Costa Rica

What a fabulous place this is. Everywhere you go there is life. FAUNA and FLORA It is all around us. But with all life, there is a necessity for water and you can definitely find that here.

This is Catarata La Paz. It is located near Volcan Poas on a side road that isn't easy to find. The river from this water fall runs under one of the oldest wood bridges in Costa Rica. It was built by the United States Corps of Engineers in about 1918. There are myriad water falls from this same river in a very short distance. You can see several water falls in this photo. The trail was beautiful. It was built by a hotel that is close by. This cove is loved by waterfall enthusiasts all over the world.

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Here is Jim at Volcan Poas. An active volcano 50 kilometers from San Jose. The clouds you see in the background are sulfuric gas that is being released by the volcano. Fumeroles are also venting in the right side of the picture just above the crater filled pool.

CR-JimPoas.jpg (16959 bytes) After visiting the crater, there is a 20 minute nature trail that takes you to a second crater. The water here is too acidic and no fish or other large life live within it. ( but I am sure that there is a lot of bacteria thriving on dead organic matter)
CR-JimArenalHotel.jpg (10327 bytes) This is the view from our palatial hotel in the city of La Fortuna. We were "fortunate" to see Volcan Arenal clearly for there were no clouds. This is a wonderful base location for local sightseeing. I kept telling James the volcano was to his left but he just stared off in the distance.
CR-HorseJim.jpg (29290 bytes) Here is Jim riding a horse to the zip line tour out of La Fortuna.

Jim repelling through the canopy during the zip line tour. Jim was quoted as saying, "Being above the trees and seeing the life living within them is an experience of a lifetime". This free hanging repel line was from about 120 feet up. Jim looks like a pro!

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Greg is cruising through the canopy on a zip line. The life in the trees is wild. Take a look at the bromeliads growing on the branches. I am up about 86 feet in this foto.

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P0-Greg's  CentralAmerica Homepage

P1-Guatemala, Antigua Aug2000 P2-Guatemala, Tikal Sept2000 P3 -Guatemala, Pacaya, El Salvador, Lago Atitlan, Sept2000
P4-Guatemala, Monterrico Oct2000 P5-Costa Rica - Volcan Poas, La Fortuna 2001 P6-CR- Water Activities 2001 P7-CR- Pictures of Animals 2001
P8-CR-House Warming Party June2001 P9-CR- Greg's Bday July2001 P10-CR- Ileana's Bday Aug2001 P11-CR- Ileana and Greg in La Fortuna 2001
P12-Guatemala, Lost 'shots' from Monterrico 2000 Belize y Hondorus with Wendy

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