Costa Rica
Llano Grande

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  • Day147

    Spiders, sloths and sickness

    January 31, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    A bit of a shaky start to the day as Laura was ill in the night with D+V. The first illness of our trip, although I'm sure it won't be our last.... We went on a guided walk and saw green and brown basilisk lizards (very beautiful, especially the green one), monkeys, some large spiders (including the "golden orb", with one of the strongest webs of any spider - see photo) and more lizards. We also saw a 3-toed sloth - she was high up in the tree canopy and difficult to see/photograph (hence the not so great picture!) but worth seeing, after 2 weeks of waiting to see a sloth. Oh, and plenty of ants - many different types and sizes, including the "bullet ant", around an inch long and apparently very painful when it bites. Some of the ants (luckily not bullet ants) decided to explore my trouser leg and they bit me several times, to the point that I had to remove and shake my trousers before replacing them! It brought a whole new meaning to the phrase "ants in your pants"... In the afternoon we explored the forest more, found a cocoa tree and also had a paddle in the Sarapiqui river. We enjoyed the buffet dinners in the lodge - a bit more variety made a welcome change to the ubiquitous beans & rice. In the evening we enjoyed a beer in the hammock again, watching the fireflies come out for the night.Read more

    Kaley Davey

    Looks like you're all having a great time so far, Layla is loving keeping track of Solana's big adventure! X

    Nicola Booth

    Ants in your pants 😂😂😂 Amazing wildlife pics, love seeing all the photos xx

    Sue Jones

    Stunning pictures - love the sloth 😀 ... hope Laura feels better soon x

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  • Day146

    Sarapiqui rainforest

    January 30, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We had a couple of days (3 nights) staying at Chilamate Rainforest Ecolodge in the Sarapiqui rainforest. The lodge has its own trails, so it was easy to explore the forest on foot. Solana quite enjoyed being our "guide", with her binoculars and wildlife spotting card - so funny hearing her talking like the actual guides we've had! We saw lots of frogs, including green and black poison arrow frogs, howler monkeys (they're VERY loud!) and more birds, including toucans trying to steal bananas from the trees. To get to the lodge, we had to park the car and walk across a rickety-looking bridge (which the occasional car did go over but not sure I'd be brave enough), whilst our bags were transported across on a golf cart! Whilst here, the rainforest lived up to its name and we saw our first rain since arriving in Costa Rica. Some of the "showers" were quite spectacular but the additional mosquitoes it brought out after were somewhat less spectacular. They have been biting through clothes at times; bring on the permanent aroma of eau de DEET insect repellent for the remainder of the trip...Read more

    Peter Thurston

    I'm finally on it!Wow it all looks and sounds amazing! Love the pic of Solana the tour guide. I just want to give her a BIG hug x

    Peter Thurston

    PS: it will probably come up as Pete when I leave a message x

    Sue Jones

    Amazing piccies x


    Great idea to keep Solana interested. Sounds like she is a pro!

  • Hotel La Quinta Sarapiqui

    March 19, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After a good night of sleep in downtown San Jose we got on our first transfer, which led us by Braulio Carillo National Park and gave us first wonderful views of the country. We checked in at Hotel La Quinta di Sarapiqui and here are a few impressions of this great place. We loved to stay here. :)Read more

  • Day1

    Hotel La Quinta Sarapiqui

    March 20, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    One of the reasons we loved to stay here was the great wildlife this place was offering. Without leaving the facility we were able to various birds including hummingsbirds and toucans and even monkeys, frogs, butterflies. It's a great place for nature lovers (although I have to admit that they also keep 2 caimans and a "butterfly garden", that I didn't like so much. I prefer to see animals free, without cages.) So, here are my favorite pictures of the birds and monkeys. :)Read more

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