Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pura Vida

Last month I checked off a ten-year bucket list item - I went ziplining over the rainforest in Costa Rica.  It was as amazing as I dreamed it would be and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. 

Aside from the adrenaline of the zipline, the trip was filled with hiking, horseback riding, thermal hot springs, an impromptu trip to Nicaragua and scalping tickets to a World Cup qualifying match at the National Stadium.

It's hard to pinpoint what I liked best about the trip because the truth is, I loved every minute of it. I often like to check off countries and move on to other continents, but I would gladly return to Costa Rica and Nicaragua if I have the chance.

Here are some more highlights. 
Eco lodge in the rain forest
Volcán Arenal

One of many hiking trails

View of the volcano from our lodge balcony

Lodge grounds

Scenes from the lodge grounds

Arenal volcano in the background

The beach along the northwest coast

Impromtu trip to Nicaragua

Lake Nicaragua

The largest lake in Central America

Small town in Nicaragua

Gases from an active volcano

Monkey Island
Scene from Monkey Island

More scenes from Nicaragua:

World Cup Qualifier: Mexico vs. Costa Rica:
National Stadium in San Jose
Scalped tickets
Stadium lit and ready for the match
Costa Rica's team

75,000 fans

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