Costa Rica Travel Stories
Guided Hike in Cloudbridge Reserve
After our long hike from town to Cloudbridge, we arranged for them to pick us up at Roca Dura and drive us there so we would not be so exhausted and could go on a hike around the reserve. Craig decided to go with us and off we went. It was decided we would hike to the lookout point where you could see the break between Cloudbridge and the northern part of the reserve. It is bordered by the Talamanca reserve and Luis and his family own about ...

Day Hikes around San Gerardo de Rivas : Roca Dura to Cloudbridge Reserve
Day Hikes around San Gerardo de Rivas : Roca Dura to Cloudbridge Reserve We decided since we were not going to hike Chirripo we would hike up to the Cloudbridge Reserve and see what it was all about. It is a pleasant but steep hike up to the reserve and takes a good hour and a half to get there. There were some nice views as we walked along and we also saw some birds we had not previously encountered. The roughest part of the hike was hea...

Biking, with monkeys, around Puerto Jiminez
Biking, with monkeys, around Puerto Jiminez 2-24 After our early morning paddle trip we went for Robert's appointment to our wonderful local Dentist, Melissa Morales. She gave him advice about stopping the grinding she felt might be causing the wear on the inside of all his front teeth. Good news that would not need dental work today. Laura fixed lunch in our hotel room and we had a nap. Then we decided to go for a bike ride since b...

Camping in a magic garden in the cool climate of San Gerardo de Rivas
Took the bus from Puerto Jimenez to San Isidro de General and because we missed the bus took a taxi up to San Gerardo de Rivas. It is quite a climb as you gain in elevation on the road to town. This town is best known as the last stop before one climbs Chirripo, the highest peak in Costa Rica. We camped last year in the garden behind the Roca Dura where the sound of the Chirripo river drowns out most of the sounds of the town. The bird call...

More Hiking around Puerto Jiminez : Herrera Gardens ; Manglar y muerte in Puerto Jiminez
More Hiking around Puerto Jimenez : Herrera Gardens ; Manglar y muerte in Puerto Jimenez- Our last hike in Puerto Jimenez was to the Herrera Gardens. We had done this hike last year and were not disappointed by what we got to see. The gardens are on ongoing project. The land was purchased to prevent the clearcutting of some old growth, second growth areas to plant palms for the palm nut industry. This also helped preserve the water quality i...

Pre-dawn spectacle over Puerto Jiminez : hundreds parrots lift off
Pre-dawn spectacle over Puerto Jimenez : hundreds parrots lift off We had told ourselves we were going to get up in time to see the parrots lift off in the morning. We got up at 4:15 and fixed coffee and sat outside and waited for liftoff. We were not disappointed; about 200 or so lifted off with a cacophony of sound. Robert got some good recording of the racket they make. This was our last morning the paddle and we had to check out o...

Barefoot and Paddling #4 : Secret Beach Sunrise Breakfast View Vulcan Baru
Barefoot and Paddling #4 : Secret Beach Sunrise Breakfast Vulcan Baru ; Bike ride in afternoon ( Story and pictures of bike ride moved to 2-29 ) High tide was 7:30 a.m. and we were on our way by 5:30 a.m.. We headed toward the area past Crocodile Bay pier where you are able to enter an area where you can land and climb up a small incline and you are on the ocean and on the other side heading into a mangrove area. As we did last time we...

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