In case I can't post at first, I've prepped this one. It's about a trip I took in March of 2010 to Costa Rica with my mommy. Some of the pictures aren't the greatest because I took a few out of a photo book my mom had made (which is also how I remember all the details.)
|The book. It's got Poas Volcano on the front.|
The first few days, we had a broken bus, so a two hour drive took all day. We still had to get to all our scheduled stops, so we were exhausted by the time we finally got to our hotel.
Alright, so, we flew into San Jose on a Saturday and met up with another group pretty quickly. They were only from a couple hours away, so we had stuff in common. The other groups got there later.
|This was our first hotel, Centro Colon. You've also got a great view of our hideous backpacks that we carried. The other group had matching shirts. We were on the same flight out of Dallas with them.|
|We were all pointing at the "casino" sign.|
|I think we played Truth or Dare in this little hallway. We weren't allowed to leave the hotel because it isn't safe outside at night.|
On day 2, we took a walk through the INBioparque. The tour guide told us about all the trees and flowers. We also visited Poas Volcano and relaxed at hot springs in Baldi.
|There was a hedge maze that we all walked through. It was a great first hedge maze!|
|These beautiful flowers were all over Costa Rica.|
|We also got to visit a coffee farm. We bought real coffee from a tiny store operated by the farm.|
|A bird of paradise flower. Gorgeous!|
It was really smokey the day we went, so we didn't get a great view. It's the pool looking thing in the middle.
|We spent the evening at Baldi Hot Springs relaxing. The hottest pools were over 100 degrees!|
|As soon as I saw this, it was worth it. Until I had to go back up the stairs.|
|I don't remember where these were, but it was right by our hotel. It's fruit.|
|We all got to try one. It was sour, but more like a lime than a lemon.|
|On the way there, we stopped at a German Bakery and got chocolate and coffee.|
|Nail biting moment as we watch the bus cross|
|Hotel 3! After visiting a local school, arriving at the hotel, and unpacking, we could either explore or go on a horse ride. Our group and part of a second group chose the horses.|
|The school we visited. We bought jam from them and they did a dance for us.|
Day 6- We traveled to Jaco. We also visited another reserve. In Jaco, the beach has black sand! Someone tried to sell us drugs on the beach. We said no, though.
|Hotel 4, in Jaco. Our favorite location there!|
|Leaving the park, we had to take a tiny boat across four feet of water. We couldn't just walk through it because it was contaminated with fecal matter.|
Day 8 took us to Sarchi. They're famous for their ox carts. They're huge! A wheel was bigger than me.
|It's a photo of a photo, so I apologize. The point is to see how huge the cart is though.|
|The final activity was a Cultural Experience that you could choose to do. Our group did. We ate traditional food and watched a traditional dance show. This photo is the San Jose skyline from the mountain the restaurant/bar was on.|