late June and early July of 2010 Colette and I visited parts
of Costa Rica. Although it is a rather small country, there is
actually a lot to see and experience. We focused this trip
on the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio and San Jose areas. Colette
and I took this trip on our own while Trent maintained the house in CO.
We spent the first three nights just outside of La Fortuna at the
Mountain Paradise Hotel. The place was great. Our shower
was a waterfall and our patio door opened to a great
view of the Arenal Volcano. The resort also has a naturally-hot,
spring-fed pool. In addition to hearing periodic volcano
rumblings and seeing the accompanying smoke, we took several "tours".
Two were with Sunset Tours. One was a boat trip in the Cano
Negro Wildlife Reserve on the Rio Frio and the other the Arenal Hanging
Bridges canopy hike.
Both of these tours were very good with great guides.
Between the two we saw family groups of three types of monkeys, a
sloth, a poison dart frog, a couple cayman and various types of birds,
bats, insects and so on. Good stuff. A third tour was to
the backside of the volcano in the evening. This late evening
excursion enabled us to see the red glow that accompanies the volcano
activity. Although a rather long drive for what we got to see, I
figure it was worth doing once. Next we traveled around 5 hours or
so to our next
resort in the Manuel Antonio area on the pacific coast. The roads
through the mid part of the country were extremely twisty since
they follow the very rugged terrain. But, the country side was
very nice. We stayed at the Tulemar Resort in one of their
bungalows. This place is very nice but wish that it had a
There is a great private beach and nice nature trails.
We spent some time enjoying the beach and saw a lot
of three types of monkeys, some sloths, a raccoon like animal and
lizards, etc. We also checked out Manuel Antonio
National Park (a little down the road). The park was nice with
with good walking trails through the rain forest and several really
beaches. Here the monkeys got really close. We also saw
types of animals.
trip back to San Jose became more critical due to Colette coming
down with a very serious lung infection (bronchial pneumonia).
She saw a private Doctor in Quepos
and then got xrays in a public hospital there. The next day we
shuttle to San Jose where she was able to start treatment in a bigger
hospital. She spent two nights in the hospital getting IV
antibiotics and then they released her at 3:30 the second morning so
we could catch the 6:30 Frontier flight back to the US. Back in
the US she visited the emergency room where they confirmed how bad her
lung was but then released her since the antibiotics she received in CR
had wiped out the infection. Kudos to her CR medical care.
care appears to be quite good in Costa Rica. According to a very
helpful lady from the Tulemar Resort who acted as our interpreter at
the Quepos hospital, nine percent is
taken out of wages to cover full medical. They don't have to
pay for anything else.
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