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Beautiful, ecological Costa Rica.


By Raquel


This past weekend I had the opportunity – the kind that don’t often come along – to go visit Costa Rica. Our university is trying to see whether we would use a program by Sol Education Abroad as a Study Abroad opportunity for our students. The Spanish coordinator deals with the program in Spain, so this time round I got to go. As part of our tour, we got to meet with students and go on the excursions that they go on. The one scheduled for that weekend was an excursion to El Arenal, a huge volcano, a trip to see a Toucan Rescue Ranch, and a trip zip-lining through the trees and then relaxing at the hot springs that can be found near (under?) the volcano. Here are some pictures I thought you all might enjoy:

At the Toucan Rescue Ranch (founded by a American lady named Leslie, who now lives in Costa Rica):

There were also sloths, macaws, ducks and chickens and a squirrel monkey oh my!:

A lucky view of El Arenal without clouds:

My favorite view of El Arenal: It looks like something prehistoric:

Gorgeous waterfall:

And ladies, refresh your eyes with the lower right hand corner, our very handsome director…(no, I wasn’t aware he was in the picture of COURSE NOT!! (BLUSH) oops I meant look at the impressive moss and trees….

Can you see the green hummingbird? Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Hi Raquel... yes, enjoyed the tour thanks.
Stunning photos ... lovely birds ..
.. amazing waterfall !!! :o)

20 Nov, 2011


Wow I enjoyed it too.

20 Nov, 2011


I LOVE the sloth - how has he managed to keep himself looking so clean and neat? - I always thought sloths were always - well, you know - slovenly. The parrots, owls, flowers, director and hummingbird are all rather lovely, too.

20 Nov, 2011


Thank you all! Gattina, they are very slovenly because they hardly move - this one is clean because she's a rescue living inside the house, and the lady who rescued her, Leslie, keeps her clean. But I was told that in the wild they are full of parasite and covered with leaves growing from their fur! Doesn't seem very comfortable, but I guess they're adapted to it...

21 Nov, 2011


I enjoyed the views. Thank you. The volcano photo is wonderful. Yes I could see the green humming bird after a while :o)

21 Nov, 2011


Thanks Hywel! I still can't believe I managed to capture the hummingbird, even if the photo is a bit fuzzy!

21 Nov, 2011


Nice bloke, er sorry I mean nice blog.

21 Nov, 2011


Thanks Frybo. And yes, he is a nice bloke. And not just because he looks good in swimming trunks. =)

22 Nov, 2011


This is fascinating, what a beautiful place, lovely photos, sorry I missed this before.

1 Apr, 2012


Ive just spotted this blog too - sorry to be so late to comment Racquel. Just wanted to say I really enjoyed it. Your comment about the Director made me smile, he is a bit of dish though!

1 Apr, 2012


Thank you Poppylover99! It's never too late to comment on blogs...and yes, he is cute, isn't he? =)

4 Apr, 2012


Thank you Stickitoffee! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

4 Apr, 2012


very much Raquel, its great to see pictures like this, thank you

4 Apr, 2012

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