Monday, February 22, 2016

Costa Rica with My Sister

Toucan on our balcony Hotel Parador, Manuel Antonio
It been a long time since I visited Costa Rica, over 25 years. It's beauty still enchants me and I rediscovered it's gifts with my sister who lived there for a time...
Annie & Amos at Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park
On our balcony Manuel Antonio

Some of the highlights were discovering Arenal Volcano with it's cascading hot springs with waterfalls and tropical surroundings. Also we rediscovered the beauty of Manuel Antonio and the beach in the National Park with it's jungle down to the water.The founders of Costa Rica in their infinite wisdom, made a rule that you could not develop within 150 meters of the beach, so the jungle comes right down to the water, as well as the wildlife. One of our favorite places to visit was the "Doctor's Beach" in Manuel Antonio National Park, where white headed capucin monkeys visited at our blanket and on our balcony. There was a blue rope over the road to our AirBnb for the breakfast and dinner run. The howler monkeys also scampered across our roof to the fruit trees in the back yard. How's that for nature at your doorstep?

My sister and our dear friend Amos Bien, started the oldest and purest Rain Forest Preserve Rara Avis over 30 years ago in northern Costa Rica which has a spectacular waterfall. This is a tour for the adventurous spirit with over 300 different varieties of birds in this virgin rain forest.

Annie at Manuel Antonio
Amos & Me
Footprints on the beach, Doctor's Beach Manuel Antonio