Day 7, Saturday 08/08/09

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
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Trip End Aug 29, 2009


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday we woke up early for breakfast at our hotel because we were being picked up for ziplines at 7am. It took about 15 minutes of driving on a windy/bumpy dirt road to get there.

We were put into harnesses, given some instructions, then immediately attached to a short zip line and we zipped down to the next platform. There were 14 zip lines in all, 2 of which were extremely long (1/3 to 1/2 mile long maybe?) and went over a huge canyon filled with greenery. In the middle of the tour there was a "tarzan swing." We climbed stairs to a platform 40 feet off the ground and were attached to a rope that was likely about 35 feet long and swung into a clearing.

After the zipline adventure (lots of fun!) we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon hiking to a waterfall. We took a 25 minute taxi ride (3400 colones each for round trip, about $7) down a huge mountain to where the nature reserve is. It took us about 45 minutes of hiking around trees, over rivers/streams and climbing rocks to finally get to the waterfall. (It was definitely worth the hike). We then decided to swim in the mini lake and jumped off the rocks near the waterfall. The waterfall was 2-tiered, the lowest tier at ground level to about 75 feet, the next from 75 feet to at least 150 feet. What a view! We were all wet and had to make our way back to the taxi before it got dark.

Once back at the hotel we showered, watched tv (Nacho Libre with Jack Black was on--in spanish of course) for a bit and then decided to walk back into town for dinner. Since there were of us (6 ISA students and our driver, Luis) no one was being decisive about where to eat (we had been walking back and forth for about 30 minutes and were all starving). Meredith (a student from Wisconsin) and I decided that we were going to the coffee bar and that others could come if they wanted but they decided to eat elsewhere. I had a mini ham and cheese pizza and a mojito and Meredith had arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) and a piņa colada. We then decided to try a typical Costa Rican drink, a Guaro Sour (and another piņa colada). The guaro sour basically tasted like lemonade-a little sweet, a little sour and definitely worth ordering again. Amazingly with the 4 drinks, arroz con pollo, and my mini pizza, dinner for 2 was about $12 each!

We then made the trek back up to our hotel and went to bed.

I took 2 videos of the "Tarzan Swing."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-NCw-a_oWs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X5cP77Wg80

just copy (ctrl + c) and paste (ctrl + v) into the www. box


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