Waterfall and toucan

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Jun 20, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Sunday, April 7, 2013

It feels like the trip has really started, now that we left SJ and have entered the countryside. Fewer cars and luckily no repeat of the traffic jams of the other day. It only took a couple of hours to get to La Fortuna.

La Fortuna is a bustling little town with tour operators everywhere as well as over-priced trips. Instead of parting with a substantial amount of money, we opted to walk to the local waterfalls. Very hot but excellent walk, saw heaps of birds including a toucan and aracari (mini toucan). Very colourful beautiful birds and it is evident that in contrast to countries like Vietnam, not every animal gets eaten as soon as it moves. We also saw the first agouti (guinea pig on steroids) and a basilisk lizard . Poor Sarah is getting a bit tired of the twitching but that will be compensated by some zip-lining once we get to Monteverde .The Spanish is improving although I'm sure I sound like an absolute retard. Anyway, people take pity and are generally very helpful. As mentioned earlier, next up is Monteverde / Santa Elena. Bring it on!

Hmm, anyway - there will be no zip-lining for me, I would rather eat peas - there aren't enough chemicals in the world to get me on one of those things - it would be hard enough just climbing up to the platform (this is only a short zip-line near where we are today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzPMUO-TRts&noredirect=1) the ones at Monteverde are longer apparently.

It's lovely and humid here - I am a pleasant shade of beetroot most of the time. Today it contrasted quite delightfully with my green t-shirt - I can see a new fashion trend developing.  Fortunately, when we finally arrived at the entrance to the waterfall after a 5km uphill stroll, I looked as bad as everyone leaving as they'd just walked up 600m in 400 odd steps. I'm beginning to think I am best suited to city breaks!

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Jacquelien on

Wow, jaloers op het ziplinen. Echt veel langer dan wij in Thailand hebben gedaan. Het was zo super gaaf. Doen hoor.

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