Over Thanksgiving break, Casey and I headed down south to Costa Rica. This is the first time we both had ever traveled to Central America and we had been looking forward to visiting Costa Rica for some time. Everyone we had spoken to who had visited Costa Rica told us such amazing and, at times unbelievable, things about this lush country. And researching the country in planning our trip exposed us to even more great things this place had to offer. We planned our trip based on three different climates: Cloud Forest, Rain Forest and the Beach. We started in the cloud forest of Monteverde.
Monteverde is located in the northern part of the country near Costa Rica's active volcano. To get there from San Jose, we drove about three hours, mainly on highways and then on a very long, unpaved uphill road. We knew that Costa Rica was known for their bad roads and got introduced quickly.
The king of spiders was this Orange Kneed Tarantula. Its body was probably 2 inches wide with hairy, gruesome legs. Bummed I didn't get a clearer shot, but hey, it was pitch black without our lights. Definitely one of many highlights of the night.
The following day, we went to the actual cloud forest for some canopy touring. This is probably the most well known activity in Costa Rica, as there were many zipline offers to choose from. We were very happy with the one we chose, with 13 ziplines of various lengths to choose from. If you know me well, I'm pretty afraid of heights, but this helped me overcome those fears. There actually wasn't much time to be afraid since Casey and I were the first of the group to go and they just hook you up and push you along your way.
Here is a little view from the platform of one of the lines. It was amazing up there!
After the canopy tour, we headed into the butterfly sanctuary, where there were 20 different species of the beautifully painted creatures. I didn't get most of the names, so here's just a run of the photos I got.
We then walked across eight bridges suspended above the treetops. We didn't see too much wildlife as it was mid-afternoon, but we saw some amazing vistas and an array of plant life.
Alright, I need to go through the rest of the photos, but another post to come soon!