Colourful Costa Rica ...
Trip Start Jul 17, 2008
26Trip End Dec 06, 2008
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Various - did Gecko tour for 10 days
Also, headed up to Monteverde - lovely cloud forest, very damp and drizzly but it kind of suited the environment up there. Next stop La Fortuna - nice town and quite well to do by Costa Rican standards. If you can afford it, try staying at Los Lagos - excellent natural spring pools with hot water and slides etc.. There's a place about 15 mins from La Fortuna called "Iguana Corner" - I've never seen so many huge iguanas in one handy location - there were several well over a metre in length! Also do the volcano viewing at night (ie, Volcan Arenal) - I was quite surprised at just how active it is but you can only really see the red hot boulders tumbling down the mountain when it's dark. Guy called Christian from the Los Lagos crowd was an excellent guide - really knew his stuff and was genuinely interested in the environment (I believe).
Next and final stop was Puerto Viejo - I didn't like it at all but there were some very nice spots just out of Puerto Viejo, eg. Punto Uva to the south. I stayed at Banana Azul resort for quite a few days and loved it there - was a nice retreat and great people running the show. Great food too! Unique design, very open and lots of lovely timber work etc.