Travel Blogs from Santa Elena, Costa Rica

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Day 56., Monteverde and Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Day 56.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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I've been traveling for 56 days now. Almost two months. So I made it past six weeks on my own without running home to Mom. It was a tiny fear I had before setting off on this trip. That I would get bored or something and hence wanted to head home earlier ...

The Cloud Forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

The Cloud Forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena

A travel blog entry by duke_schewe

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He Said: Highlights: 1. The Original Canopy Tour 2. The whole Santa Elena/Monteverde experience 3. Mariposa Butterfly Farm 4. The amazing choice of food and accommodations 5. The Cloud Forest 6. Time standing still for us 7. The Roads ...

Monteverde, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Monteverde

A travel blog entry by alexndean

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... but it has been cold) - bliss. Because Costa Rica is far more touristy than its neighbors our options we far more varied. Santa Elena and Monteverde's attraction is the Cloud Forest but, unable to make enough tourist dollars from this, a plethora of ...

Cloud forest and adrenaline, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Cloud forest and adrenaline

A travel blog entry by esbjorn

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The Jerk Chickenīs revenge + eternal rain, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

The Jerk Chickenīs revenge + eternal rain

A travel blog entry by losbrowns

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... with cascades, bamboo as high a NYC buildings ... We had decided to skip San Jose and head straight to the Cloud Forest of Santa Elena/Monteverde in the north of CR. The 3-hour wait at the San Jose bus stop confirmed our decision with lots ...

A rainy day in Monteverde, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

A rainy day in Monteverde

A travel blog entry by mxcna78

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Itīs a rainy day in Monteverde. We are hoping the rain dies down so we can go to Santa Elena National Reserve. Other than the rain, we are having a fantastic time in Costa Rica. Pura ...

Visitors!, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Visitors!

A travel blog entry by lightnerjohnson

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... Eli, Madeline and Roan. They are friends from St. Paul who were also stopping in Monteverde as part of a larger trip around Costa Rica. They came bearing the gift of a family size bag of Twizzlers licorice for us, which we have been savoring ever since! ...

The day we became TARZAN!!!!!!!, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

The day we became TARZAN!!!!!!!

A travel blog entry by jothomas

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... uneventful until we were 18km and a massive hill away from the town. The place we are actually staying in is called Santa Elena, a town about 3km from Monteverde and with lots more useful amenities. The final 18km of our bus journey was epic!!! We ...

Nebelwald, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Nebelwald

A travel blog entry by janinger

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... mit einer Staerke von 7.2 gar nicht gemerkt. Zu holprig war wohl der Bus in dem wir waehrenddessen sassen. Monteverde / Santa Elena liegt auch im Hochland und war erreichbar, also gings erstmal dahin. Monteverde ist bekannt fuer seine Nebelberge und ...

On my way to the jungle, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

On my way to the jungle

A travel blog entry by worldtrip_kp

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... in is probably not a problem, but the run ;) Patrick Facts: Taxi from Tranquilo backpackers to the bus terminal C$ 1000.00 Bus from San Jose to Monteverde (Santa Elena) C$ 2200.00 Accommodation at Casa Tranquilo @ USD$ 20.0 for a single room with en-suite ...

What day is this?, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

What day is this?

A travel blog entry by limehybrid

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... . Its beautiful and very relaxing but also a little wierd. That was yesterday. Today we woke up and grabbed the jeep boat jeep to Santa Elena which is where we are now. So far this is my favorite place. We just got back from canopying which is the zip ...

The Cloud Forest: Hummingbird Central, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

The Cloud Forest: Hummingbird Central

A travel blog entry by cookcorn

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... (I was behind waiting for Jack and we missed it) but there was definitely a lot of cloud. Today we went to the Santa Elena reserve which was quieter, no feeders this time and we had a guide today. It seems that almost all the guides in this ...

Costa Rica reunion, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Costa Rica reunion

A travel blog entry by andreatravels

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... growing up through it!  The Monteverde district sits at about 4500 ft. altitude and has some 4-5000 people spread around Santa Elena and three or four other little villages.  The geography can be a little confusing with provinces, districts, ...

Exploring Monteverde, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Exploring Monteverde

A travel blog entry by andreatravels

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... many more!    In the afternoon the rest of the family joined us for a tour of the Orchid Garden in downtown Santa Elena.  They have a huge collection of over 400 species, some of which are so tiny that they hand you a magnifying glass when ...

Up in the cloud forest, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Up in the cloud forest

A travel blog entry by andreatravels

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... Quakers from Alabama.  They left the US to avoid being drafted for the Korean War, which violated their pacifist principles.  Costa Rica was a natural choice for them--the country had a civil war in the late 40s, and the rebel leader who won ...

Santa Elena, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Santa Elena

A travel blog entry by willsez

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Cloud forests are well named, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Cloud forests are well named

A travel blog entry by iwaldon

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Day two in Santa Elena was an easy morning eating the best breakfast burrito in the world from the stand next to the pension. We, and everyone else at our hotel, booked the 1100 am Selvantura Park canopy tour.  We started on the suspension bridges, ...

Swarming backpackers and a new favorite sport, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Swarming backpackers and a new favorite sport

A travel blog entry by cdrewitz

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... to bring my own coat :)  I was on my own for the misty bridge walk and Tarra rejoined me for a hike through the Santa Elena reserve after buying a poncho.  We are now back in the sun and relaxing before our "Jeep-Boat-Jeep" (I've seen the ...

Ziplining (in Dutch) and coffee, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Ziplining (in Dutch) and coffee

A travel blog entry by cookcorn

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... om een wat andere dag te hebben. Nu eens niet door het bos lopen maar over het bos zoemen. Zip-lining is erg populair in Costa Rica. Je hangt aan een lijn in een soort harnas en glijdt met een noodvaart door of over het oerwoud. Allebij de jongens hadden ...

Forests in the clouds, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Forests in the clouds

A travel blog entry by mark_kate

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... . The bus climbed up the dirty roads into the hills to the home of the cloud forests; the resplendid quetzal and the Costa Ricas ecotourism industry. Monteverde is a strange little community founded by the Quakers in the 50s where they have since put a ...

Ya se van las Mexicanas! Adios Monteverde..., Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Ya se van las Mexicanas! Adios Monteverde...

A travel blog entry by mxcna78

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All good things must come to an end. We spent our final hours in Santa Elena and made our 5 hour bus journey back to San Jose. We LOVED Santa ...

Cloud forest, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Cloud forest

A travel blog entry by riege

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... up in the mountains and it gets cold at night. When I mean cold, that is of course compared to the coasts of Cosat Rica, but still a took out my fleece jacket and scarf again. The second day we went wildlife watching in the cloud forest and were even ...

Cloud forests and zip lines, Monteverde and Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Cloud forests and zip lines

A travel blog entry by davidandem

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... ;some of the lushest, diverse and beautiful forests in the world. We arrived mid-afternoon and checked into Pension Santa Elena. This is a proper backpacking hostel, cheap but with good rooms, excellent staff and friendly clientelle. It also has ...

With our heads in the clouds, Santa Elena/Monteverde, Costa Rica travel blog

With our heads in the clouds

A travel blog entry by smyth

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... common for us to meet people who are only travelling within Costa Rica on vacation. Taking tours is the big thing in Santa Elena (and Monteverde) since this is where they do the zipline tours through the Cloud Forest. All of this is very expensive so ...

Mountain of Green!, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Mountain of Green!

A travel blog entry by loganandkatie

... us a map and explained a lot about the area.  There are two primary growth cloud forest reserves in the area (Santa Elena and Monteverde) and a secondary growth forest in between them called the Children's Eternal Forest.  This was bought with ...

The longest travel day yet, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

The longest travel day yet

A travel blog entry by smyth

... 2:20 we boarded a bus to Las Juntas 3:20 we arrived in Las Juntas having missed the 3:15 to Monteverde because we needed to stop for gas 5:00 we boarded the 4:45 bus from Las Juntas to Monteverde 7:30 we finally arrived in Santa Elena!!!! What a ...

Monteverde, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Monteverde

A travel blog entry by leprefrog

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... was the cloud forest, and the bottom was rain forest. It is warmer and there are more animals like snakes. We then drove to Santa Elena, really small, not nice, but had lunch there in the afternoon. We bought a few bits and pieces in the supermarket for ...

Bosque Nuboso Monteverde., Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Bosque Nuboso Monteverde.

A travel blog entry by astralcars

The day before yesterday we got up early to catch the jeep-boat-jeep to Santa Elena. In the first jeep (actually a minibus) we met a really cool couple: Markelle from Greece and Michael from the USA. They ended up staying in the same hotel as us and even ...

Canopy Tour in Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

Canopy Tour in Santa Elena and Monteverde

A travel blog entry by rlarose

Came down to Santa Elena to check out the Cloud forest and do a Zip line tour of the forest.  The ride was long and rough and we had to wait for the bus from about 9:30AM to 4pm when the bus finally arrived and then the road was blocked on the way ...

We made it to Santa Elena!, Santa Elena, Costa Rica travel blog

We made it to Santa Elena!

A travel blog entry by mxcna78

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... down-new van...everyone was patient and in good spirts while we waited for our replacement vehicle (see pictures). Finally in Santa Elena, we were presented with a variety of accomodation options. A little overwhelming at first, we settled for Cabinas El ...

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