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  • Tortuga Lodge Costa Rica Review
    Omelets and pancakes were being served For the next two days we wandered around in a photographic rain forest haze Birds flew from tree to tree startling yet more birds to fly to yet other trees I didn t know where to point my camera s next Nestled along the Tortuguero River The Tortuga Lodge owned by Costa Rica Expeditions our tour operator shares the river with thousands of nesting sea turtles a ton of toucans at least one magnificent frigate bird and a three toed sloth or two The lodge itself is small private and quiet Six quad style buildings house the 24 large rooms There is no air conditioning by design The night breeze breathes through windows with no glass There is no TV and by necessity adequate cell phone and Wi Fi reception not that I needed it but it was nice to have The rooms are clean and comfortable the showers warm and the linen soft We could taste the humidity a mix of ocean river and rain forest We marveled at the vibrant hues and colorful exotic plants Blue Morphos fluttered by and monkeys leapt from trees above our heads We could find no fault with the property Not even the bugs were an issue Surprisingly we hardly saw or swatted any Perhaps because the birds were eating them all An assortment of frogs and unseen insects serenaded us to sleep with a rain forest lullaby A n ever present and persistent howler monkey woke us at dawn Spiders spun intricate webs while hummingbirds hovered and we hadn t even left the property yet We could only imagine what the private boat tour would bring The service was legendary We had fresh fruit with every meal watermelon papaya and banana We were served fantastically refreshing

    Original URL path: http://lonestarnorth.com/Costa%20Rica%20tortuga%20lodge.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Tortuguero River and the Rain Forest
    off my bucket list Here is a 16 minute video of the Costa Rica Forest We travelled along the canals of the Tortuguero River with our guide Juan in search of the ever illusive sloth Click the photo below to

    Original URL path: http://lonestarnorth.com/Costa%20Rica%20Rain%20Forest.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Costa Rica
    on tourism it wasn t in your face As in any touristy location there was your usual made in China crap But if you dug a little deeper there were some unique items offered at reasonable prices I could have easily bought more and regret that I didn t grab one of these wood carved faces Thankfully Rudy had pointed out a must do restaurant La Choza De Laurel It turned out to be an open air affair like many of the buildings in Costa Rica The evening was warm and the beer was cold so we ordered a local brew or two Our waitress dressed in traditional garb offered up the menu and described the 50 special We were sold The meal here was one of the highlights of the entire trip The dish consisted grilled chicken beef pork skewers of veggies plantain and potato fries The huge tasty shrimped were piled up high in a freshly carved pineapple soaked in a garlic sauce We dubbed it a low country boil Costa Rican style Most memorable 50 meal we have ever had Half way through the meal we were joined by this little fellow Thankfully for him there was

    Original URL path: http://lonestarnorth.com/Costa_Rica_lafortuna.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Costa Rica Tortuga Lodge Stroll
    Tree grows new roots based on where the sun is coming from Iguana A wood carving in process This swallow hung around the dock and the restaurant There were plenty of BIG spider webs And plenty of birds to eat them up Here a great kiskadee hangs out amidst some berries The lighting was not conducive to hummingbird photos But I did manage to capture this one Note the curved

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  • Volcano Lodge Costa Rica
    gardens that made this location a must see More on the fantastic gardens its plants flowers and birds in a separate post From our window we saw the volcano albeit shrouded in clouds and we had a wonderful view of the property Rooms were secluded and hidden behind an array of lush vegetation The breakfast buffet was delicious and plentiful The property had a lovely pool and hot tub Our

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  • Volcano Lodge Costa Rica
    my bucket list We spent a couple days at the Volcano Lodge in La Fortuna Most of the time we spent walking the beautiful lush tropical gardens The variety of plant life was amazing Walking Tree Bananas Pineapples porter weed This bush is a huge attraction for hummingbirds I ve already planted one in my back yard The colors were spectacular Which hibiscus do you like better Heliconia Orchids H

    Original URL path: http://lonestarnorth.com/Costa_Rica_Volcano_Lodge_gardens.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Costa Rica Bird Index
    Tortuga The lower row consists of the birds at Volcano Lodge If my identification skills are up to par and my count is right I count over 60 different species of birds Toucans of Tortuga Kiskadees Tanagers of Tortuga Birds

    Original URL path: http://lonestarnorth.com/Costa%20Rica%20Birds%20Index.html (2016-04-29)
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  • Costa Rica Horseback Riding
    after a long wait and briefing on safety and horse handling we set off into the country and headed to the waterfall at La Fortuna The trip was approximately an hour there and and an hour back We skirted the volcano Navigated a cow pasture Climbed hills and crossed streams Our head caballero Rudy seen here in the white hat left his office job at a lodge some years ago to do what he grew up doing riding horse Rudy learned and recalled everyone s name and remember there were like forty of us His organization was very professional well organized and they were very proficient with their horses The horses were beautiful and well behaved After an hour s ride we dismounted thankfully parked the horses and headed for the waterfall As it turned out to get to the bottom of the waterfall one had to climb down some 500 steps Once at the bottom one could swim in the cold water No thanks we left that to the all too eager students Connie and I hung around the top of the falls shopped in the little gift shop checked out the observation deck and generally rested our sore

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