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... a name that says it all: the Grand Canyon is a grand canyon , the Great Wall of China is a great wall, the Great Barrier Reef is a great reef. What has this to do with the place where we are now? Itīs got to do because in a certain way this place belongs to that category: La Fortuna, where everything costs a fortune.
We chose to break up the trip between San Jose and Nicaragua: we had two or three options where to stop a couple of nights and at the end we ended up here, ...
... my limited abilities. I needed to keep my hands on the reins!
Thankfully Maya, although spirited and spry, was well mannered, very well
trained, and clearly knew the route we were taking.
crossed a stream and started climbing a steep hill, we switch backed up for
some time. Maya was huffing and puffing as we approached the top. We crested
the hill and my jaw dropped at the amazing view, the wind ...
... for my camera so I wouldn’t scare him, he hopped a little further away but I
was still able to get a good picture. As I lined up for another picture he took
to flight. I was disappointed until I realized there were two more right over
my head! They did not stay long and the
three of them flew down to the cacao fields. Amazing. I knew that toucans lived
here but I never thought I would actually see one!
... abruptly and indicated for me to get out, I followed him down a thin path
into the jungle. Turns out it was not just jungle but rather a farm of mixed
crops, oranges, mangos, plantains, pineapples and beans all intercropped
together. We crossed a small stream and climbed a hill to a large orange tree
surrounded by young plantain trees and beans. There were three men and a women
sitting under the tree sheltered from ...
... at least they fake it well! Everyone is so nice and frankly on the drive here I experienced quite the opposite. It is a change for me from the experience I had in CR previously. When we came last time it was a predominantly eco destination and not a big tourist locale. I felt like our interactions with the locals was of mutual respect. I remember being humbled by their simple lives and peaceful existence with the land and the world in general. A oerfect example ...