. One thing worth mentioning is that what you see here is just a fraction of what there is to be seen. Evolution has seen to it that most creatures are pretty adept at hiding themselves!

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Click for larger image! Volcano - A volcano peeks through clouds. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Outside the rainforest - A translucent veil of mist baths the rainforest. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Volcano

A volcano peeks through clouds.

Outside the rainforest

A translucent veil of mist baths the rainforest.

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Click for larger image! Inside - Trees crane their long necks towards the light.<br>  Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Walking trees - Locals call this a 'walking tree' as it is supported by long suckers. As new suckers grow to seek out water, the trunk may actually shift position slightly! Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Inside

Trees crane their long necks towards the light.
 

Walking trees

Locals call this a 'walking tree' as it is supported by long suckers. As new suckers grow to seek out water, the trunk may actually shift position slightly!

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Click for larger image!  - The beauty of a thousand natural forms... Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image!  - ...that mere humans have yet to mimic. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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The beauty of a thousand natural forms...

...that mere humans have yet to mimic.

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Click for larger image!  - A garden boasts amazing flowers... Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image!  - ...almost too brilliant to be true. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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A garden boasts amazing flowers...

...almost too brilliant to be true.

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Click for larger image! Wings of silk - While resting a camouflaged visage is affected; the beautiful silvery blue wings (top side) are only seen in flight. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Sloth - An awakened sloth moves off (slowly) in search of a quieter place to rest. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Wings of silk

While resting a camouflaged visage is affected; the beautiful silvery blue wings (top side) are only seen in flight.

Sloth

An awakened sloth moves off (slowly) in search of a quieter place to rest.

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Click for larger image! Tapir - The large inviting eyes of this tapir signal a creature of the night. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Jungle river - An uprooted tree provides a convenient resting spot. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Tapir

The large inviting eyes of this tapir signal a creature of the night.

Jungle river

An uprooted tree provides a convenient resting spot.

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Click for larger image! Baby crocodile - A real live baby crocodile! Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Bad crocodile - <center>A real live adolescent crocodile with a nasty attitude!</center> Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Baby crocodile

A real live baby crocodile!

Bad crocodile

A real live adolescent crocodile with a nasty attitude!
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Click for larger image! River - Fresh water shrimp nibbled our toes as we waded through the river. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Beach bird - This beautiful bird built its nest from the fallen blossoms of the tree it sits in. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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River

Fresh water shrimp nibbled our toes as we waded through the river.

Beach bird

This beautiful bird built its nest from the fallen blossoms of the tree it sits in.

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Click for larger image! Low tide. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Pelicans in flight. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Low tide
Pelicans in flight
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Click for larger image! Natural fishing - A pelican hovers over an unsuspecting fish Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Click for larger image! Pacific Sunset. Keywords: Costa,Rica,costa rica,san jose,volcano,rain forest,rain,forest,jungle,beach,nature,animal,bird,river,central,america,central america,nosara
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Natural fishing

A pelican hovers over an unsuspecting fish

Pacific Sunset
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Information

The 'Carhay' refuge (Refugio privado de vida silvestre 'Carhay')
A small protected section of jungle with raised walkway, teaming with tropical life including monkeys, toucans, and the biggest ants we've ever seen! The refuge is located about 40 minutes drive from San José on the road to Puerto Viejo.
Tel/Fax: + 506 2923634
E-mail: expverde@sol.racsa.co.cr
 
Taxis Al Faro (San José)
Tel: + 506 2218466 or 2233373.
We received some exceptional service from this taxi company.
 
Our guide: Jaime Araya (near San José)
Tel: + 506 7644244 (may be answered by a Spanish only speaker)
Jaime took us all around the local natural attractions explaining everything in a detailed and entertaining way. His 'tour' will cost around $100 USD for two people so a bus tour may be better value if you're not in a rush. Bus tours tend to leave around 06:30am and there are plenty leaving from the major hotels.
 
Ecoscape Nature tours
http://www.ecoscapetours.com
info@ecoscapetours.com
Tel: + 506 2970664 or 240-5106
Fax: + 506 2970549
We didn't try this day tour but it looks worth checking out if you have the time (we didn't).

Enjoy tours of Costa Rica? You can also enjoy Grand Canyon helicopter tours! Book your next vacation with us and stay in Grand Canyon lodging. See the beauty of the Grand Canyon from the sky!

  
Cuba - Rotorua, New Zealand - Christ Church, Dublin - Monument Valley, Arizona - Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico - Staffa, Scotland - Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico - Costa Rica - Tule Tree, Oaxaca, Mexico - Fiesta, Mexico City - Making Lacquer, Olinalá, Mexico - Talavera Ceramics, Puebla, Mexico - Mata Ortiz Pottery, Mexico - Lebanon
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