Posted by: Dave | May 27, 2009

More Costa Rica

Note: I apologize in advance if the images take a while to load. I didn’t resize many of them, so they’re large files. I thought they’d be better to show off the colors.

I’m now back from my week in Costa Rica. This trip (in combination with my, um, free time) has given me the best tan I’ve had in 10+ years.   Costa Rica was great. It’s definitely a place that I will recommend as a travel destination, and I plan on going back to do more exploring. It’s so easy to get to from the States. From Phoenix it was a 3 hour flight to Dallas and then a 3.5 hour flight to San Jose, CR. Not bad at all.

And it’s all worth it even if you only see one tree-full of Scarlet Macaws. They are among the world’s most beautiful birds. We were lucky enough to have an almond tree near our hotel where the birds hung out on Sunday and Monday. With my non-professional camera equipment it wasn’t easy to get clean, clear shots; they like to hang inside the tree, so there’s little light, and shooting from the ground makes for weird angles. I got a few good ones, I think. Monday there were 16 in the tree at once.

Scarlet Macaws in Playa Hermosa

Scarlet Macaws in Playa Hermosa

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Scarlet Macaws take flight

Incoming Scarlet Macaw

Incoming Scarlet Macaw

A little better look at the bright colors...

A little better look at the bright colors...

They're so hard to capture in all their color. You really have to be above them somehow to see all the yellow and blue.

They're so hard to capture in all their color. You really have to be above them somehow to see all the yellow and blue.

Scarlet Macaws mate for life and travel with their partner. There were 16 macaws in the tree on Monday. Pretty amazing to see so many at once.

Scarlet Macaws mate for life and travel with their partner. There were 16 macaws in the tree on Monday. Pretty amazing to see so many at once.

And a macaw in an almond tree.

... and a macaw in an almond tree.

Surf:   The surf wasn’t especially cooperative while we were there. It was big, but closed out often and otherwise wasn’t especially fun. Particularly for me.. as I haven’t surfed in 5 years or so. Too much paddling!

It's deceptive, but this wave closes out quickly after the guy dropped in. The still shot certainly makes it look like a great wave though. Pretty big and clean that day, but closing out.

It's deceptive, but this wave closes out quickly after the guy dropped in. The still shot certainly makes it look like a great wave though. Pretty big and clean that day, but closing out.

Boca Barranca... home of the 3rd longest left in the world. On the right day, you can ride 1 wave for over 1km. The drift and paddling here was a bitch, but it was a fun place to surf. At the mouth of a river, the rainy season brings a lot of mud (and who knows what else - crocs?) down to the break... but you can't really think about that.

Boca Barranca... home of the 3rd longest left in the world. On the best days, you can ride 1 wave for over 1km. The drift and paddling here was a bitch, but it was a fun place to surf. At the mouth of a river, the rainy season brings a lot of mud (and who knows what else - crocs?) down to the break... but you can't really think about that.

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Savvy tourism PR has labeled the summer the “Green” season, as opposed to the rainy season. From what I understand, the green/rainy season is roughly May-October. We didn’t have much rain, other than an afternoon shower once or twice and one heavy overnight rain, but from what I understand it gets really wet. That rain makes the rainforest/jungle incredibly dense and lush.  Jay and I checked out another National Park near Playa Hermosa, Carara National Park, and some of those pics show the density of the rainforest.

The trail in Carara National Park. You can (sort of) see Jay on the trail...

The trail in Carara National Park. You can (sort of) see Jay on the trail...

Almost stepped on this guy. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of snake it is, but I'm pretty sure he's not poisonous.

Almost stepped on this guy. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of snake it is, but I'm pretty sure he's not poisonous, although he was easily 6 feet long. I also learned that wild snakes are not easy to photograph. Hard to catch their good side!

Big ants doing some work. There were so many lines of ants carrying these leaves from the trees. I'm not sure why they go all the way up the highest trees to get these leaves, but they would carry them down the 100-ft. tree trunks and down into the ground. So interesting...

Big ants doing some work. I'm not sure why they go all the way up the highest trees to get these leaves, but they would carry them down the 100-ft. tree trunks and down into the ground. So interesting...

The gratuitous pic of me. Mom's orders.  This is in a stream in Carara National Park...the main reason for standing in the water was to soothe the pain from the ant bites I got while taking pics of the ants. Serves me right for wearing flip-flops, I guess.

The gratuitous pic of me. Mom's orders. The main reason for standing in the water was to soothe the pain from the ant bites I got while taking pics of the ants. Serves me right for wearing flip-flops, I guess.

Overall it was a great trip. The surf could’ve been a little more cooperative, but still good to run the toes in the sand and ocean and see such amazing biodiversity. I’ll be heading back to Costa Rica again for sure… so much more to explore: volcanos, rainforest canopy, more beaches, etc.

Thanks for stopping into my blog. Who knows where I’ll end up next … but hopefully it’s soon.

The curious iguana says thanks for checking out the blog...

The curious iguana says thanks for checking out the blog...

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  2. very nice photos!!


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