This place was beautiful!! It was so big it required we call a hotel taxi just to get to the restaurant. We all wondered what was "really" going on here ... once a farm, it was turned into a hotel with at least seven huge building units.
You can see from the ground, it's VERY steep, but this morning we chose to walk back up to our room. The cactus in the background is taller than Patty!! Cactus????
The first stop the next day at the Cloud Forest was the Butterfly Exhibit. A huge building chock full of gorgeous butterfly-friendly plants and flowers, with thousands of butterflies. Here are a couple that have just hatched and are drying their wings.
There were also many hummingbird feeders around providing nourishment for the many who migrate here every year. Costa Rica is the end point for many varieties of migrating birds, including the Oriole which we saw and heard on several occasions. They were just too fast for a picture!!
Lunchtime!!!! Everywhere we went we were served the typical Costa Rican dish of rice and black beans with cilantro. This restaurant however, had only sandwiches ... wonderful bread with one small VERY thin piece of cheese melted inside. I would have added some type of lunchmeat, but didn't really recognize anything I thought would stay in my mouth ... the bread and cheese was delicious however.
After about number 7, we came to a 60' tower for the Tarzan Swing. I haven't done this before ... but it looked easy when the Costa Rican kid jumped off. What I didn't realize is that I was next!!! Although a little hesitant, it sounded like the same fun I had in the barn as a kid, swinging from the ceiling-anchored ropes. I'm sure I screamed bloody murder, but it was a kick in the pants!! After swinging for a few minutes, they grab your feet and slow you down. Surprisingly, MANY of our group jumped!!! Congrats guys!!! Three more zip lines and we were soaking wet from the rain.
Back on the road to the hotel ... yes we DID meet other buses and cars on these roads ... and we barely squeaked by. I'm sure Jason replaced those mirrors a time or two!!
If you are wondering about services ... here's the garbage truck. Everyone leaves their garbage in plastic bags placed in holders above the ground. One guy drives the truck while two hang on to the running board, jumping off to gather the trash and throw it in the truck. No automated stuff here!!
The flora and fauna were like I've never seen before. I won't bore you with all the images I took ... suffice to say EVERYTHING grows well in Costa Rica!!
As do the bugs ... here was a stick bug Patty found on the walkway. Although there was the occasional mosquito, we didn't really see any until Patty and I got to the Caribbean side.
Instead of the usual hotel fare, Greivin took us to his favorite pizza place for dinner. This is a marguerite pizza ... it didn't look like it to me either!! It was rather tasty however.
Back at our hotel we were honored with a spectacular sunset. There's nothing like sitting in the quiet jungle watching and listening to nature present itself.
However, we all hoped the Howlers would sleep in this day. We haven't seen them yet, but have heard them screaming many times. They must be as big as a house!!!