Trip Start May 23, 2010
32Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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We arrived to a hot and sunny Costa Rica (or 'Coasta Rica', as some American inexplicably pronounce it) and made our way to the student area of the capital where our hostel awaited. Bit of a lazy day for us, and we went to a shopping mall nearby to replace a couple of t-shirts that we'd managed to somehow ruin in Guatemala and Belize.
The next day we took a Combo Tour, which included seeing a few things in the San Jose area in one day
Unfortunately, 'rain' was the operative word! As soon as we stepped off the bus, the heavens opened and we saw the local cats and dogs. Our cagouls did little to help us, and I soon discovered that my waterproof shoes were anything but. We reached the lookout point of the main crater to discover that it was completely obscured by cloud. Em was particularly unimpressed, taking refuge under a walkway. The cloud did shift a little so we had about 60% visibility and could see...ta da!...some sulphur clouds instead!
By the time we reached the tour's final stop, La Paz Waterfalls and Gardens, the rain had eased quite a bit. Here they had a bit of a 'zoo', so we explored the aviary first (you'd have loved it, Dad)
The butterfly house was stunning, filled with blue morphos species fluttering all around us, and the hummingbird garden was very cool too. Em avoided the serpentarium - just as well, since many of them had signed on their boxes saying "Flesh eating venom", or "Bite can cause cardiac arrest". Friendly! Finally, we saw some big cats: ocelots, pumas and a mighty jaguar.
Finally, we saw the resident waterfalls, which though a bit dirty from the rain carrying mud into the river, were very impressive. We got wet (again).
Home to San Jose, for a well earned shower. We discovered that my shoes had also developed a new smell that seemed to repel mosquitoes (and Em).