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Location - Central America; Capital - San Jose; Population - 5 million; Currency - Costa Rica Colon

From Nicaragua, I headed for the Pacific beaches of Costa Rica, in November 2001.


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cost1Playa Samara on the Pacific coast



cost3A suspension bridge at Monteverde Cloud Forest















cost4Monteverde Cloud Forest
















cost5Monteverde Cloud Forest, at around 1400 metres altitude


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cost7Arenal lagoon, from a restaurant in Arenal















cost8A view of the very active Arenal volcano from Fortuna.
Evening trips go to the base of the volcano, from where it's possible to see the lava and hear volcanic gas explosions, then follow it up with a drink at a pool bar, bathing in thermal waters. Lovely!


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cost9Arenal volcano erupting in 1997

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cost11La Catarata falls, a 6km walk from Fortuna


















cost15La Catarata falls, Fortuna



















cost16John, Scott, Alfred and Andrea at La Catarata falls, Fortuna




cost19La Inmaculada Concepcion at Parque Central, Heredia















cost21Boat from Guapiles to the Caribbean village of Tortuguero



cost23The outskirts of Tortuguero



cost22The village was under water after days of rain, Tortuguero.
The village is home to nesting Green Turtles, measuring over 1 metre in length














cost24Tiny frog taking a boat trip at Tortuguero
















cost25San Jose's National Theatre



cost27I returned to the Pacific coast hoping for better weather, and got it, at Montezuma














cost28Monkeys abound at this small waterfall in Montezuma















cost31More of the Pacific coast at the cruise ship port of Puntarenas



cost33South of Puntarenas, and on the Pacific, is Jaco beach















cost34La Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles in Cartago, which I used as a base for a trip to Irazu volcano



cost36The main crater of the active Irazu volcano at 3432 metres altitude















cost37The fantastic green crater lake of Irazu volcano















cost39Looking down on the town of Orosi in the Rio Orosi valley



cost41There are a few coffee plantations in Orosi



cost42Close to the Panamanian border on the Caribbean coast is Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
















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