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What are we doing?

I’ve researched a number of possible activities.  We won’t have time to do everything – just lots of options.

Playa Negra

We can’t wait to see the black beach.  However we understand that contrary to the name, the beach is not exactly black, but more beige with dark streaks.  Either way, should be beautiful.

It’s not a great swimming beach, because it tends to have big waves and is lined with rocks, though there is one short stretch of clear sand to the south and at low tide a large tidal pool.  We do plan to hang out here – Drew will need a skin board or boogie board, which I image will not be difficult to find.

Cahuita National Park

It has been recommended that we head to the Kelly Creek station entrance at Cahuita village to find some locals to provide a hiking tour of the forest.

We’ll head up this way in the morning and hopefully spot green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, Northern boat-billed herons, Swainson toucans, keel-billed toucans, rufous kingfishers, and the Central American curassow.  As well as tamandua, paca, coati, raccoon, and agouti.

Chocolate Farm Tour

Once we arrive in Playa Negra well be calling over to Willie’s Costa Tours to take a tour of a chocolate farm.  The Bri Bri tradition of making chocolate that has been passed on through the generations for over 300 years.  We will learn about cacao and its importance to Bri Bri Culture.

Canopy Tour

After spending the night at Hacienda Pozo Azul, we’ll take of on a Canopy Tour through Sarapiquí,

The canopy tour at Pozo Azul has a total of 12 cables and 17 platforms, 7 of which are build on trees between 60 and 90 feet high.

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Butterfly Garden

If we have time before we head off to Rio Celeste we will stop by the Butterfly Garden at Poza Azul.

Costa Rica has a reported total of 550 butterfly species, and the Sarapiquí region has 204 almost 50% of them.

The study of butterflies in Costa Rica and particularly in Sarapiquí goes back 30 years.  Nicho, a 22 year old Sarapiquenian, practically grew up with butterflies, manages the farm and the garden at Hacienda Pozo Azul. There are 20 unusual butterflies species in the garden, as well as several frogs.  A colony of colorful dart frogs from the genus Dendrobates and the most beautiful and well known frog in Costa Rica, Red Eyes (Agalichynis Callydrias)

Rio Celeste

The Jungle House in Rio Celeste is what sold us on the vacation to Costa Rica.  It was only later when we were researching the trip that we learned our home base for the trip would be in one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets, Rio Celeste.

We will spend time hiking in theTenorio Volcano National Park to see the beautiful Light Blue River.

Here there are some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls, natural hot springs, as well as the unique phenomenon blue water,  They say that sulphur emitted from volcanic activity below mixes with calcium carbonate to make the pretty light blue.

Sailing the Pacific

Both Drew and I have a love of sailing and wanted to be sure to get time out on a boat while we were in Costa Rica.  We’ll be heading over to the Pacific side for a 1/2 day excursion on a 50 foot sailing yacht.  We’ll get to swim, snorkel and see dolphins, turtles, rays and other creatures.

Hike Arenal Volcano

Another must do adventure is the hike up Arenal Volcano.  There are many volcanoes in Costa Rica.  Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

Almost every night there is a spectacle of lights of explosive eruptions from Arenal.  I hope we get to see some volcano action.

Motorcycles in Playa Samara

While in Samara, Drew and I are hoping to rent motorcycles and mopeds to tool around the village. We will have a car, but it will be fun to have access to a motorcycle if that works out.

Sea Turtles at Ostional Refuge

If there is time while we are in Samara, we might take a tour of the Ostional Refuge to see the sea turtles arrive.

The green turtle and others use these territories for egg-laying.  Only one of each 5,000 baby turtles will survive to reach adult age.   Costa Rica is one of the countries that protect the egg-laying sites of these wonderful creatures.

Kayak to Isla Chora and Snorkeling

While researching our stay in Samara, I learned that ther e is a tiny island, Isla Chora, 300 metersoff Punta Indio (Indian Point) at the southern end of Samara Beach toward Carrillo. The island has been declared a National Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre).

The island is 1.3 miles (about 2km) from central Samara beach, a half-hour kayaking trip.  If we can convince Tate to join us on the kayaks I would love to venture out here for an afternoon  – just for fun.

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