Central Costa Rica Trip 2011-(Quepos, Manuel Antonio NP)

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1 <b>Coffee flowers</b> 
"Café"
<em>Coffea arabica*</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

When the coffee flowers are in bloom they turn the hillsides white, so they are often called "Costa Rican snow". We didn't see any red berries, they had...

Coffee flowers "Café" Coffea arabica* Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 When the coffee flowers are in bloom they turn the hillsides white, so they are often called "Costa Rican snow". We didn't see any red berries, they had...

Coffee flowers "Café" Coffea arabica* Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 When the coffee flowers are in bloom they turn the hillsides white, so they are often called "Costa Rican snow". We didn't see any red berries, they had already been harvested.


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2 Coffee plantations often have beautiful orange <em>Erythrina</em> trees too, they not only provide shade, they also help enrich the soil with nitrogen.

Coffee plantations often have beautiful orange Erythrina trees too, they not only provide shade, they also help enrich the soil with nitrogen.

Coffee plantations often have beautiful orange Erythrina trees too, they not only provide shade, they also help enrich the soil with nitrogen. 1049
3 This was our last view of the cloud forest landscape as we drove to the west coast of the country.

This was our last view of the cloud forest landscape as we drove to the west coast of the country.

This was our last view of the cloud forest landscape as we drove to the west coast of the country. 1033
4 <em>Lobelia laxiflora</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011

This pretty orange flower is very common along the roadsides in the higher elevations of Costa Rica.

Lobelia laxiflora Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 This pretty orange flower is very common along the roadsides in the higher elevations of Costa Rica.

Lobelia laxiflora Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 This pretty orange flower is very common along the roadsides in the higher elevations of Costa Rica.


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5 <em>Russelia sarmentosa</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011

Russelia sarmentosa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011

Russelia sarmentosa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011


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6 When we got on the main highway we stopped to shoot photos of this typical Costa Rican farmhouse.

When we got on the main highway we stopped to shoot photos of this typical Costa Rican farmhouse.

When we got on the main highway we stopped to shoot photos of this typical Costa Rican farmhouse. 1105
7 Brahma cattle are common in Costa Rica, they are adapted to tolerate the heat and humidity of the tropics better than other species. Two times when we ate beef at hotels we were surprised how dry and tough it was. We teased that the cattle probably liv...

Brahma cattle are common in Costa Rica, they are adapted to tolerate the heat and humidity of the tropics better than other species. Two times when we ate beef at hotels we were surprised how dry and tough it was. We teased that the cattle probably liv...

Brahma cattle are common in Costa Rica, they are adapted to tolerate the heat and humidity of the tropics better than other species. Two times when we ate beef at hotels we were surprised how dry and tough it was. We teased that the cattle probably lived on the steep hillsides and didn't have any fat! The pink trees were common in this area of the country. 1276
8 <b>Cashew</b>
"Marañón"
<em>Anacardium occidentale</em>
West coast of Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011

We were surprised to see how Cashews grow! The red fruit is edible raw, but the cashew nut (growing below the fruit) is poisonous, has to be roasted...

Cashew "Marañón" Anacardium occidentale West coast of Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 We were surprised to see how Cashews grow! The red fruit is edible raw, but the cashew nut (growing below the fruit) is poisonous, has to be roasted...

Cashew "Marañón" Anacardium occidentale West coast of Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 We were surprised to see how Cashews grow! The red fruit is edible raw, but the cashew nut (growing below the fruit) is poisonous, has to be roasted before it can be eaten.


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9 I got a kick of seeing these people photographing cattle when we stopped to get some snacks. All were from our group except for the couple in the shorts (in the middle). The cattle seemed to enjoy posing for our cameras!

I got a kick of seeing these people photographing cattle when we stopped to get some snacks. All were from our group except for the couple in the shorts (in the middle). The cattle seemed to enjoy posing for our cameras!

I got a kick of seeing these people photographing cattle when we stopped to get some snacks. All were from our group except for the couple in the shorts (in the middle). The cattle seemed to enjoy posing for our cameras! 1087
10 It was laundry day at this ranch home, clothes are hung on the fence to dry.

It was laundry day at this ranch home, clothes are hung on the fence to dry.

It was laundry day at this ranch home, clothes are hung on the fence to dry. 1144
11 This Yellow Oxalis was growing from a crack in the rocks of a road cut. I spotted them on one of our photo stops.

This Yellow Oxalis was growing from a crack in the rocks of a road cut. I spotted them on one of our photo stops.

This Yellow Oxalis was growing from a crack in the rocks of a road cut. I spotted them on one of our photo stops. 1163
12 We saw many Termite nests in the trees on the west coast of Costa Rica. The termites stay in tunnels built from the ground up the tree trunk so they were not visible.

We saw many Termite nests in the trees on the west coast of Costa Rica. The termites stay in tunnels built from the ground up the tree trunk so they were not visible.

We saw many Termite nests in the trees on the west coast of Costa Rica. The termites stay in tunnels built from the ground up the tree trunk so they were not visible. 1359
13 There were many roadside markets along the highway on the way to Quepos. These hammocks were at a souvenir shop at the bridge of the Tárcoles River where we stopped to see  the crocodiles.

There were many roadside markets along the highway on the way to Quepos. These hammocks were at a souvenir shop at the bridge of the Tárcoles River where we stopped to see the crocodiles.

There were many roadside markets along the highway on the way to Quepos. These hammocks were at a souvenir shop at the bridge of the Tárcoles River where we stopped to see the crocodiles. 1041
14 A roadside souvenir stand next to the river with the crocodiles.

A roadside souvenir stand next to the river with the crocodiles.

A roadside souvenir stand next to the river with the crocodiles. 1145
15 People photographed American Crocodiles from this narrow  bridge above the Tárcoles River. It was a bit unnerving when large buses or trucks whizzed by. That big bus didn't stop to let the people get out and take photos! That is why we didn't want to ...

People photographed American Crocodiles from this narrow bridge above the Tárcoles River. It was a bit unnerving when large buses or trucks whizzed by. That big bus didn't stop to let the people get out and take photos! That is why we didn't want to ...

People photographed American Crocodiles from this narrow bridge above the Tárcoles River. It was a bit unnerving when large buses or trucks whizzed by. That big bus didn't stop to let the people get out and take photos! That is why we didn't want to take a regular tour! 1184
16 There were many <b>American Crocodiles</b> sunning themselves on the bank of the Tárcoles River. We wondered how many were under the water when we saw a few poke their nostrils up above the surface to breathe!

There were many American Crocodiles sunning themselves on the bank of the Tárcoles River. We wondered how many were under the water when we saw a few poke their nostrils up above the surface to breathe!

There were many American Crocodiles sunning themselves on the bank of the Tárcoles River. We wondered how many were under the water when we saw a few poke their nostrils up above the surface to breathe! 1148
17 <b>American Crocodile</b>
"Cocodrilo"
<em>Crocodylus acutus</em>
Tárcoles River, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

We had a great view of these huge animals from the highway bridge. They looked quite lethargic, but can move at great bursts of speed for ...

American Crocodile "Cocodrilo" Crocodylus acutus Tárcoles River, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 We had a great view of these huge animals from the highway bridge. They looked quite lethargic, but can move at great bursts of speed for ...

American Crocodile "Cocodrilo" Crocodylus acutus Tárcoles River, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 We had a great view of these huge animals from the highway bridge. They looked quite lethargic, but can move at great bursts of speed for a short distance. 1570
18 This huge Crocodile opened its jaws in an attempt to cool off as it basked in the hot, tropical sun. I made an "Open Wide!" sign with this photo for my dental hygenist! :)

This huge Crocodile opened its jaws in an attempt to cool off as it basked in the hot, tropical sun. I made an "Open Wide!" sign with this photo for my dental hygenist! :)

This huge Crocodile opened its jaws in an attempt to cool off as it basked in the hot, tropical sun. I made an "Open Wide!" sign with this photo for my dental hygenist! :) 2023
19 I had to quickly snap this photo of Costa Rican Cowboys through the bus window as we drove down the highway. If I had been a second or two quicker, I would have avoided the fence post!

I had to quickly snap this photo of Costa Rican Cowboys through the bus window as we drove down the highway. If I had been a second or two quicker, I would have avoided the fence post!

I had to quickly snap this photo of Costa Rican Cowboys through the bus window as we drove down the highway. If I had been a second or two quicker, I would have avoided the fence post! 1074
20 This was our first close view of the Pacific Ocean. We stopped at this cliff to get some shots of the waves breaking on the rocks. We were happy to see a flock of pelicans passing by. Even more exciting was a flock of Scarlet Macaws in a group of trees...

This was our first close view of the Pacific Ocean. We stopped at this cliff to get some shots of the waves breaking on the rocks. We were happy to see a flock of pelicans passing by. Even more exciting was a flock of Scarlet Macaws in a group of trees...

This was our first close view of the Pacific Ocean. We stopped at this cliff to get some shots of the waves breaking on the rocks. We were happy to see a flock of pelicans passing by. Even more exciting was a flock of Scarlet Macaws in a group of trees high on a hill across the highway! 984
21 Our driver Jason holding a fuzzy kapok seed pod. The light, fuzzy seeds filled the air like snow when a strong breeze blew off the ocean. Long ago the fluff was used in life jackets.

Our driver Jason holding a fuzzy kapok seed pod. The light, fuzzy seeds filled the air like snow when a strong breeze blew off the ocean. Long ago the fluff was used in life jackets.

Our driver Jason holding a fuzzy kapok seed pod. The light, fuzzy seeds filled the air like snow when a strong breeze blew off the ocean. Long ago the fluff was used in life jackets. 1130
22 <b>Scarlet Macaw</b>
"Guacamaya Roja"
<em>Ara macao</em>
Near Tárcoles, west coast of Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011

We were thrilled to get so close to a flock of wild macaws eating fruits from a palm tree! These beautiful birds look like "flying ra...

Scarlet Macaw "Guacamaya Roja" Ara macao Near Tárcoles, west coast of Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 We were thrilled to get so close to a flock of wild macaws eating fruits from a palm tree! These beautiful birds look like "flying ra...

Scarlet Macaw "Guacamaya Roja" Ara macao Near Tárcoles, west coast of Costa Rica Feb. 28, 2011 We were thrilled to get so close to a flock of wild macaws eating fruits from a palm tree! These beautiful birds look like "flying rainbows" due to their colorful feathers! 2300
23 A Scarlet macaw in a tree.

A Scarlet macaw in a tree.

A Scarlet macaw in a tree. 1160
24 We stopped at a roadside restaurant called "Steve and Lisa's" on the way to Quepos. I decided to try the seafood and rice. I was amazed when the waitress brought this HUGE mound of food and placed the plate in front of me! There was no way I could poss...

We stopped at a roadside restaurant called "Steve and Lisa's" on the way to Quepos. I decided to try the seafood and rice. I was amazed when the waitress brought this HUGE mound of food and placed the plate in front of me! There was no way I could poss...

We stopped at a roadside restaurant called "Steve and Lisa's" on the way to Quepos. I decided to try the seafood and rice. I was amazed when the waitress brought this HUGE mound of food and placed the plate in front of me! There was no way I could possibly eat that much food! I ended up picking out the rock lobster, squid, octopus tentacles, shrimp and clams. The rice so filling I didn't eat much of it and I didn't touch the french fries! 1189
25 My seafood and rice dish had quite an assortment of marine creatures to sample! There was a rock lobster (legs visible), small squid, octopus tentacles, clams, shrimp and others. Yum!

My seafood and rice dish had quite an assortment of marine creatures to sample! There was a rock lobster (legs visible), small squid, octopus tentacles, clams, shrimp and others. Yum!

My seafood and rice dish had quite an assortment of marine creatures to sample! There was a rock lobster (legs visible), small squid, octopus tentacles, clams, shrimp and others. Yum! 1170
26 These Papayas were growing on a tree outside the restaurant.

These Papayas were growing on a tree outside the restaurant.

These Papayas were growing on a tree outside the restaurant. 1035
27 The west coast of Costa Rica had many Oil Palm plantations. The oil is used in cosmetics, food and many other substances.

The west coast of Costa Rica had many Oil Palm plantations. The oil is used in cosmetics, food and many other substances.

The west coast of Costa Rica had many Oil Palm plantations. The oil is used in cosmetics, food and many other substances. 1113
28 Oil Palm fruits on the way to the factory (shot through the front window of the bus).

Oil Palm fruits on the way to the factory (shot through the front window of the bus).

Oil Palm fruits on the way to the factory (shot through the front window of the bus). 1079
29 The Hostel Pura Vida in Quepos caters to young people from all over the world! "Pura Vida" is a common greeting in Costa Rica, roughly meaning "pure life".

The Hostel Pura Vida in Quepos caters to young people from all over the world! "Pura Vida" is a common greeting in Costa Rica, roughly meaning "pure life".

The Hostel Pura Vida in Quepos caters to young people from all over the world! "Pura Vida" is a common greeting in Costa Rica, roughly meaning "pure life". 1089
30 The Hotel Parador is one of the top hotels in Costa Rica. We were greeted with cool, citrus scented cloths and a delicious icy fruit drink (complete with a little cocktail umbrella!).

The Hotel Parador is one of the top hotels in Costa Rica. We were greeted with cool, citrus scented cloths and a delicious icy fruit drink (complete with a little cocktail umbrella!).

The Hotel Parador is one of the top hotels in Costa Rica. We were greeted with cool, citrus scented cloths and a delicious icy fruit drink (complete with a little cocktail umbrella!). 1067
31 This was one section of the Hotel Parador. The grounds had beautiful gardens and statues. One morning the large tree in the foreground had toucans feeding on the seeds, but we didn't get out early enough to see them! :(

This was one section of the Hotel Parador. The grounds had beautiful gardens and statues. One morning the large tree in the foreground had toucans feeding on the seeds, but we didn't get out early enough to see them! :(

This was one section of the Hotel Parador. The grounds had beautiful gardens and statues. One morning the large tree in the foreground had toucans feeding on the seeds, but we didn't get out early enough to see them! :( 1068
32 We got a kick out of this crocodile statue in the family pool at the Hotel Parador! I wonder how many little kids freak out when they see that!? :)

We got a kick out of this crocodile statue in the family pool at the Hotel Parador! I wonder how many little kids freak out when they see that!? :)

We got a kick out of this crocodile statue in the family pool at the Hotel Parador! I wonder how many little kids freak out when they see that!? :) 1117
33 The Hotel Parador "family" swimming pool has a crocodile statue in it! At least this guy doesn't bite! :)

The Hotel Parador "family" swimming pool has a crocodile statue in it! At least this guy doesn't bite! :)

The Hotel Parador "family" swimming pool has a crocodile statue in it! At least this guy doesn't bite! :) 1112
34 We had to break down and do our laundry when we arrived at the Parador Hotel in Quepos. We had so many pieces we put them in the shower with liquid laundry soap and stepped on them as we bathed! Most of our clothing is fast-drying synthetic material, b...

We had to break down and do our laundry when we arrived at the Parador Hotel in Quepos. We had so many pieces we put them in the shower with liquid laundry soap and stepped on them as we bathed! Most of our clothing is fast-drying synthetic material, b...

We had to break down and do our laundry when we arrived at the Parador Hotel in Quepos. We had so many pieces we put them in the shower with liquid laundry soap and stepped on them as we bathed! Most of our clothing is fast-drying synthetic material, but due to the high humidity, it took longer to dry than usual. 1046
35 We got a kick out of this "Slow" sign near the hotel in Quepos! It isn't every day you have to watch out for sloths and monkeys! :)

We got a kick out of this "Slow" sign near the hotel in Quepos! It isn't every day you have to watch out for sloths and monkeys! :)

We got a kick out of this "Slow" sign near the hotel in Quepos! It isn't every day you have to watch out for sloths and monkeys! :) 1210
36 <b>White-faced Capuchin
Monkey</b> 
"Mono Carablanca"
<em>Cebus capucinus</em>
Quepos, Costa Rica

We were thrilled to see this <b>White-faced Monkey</b> (Capuchin) jumping around in a tree at the parking area of the Parador Hotel! There are 3 ot...

White-faced Capuchin Monkey "Mono Carablanca" Cebus capucinus Quepos, Costa Rica We were thrilled to see this White-faced Monkey (Capuchin) jumping around in a tree at the parking area of the Parador Hotel! There are 3 ot...

White-faced Capuchin Monkey "Mono Carablanca" Cebus capucinus Quepos, Costa Rica We were thrilled to see this White-faced Monkey (Capuchin) jumping around in a tree at the parking area of the Parador Hotel! There are 3 other kinds of monkeys in Costa Rica: Squirrel Monkey, Howler monkeys and Spider monkeys, all of these are listed as endangered. We heard howler monkeys, but didn't get a good view of them. 2765
37 Many rainforest trees have buttressed tree roots to give them stability in the thin soil. 
(Photo by Ken Light)

Many rainforest trees have buttressed tree roots to give them stability in the thin soil. (Photo by Ken Light)

Many rainforest trees have buttressed tree roots to give them stability in the thin soil. (Photo by Ken Light) 1084
38 Kenny and I got quite a surprise when we walked down the hill from the Parador Hotel to what we thought was going to be the beach! We were greeted by rugged volcanic rock and breaking surf! There were lots of elusive crabs running on the rocks, I never...

Kenny and I got quite a surprise when we walked down the hill from the Parador Hotel to what we thought was going to be the beach! We were greeted by rugged volcanic rock and breaking surf! There were lots of elusive crabs running on the rocks, I never...

Kenny and I got quite a surprise when we walked down the hill from the Parador Hotel to what we thought was going to be the beach! We were greeted by rugged volcanic rock and breaking surf! There were lots of elusive crabs running on the rocks, I never managed to get a good photo of them. 1056
39 We were surprised to see these black and pink lava boulders on the beach at the bottom of the cliff below the Hotel Parador. No sandy beach to dig your toes into here! The trail to the water was fairly short, but very steep! The first time we hiked it ...

We were surprised to see these black and pink lava boulders on the beach at the bottom of the cliff below the Hotel Parador. No sandy beach to dig your toes into here! The trail to the water was fairly short, but very steep! The first time we hiked it ...

We were surprised to see these black and pink lava boulders on the beach at the bottom of the cliff below the Hotel Parador. No sandy beach to dig your toes into here! The trail to the water was fairly short, but very steep! The first time we hiked it we were wearing sandals, which was a big mistake. The next afternoon we went back down and got chased back up the trail by an approaching thunderstorm! Were my legs tired after that! 1053
40 One evening David ordered fish for dinner at the Parador, he was pretty turned off when it arrived head and all!

One evening David ordered fish for dinner at the Parador, he was pretty turned off when it arrived head and all!

One evening David ordered fish for dinner at the Parador, he was pretty turned off when it arrived head and all! 1094
41 My dinner was a lot more appetizing! :)

My dinner was a lot more appetizing! :)

My dinner was a lot more appetizing! :) 989
42 "Palo de sahíno"
<em>Caesalpinia eriostachys</em>
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

This tree was growing next to the hotel in Quepos.

"Palo de sahíno" Caesalpinia eriostachys Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 This tree was growing next to the hotel in Quepos.

"Palo de sahíno" Caesalpinia eriostachys Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 This tree was growing next to the hotel in Quepos.


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43 Manuel Antonio National Park is the second most visited of the 20+ parks in Costa Rica. It is the smallest of all the parks, but it still has a lot to offer with hiking trails, beaches, animals, volcanic rock, mangroves and rainforests. It is advisable...

Manuel Antonio National Park is the second most visited of the 20+ parks in Costa Rica. It is the smallest of all the parks, but it still has a lot to offer with hiking trails, beaches, animals, volcanic rock, mangroves and rainforests. It is advisable...

Manuel Antonio National Park is the second most visited of the 20+ parks in Costa Rica. It is the smallest of all the parks, but it still has a lot to offer with hiking trails, beaches, animals, volcanic rock, mangroves and rainforests. It is advisable to hire a park guide to point out animals and to explain about the plants. 1222
44 <b>Hoffman's Two-toed sloth</b>
"Perezoso de dos dedos"
<em>Choloepus hoffmanni</em>
Quepos, Costa Rica

Our sharp-eyed driver spotted this sloth along the road. It was the best view we had all week! The sloth was grooming itself with its front le...

Hoffman's Two-toed sloth "Perezoso de dos dedos" Choloepus hoffmanni Quepos, Costa Rica Our sharp-eyed driver spotted this sloth along the road. It was the best view we had all week! The sloth was grooming itself with its front le...

Hoffman's Two-toed sloth "Perezoso de dos dedos" Choloepus hoffmanni Quepos, Costa Rica Our sharp-eyed driver spotted this sloth along the road. It was the best view we had all week! The sloth was grooming itself with its front leg. We never saw a 3-toed sloth this clearly, they were just a ball of fur high in the trees. Sloths move very slowly. Their fur often has a greenish tint due to algae that grow on the hairs. Moths sometimes live in their fur! They stay in the trees except once a week when they go to the ground to defecate. 1728
45 <b>Stinging nettle</b> 
“Ortiga” 
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

We made sure we kept our distance from this plant! All parts have nasty spikes that break off in skin when touched.

Stinging nettle Ortiga Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 We made sure we kept our distance from this plant! All parts have nasty spikes that break off in skin when touched.

Stinging nettle Ortiga Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 We made sure we kept our distance from this plant! All parts have nasty spikes that break off in skin when touched.


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46 Unknown pink flowers Quipos

Unknown pink flowers Quipos

Unknown pink flowers Quipos 1113
47 Ardys Crescent Butterfly (maybe)

Ardys Crescent Butterfly (maybe)

Ardys Crescent Butterfly (maybe) 1066
48 Iguana 
Manuel Antonio NP
Quepos, Costa Rica

Iguana Manuel Antonio NP Quepos, Costa Rica

Iguana Manuel Antonio NP Quepos, Costa Rica 1052
49 Kris and Kenny on the Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. It was a big surprise when I learned that this beach was nowhere near our hotel! So much for looking at Google maps! I was also surprised that there weren't any shells, coral or even seaweed ...

Kris and Kenny on the Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. It was a big surprise when I learned that this beach was nowhere near our hotel! So much for looking at Google maps! I was also surprised that there weren't any shells, coral or even seaweed ...

Kris and Kenny on the Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. It was a big surprise when I learned that this beach was nowhere near our hotel! So much for looking at Google maps! I was also surprised that there weren't any shells, coral or even seaweed on the beach. I later learned that we couldn't have taken these out of the country anyway. I was surprised that the small lava rocks I had picked up were confiscated at the airport when my carry-on bag went through security! Photo by Willy Alfaro 1071
50 Beach at Manuel Antonio NP

Beach at Manuel Antonio NP

Beach at Manuel Antonio NP 1063
51 I found this coral behind the rocks on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. Fortunately, I resisted the urge to pick up a "souvenir", it is illegal to take shells or rocks from the park. When we went through the airport security I noticed a box o...

I found this coral behind the rocks on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. Fortunately, I resisted the urge to pick up a "souvenir", it is illegal to take shells or rocks from the park. When we went through the airport security I noticed a box o...

I found this coral behind the rocks on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. Fortunately, I resisted the urge to pick up a "souvenir", it is illegal to take shells or rocks from the park. When we went through the airport security I noticed a box of rocks and shells that had been taken from people's carry-on bags. The guard teased that they throw them back in the ocean! 1174
52 <b>Central American Agouti</b>
"Guatusa" (Spanish)
<em>Dasyprocta punctata</em>
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

These large rodents look like giant guinea pigs with long legs. They are quite common in Costa Rica. We saw this one on the beach at...

Central American Agouti "Guatusa" (Spanish) Dasyprocta punctata Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 These large rodents look like giant guinea pigs with long legs. They are quite common in Costa Rica. We saw this one on the beach at...

Central American Agouti "Guatusa" (Spanish) Dasyprocta punctata Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 These large rodents look like giant guinea pigs with long legs. They are quite common in Costa Rica. We saw this one on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. 1686
53 Unknown pink tree on MANP beach

Unknown pink tree on MANP beach

Unknown pink tree on MANP beach 1032
54 I liked the Pattern of the leaf and sand marks on the beach at Manuel Antonio NP.

I liked the Pattern of the leaf and sand marks on the beach at Manuel Antonio NP.

I liked the Pattern of the leaf and sand marks on the beach at Manuel Antonio NP. 1170
55 Pattern of snails

Pattern of snails

Pattern of snails 1101
56 "Horse balls" tree flower

"Horse balls" tree flower

"Horse balls" tree flower


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57 Horse balls tree fruit copy

Horse balls tree fruit copy

Horse balls tree fruit copy I never did learn the true name of this tree! 1673
58 <em>Cuphea appendiculata</em><br>Manuel Antonio NP, Quepos

Cuphea appendiculata
Manuel Antonio NP, Quepos

Cuphea appendiculata
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59 <b>Passionflower</b><br><em>Passiflora ambigua</em><br.Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park Costa RicaMarch 1, 2011

Passionflower
Passiflora ambigua

Passionflower
Passiflora ambigua


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60 Pink Pea 

Manuel Antonio National Park

Pink Pea Manuel Antonio National Park

Pink Pea Manuel Antonio National Park 1159
61 <b>Seedleaf</b><br>

Seedleaf

Seedleaf
This plant is also known as "Seedleaf", it is a problem plant in Florida.
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62 <b>Leaf-cutter Ants</b>

I loved watching these busy little ants carrying cut leaves and flowers back to their nest. They don't eat the leaves, but instead they use them to grow a fungus that they eat.

Leaf-cutter Ants I loved watching these busy little ants carrying cut leaves and flowers back to their nest. They don't eat the leaves, but instead they use them to grow a fungus that they eat.

Leaf-cutter Ants I loved watching these busy little ants carrying cut leaves and flowers back to their nest. They don't eat the leaves, but instead they use them to grow a fungus that they eat. 1371
63 I was delighted to see this large Click beetle (<em>Pyrophorus</em> spp.) at the hotel in Quepos. It was such a surprise to see the glowing areas on its thorax. It could turn the lights on and off like a firefly.

I was delighted to see this large Click beetle (Pyrophorus spp.) at the hotel in Quepos. It was such a surprise to see the glowing areas on its thorax. It could turn the lights on and off like a firefly.

I was delighted to see this large Click beetle (Pyrophorus spp.) at the hotel in Quepos. It was such a surprise to see the glowing areas on its thorax. It could turn the lights on and off like a firefly. 1438
64 <b>Mangrove crab<b>

Mangrove crab

Mangrove crab 1156
65 People aren't the only ones who enjoy crab legs! :) 
We saw these tiny ants cleaning out a Mangrove crab leg on the sidewalk at the Hotel Parador.

People aren't the only ones who enjoy crab legs! :) We saw these tiny ants cleaning out a Mangrove crab leg on the sidewalk at the Hotel Parador.

People aren't the only ones who enjoy crab legs! :) We saw these tiny ants cleaning out a Mangrove crab leg on the sidewalk at the Hotel Parador. 1148
66 <b>Banded Peacock Butterfly</b>  
<em>Anartia fatima</em>
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

Banded Peacock Butterfly Anartia fatima Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011

Banded Peacock Butterfly Anartia fatima Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 1692
67 <b>Crepe Ginger </b><br><em>Costus speciosus</em><br>Quepos, Costa Rica <br>March 1, 2011<br>

Crepe Ginger
Costus speciosus
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

Crepe Ginger
Costus speciosus
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011



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68 <em>Merremia umbellata</em><br> Quepos, Costa Rica<br> March 1, 2011<br>

Merremia umbellata
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

Merremia umbellata
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011



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69 <b>"Guaba"</b><br><em>Inga punctata</em><br>Pea Family<br>Quepos, Costa Rica<br>March 1, 2011<br>

"Guaba"
Inga punctata
Pea Family
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011

"Guaba"
Inga punctata
Pea Family
Quepos, Costa Rica
March 1, 2011



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70 After I had photographed the beautiful butterfly and wildflowers on the road leading up to the Parador Hotel, I met this fellow walking on the road. He spoke no English and I spoke very little Spanish, but we struggled through a simple conversation. I ...

After I had photographed the beautiful butterfly and wildflowers on the road leading up to the Parador Hotel, I met this fellow walking on the road. He spoke no English and I spoke very little Spanish, but we struggled through a simple conversation. I ...

After I had photographed the beautiful butterfly and wildflowers on the road leading up to the Parador Hotel, I met this fellow walking on the road. He spoke no English and I spoke very little Spanish, but we struggled through a simple conversation. I noticed his necklace, when I looked at it more closely I realized it was the head of a giant Hercules beetle wrapped in gold wire! It had jewels where the eyes had been. I learned later that they are supposed to be good luck! The man was very friendly and we enjoyed talking to each other. 1119
71 A close-up of the Beetle head necklace.

A close-up of the Beetle head necklace.

A close-up of the Beetle head necklace. 1226
72 I photographed these colorful dresses at a market in Quepos. I guess they are bought mainly by tourists, we didn't see any Ticas wearing them.

I photographed these colorful dresses at a market in Quepos. I guess they are bought mainly by tourists, we didn't see any Ticas wearing them.

I photographed these colorful dresses at a market in Quepos. I guess they are bought mainly by tourists, we didn't see any Ticas wearing them. 1080
73 We stopped at a roadside market where we saw these plantains and onions. Plantains look like bananas, but they are not sweet and have to be cooked or fried. Willy bought bags of Plantain chips for the tour participants for snacks.

We stopped at a roadside market where we saw these plantains and onions. Plantains look like bananas, but they are not sweet and have to be cooked or fried. Willy bought bags of Plantain chips for the tour participants for snacks.

We stopped at a roadside market where we saw these plantains and onions. Plantains look like bananas, but they are not sweet and have to be cooked or fried. Willy bought bags of Plantain chips for the tour participants for snacks. 1080
74 On our last day, we stopped in Quepos at the market for a while. I enjoyed seeing the people, such as this interesting man, at the bus stop.

On our last day, we stopped in Quepos at the market for a while. I enjoyed seeing the people, such as this interesting man, at the bus stop.

On our last day, we stopped in Quepos at the market for a while. I enjoyed seeing the people, such as this interesting man, at the bus stop. 1074
75 Another typical Tico gentleman at the bus stop. I had not done much people photography before, I enjoyed it.

Another typical Tico gentleman at the bus stop. I had not done much people photography before, I enjoyed it.

Another typical Tico gentleman at the bus stop. I had not done much people photography before, I enjoyed it. 1052
76 This small Shoe repair shop was located in the Quepos marketplace.

This small Shoe repair shop was located in the Quepos marketplace.

This small Shoe repair shop was located in the Quepos marketplace. 1006
77 Many places in Costa Rica have fantastic murals painted on the walls. This humorous wedding was seen in Quepos.

Many places in Costa Rica have fantastic murals painted on the walls. This humorous wedding was seen in Quepos.

Many places in Costa Rica have fantastic murals painted on the walls. This humorous wedding was seen in Quepos. 1062
78 Culture wood samples

Culture wood samples

Culture wood samples 1084
79 <b>Basilisk Lizard</b>"Lagartija Jesucristo"<em>Basiliscus basiliscus</em>Quepos, Costa RicaMarch 1, 2011These strange lizards are known as "Jesus Christ Lizards" because of their ability to run across the surface of water when they are fri...

Basilisk Lizard"Lagartija Jesucristo"Basiliscus basiliscusQuepos, Costa RicaMarch 1, 2011These strange lizards are known as "Jesus Christ Lizards" because of their ability to run across the surface of water when they are fri...

Basilisk Lizard "Lagartija Jesucristo" Basiliscus basiliscus Quepos, Costa Rica March 1, 2011 These strange lizards are known as "Jesus Christ Lizards" because of their ability to run across the surface of water when they are frightened. This lizard was on a tree at a restaurant where we ate lunch one day. 1149
80 Unknown beach tree at MANP

Unknown beach tree at MANP

Unknown beach tree at MANP 963
81 Unknown yellow vine

Unknown yellow vine

Unknown yellow vine 980
82 Vine purple flower MANP

Vine purple flower MANP

Vine purple flower MANP 1270
83 <b>Water Hyacinth</b><br><em>Eichornia crassipes</em><br>

Water Hyacinth
Eichornia crassipes

Water Hyacinth
Eichornia crassipes
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84 Unknown ground pea vine

Unknown ground pea vine

Unknown ground pea vine 1045
85 We saw this beach vendor selling necklaces at the restaurant in Jaco. She was the only "pesky" souvenir seller that we saw on the entire trip.

We saw this beach vendor selling necklaces at the restaurant in Jaco. She was the only "pesky" souvenir seller that we saw on the entire trip.

We saw this beach vendor selling necklaces at the restaurant in Jaco. She was the only "pesky" souvenir seller that we saw on the entire trip. 1052
86 This beach vendor was selling okarinas (clay flutes).

This beach vendor was selling okarinas (clay flutes).

This beach vendor was selling okarinas (clay flutes). 1119
87 Our last lunch was at this beautiful beach-side restaurant in Jaco.

Our last lunch was at this beautiful beach-side restaurant in Jaco.

Our last lunch was at this beautiful beach-side restaurant in Jaco. 1092
88 I had this delicious Salmon with pea vines at the restaurant in Jaco. The vines were crispy and sweet!

I had this delicious Salmon with pea vines at the restaurant in Jaco. The vines were crispy and sweet!

I had this delicious Salmon with pea vines at the restaurant in Jaco. The vines were crispy and sweet! 1000
89 The fresh fruit juice drinks were delicious and healthy!

The fresh fruit juice drinks were delicious and healthy!

The fresh fruit juice drinks were delicious and healthy! 1071
90 Do you know the way to San José? :) According to this road sign it is 172km from Quepos!

Do you know the way to San José? :) According to this road sign it is 172km from Quepos!

Do you know the way to San José? :) According to this road sign it is 172km from Quepos! 1057
91 I guess we should have realized we were in for an interesting experience when we saw this blue unicorn at the entrance of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla in San José! :)

I guess we should have realized we were in for an interesting experience when we saw this blue unicorn at the entrance of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla in San José! :)

I guess we should have realized we were in for an interesting experience when we saw this blue unicorn at the entrance of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla in San José! :) 1002
92 The lobby of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla is an eclectic mix of various art work. The owner is an artist and he uses the walls, ceiling and hotel yard to display his work. He changes the decor every 6 months.

The lobby of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla is an eclectic mix of various art work. The owner is an artist and he uses the walls, ceiling and hotel yard to display his work. He changes the decor every 6 months.

The lobby of the Hotel Corteza Amarilla is an eclectic mix of various art work. The owner is an artist and he uses the walls, ceiling and hotel yard to display his work. He changes the decor every 6 months. 1010
93 Kris, Gayle, Judy, and David in the outdoor lounge at the  Hotel Corteza Amarilla.

Kris, Gayle, Judy, and David in the outdoor lounge at the Hotel Corteza Amarilla.

Kris, Gayle, Judy, and David in the outdoor lounge at the Hotel Corteza Amarilla. 1079
94 We got quite a surprise when this belly dancer appeared while we were eating dinner at the Hotel Corteza Amarilla!!! I was afraid she was going to catch something on fire with all the stuff hanging from the ceiling!

We got quite a surprise when this belly dancer appeared while we were eating dinner at the Hotel Corteza Amarilla!!! I was afraid she was going to catch something on fire with all the stuff hanging from the ceiling!

We got quite a surprise when this belly dancer appeared while we were eating dinner at the Hotel Corteza Amarilla!!! I was afraid she was going to catch something on fire with all the stuff hanging from the ceiling! 1072
95 This cigar maker was working at a gift shop in the San José airport. It was interesting to see how quickly he worked.

This cigar maker was working at a gift shop in the San José airport. It was interesting to see how quickly he worked.

This cigar maker was working at a gift shop in the San José airport. It was interesting to see how quickly he worked. 1030
96 You have to pay to leave Costa Rica! We were charged a $26 departure tax before we got our tickets at the San José airport. This sign explained what the taxes are used for. Tourism is a major source of income for Costa Rica.

You have to pay to leave Costa Rica! We were charged a $26 departure tax before we got our tickets at the San José airport. This sign explained what the taxes are used for. Tourism is a major source of income for Costa Rica.

You have to pay to leave Costa Rica! We were charged a $26 departure tax before we got our tickets at the San José airport. This sign explained what the taxes are used for. Tourism is a major source of income for Costa Rica. 1130
97 We enjoyed watching the Central American landscape pass below us as we flew back home. These are two active volcanoes in Lake Nicarauga.

We enjoyed watching the Central American landscape pass below us as we flew back home. These are two active volcanoes in Lake Nicarauga.

We enjoyed watching the Central American landscape pass below us as we flew back home. These are two active volcanoes in Lake Nicarauga. 998

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