Featured on Lonely Planet’s FB Page: Me

Lonely Planet, the travel guide company, lets their fans send a picture of them in the “wild” with their Lonely Planet guides.  I posed with my Costa Rica guidebook last week while in Costa Rica and emailed the picture to community@lonelyplanet.com and they posted the picture to their Facebook page this week!

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Costa Rica 2013: El Viejo part 2

Part of El Viejo experience included a ride on a boat in the Rio Tempisque. The Rio Tempisque is a river that is brackish, meaning it has a mix of salt and freshwater. It is inhabited by many creatures, including crocodiles.

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The birds were so awesome. So many different birds.

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I had never seen a crocodile outside of a zoo (besides on Discovery or Animal Planet). There were a lot in the Rio Tempisque.

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After the 1hr 15min boat ride we headed back to La Casona to indulge in a delicious, traditional Costa Rican lunch.

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El Viejo was worth the trip. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to experience more than just the coastal, beach towns of Costa Rica. The beaches are not the only beautiful thing about the amazing country of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica 2013: Love The Lizards

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We were greeted by iguana friends upon our arrival in Tamarindo last week.

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The one here in the tree at the hotel is referred to as “Godzilla” by the employees at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas.  He must be a regular.  🙂

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We headed out last Sunday on a tour to the Rio Tempisque for a boat ride and saw these guys in the parking lot of the hotel before we departed.

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This big iguana was in a tree along the banks of the Rio Tempisque.

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This little guy (little?) was climbing through a fence along the main road in Tamarindo near the Witches Rock Surf Camp.

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This lizard in this pic stopped by to sun himself by the patio of our hotel suite and wish us farewell before we departed from our room to head back to the US.

So many lizards were also seen that are not pictured here, of course…

Costa Rica 2013: Finding Vehicles Not Found In The States

One of my favorite things to do while going from place to place in a foreign country is to look out for all the different vehicles and take notice of the ones that we don’t see here in the USA. There are many in Costa Rica. Some of them are here in the US but are a different body style, some are not sold here at all, and some brands are here but the particular model is not sold here. Below are some that I took photos of around Tamarindo this past week:

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Nissan Primera
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Primera


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Daihatsu Terios
http://www.daihatsu.com/catalogue/terios/short/



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Fiat Linea
http://www.fiat.cr/inicio/vehiculos-fiat/fiat-linea/



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Toyota Hiace
http://www.toyotacr.com/hiace.html

Costa Rica 2013: Howler Monkeys Are Acrobats on Powerlines

Our second day in Tamarindo, last Friday, we were walking down the road and saw some activity on the power lines. It was a group of Howler Monkeys taking turns crossing on the lines. Some had babies on their backs. It was the closest I have ever been to a monkey, outside of a zoo.

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Costa Rica 2013: We had the best view from our hotel

The best view in Tamarindo… For the price… Is at the Tamarindo Vista Villas. 

Below you will find every picture I took from the pool area. Some taken in the morning. Some taken midday. Some taken in the evening. It was the most epic view in town. Enjoy!

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It was amazing seeing this every day.

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… and every night

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Wow… I took a LOT of pics of that view, eh!?