La Foresta

Trip Start Feb 08, 2011
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Trip End Feb 24, 2011


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La Foresta Nature Resort http://www.laforestanatureresort.com/

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, February 18, 2011

The indescribable roars of howler monkeys awaken us again; just like clockwork every morning as the sun rises they begin their morning vocals. If you have never heard them it is quite an experience, you can listen to them at NPR. . . http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92926828



 
 









 



 
It is a beautiful sunny day as we leave the mountains and head toward the coast, stopping at Sardinal near Punta Arenas for a bathroom break.  This open restaurant was furnished with beautiful natural wood tables and benches, each unique.  On the grounds Andres showed us a Cashew tree, the fruit of which is sweet, not unlike an apple in texture.

Turning back onto the Pan American Highway we notice the topography changing as we  move south, and we begin to see fields of cantaloupes, more flowering trees and parakeets.

Before crossing the Tarcoles River we stop and walk out on the bridge to see a congregation of crocodiles.  They are attracted to this spot by food scraps thrown into the river by adjacent restaurants, a practice not condoned.  Andres related a story of an earlier tour having the misfortune of witnessing the crocs taking down a cow that wandered to close to the waters edge, not a sight that I would ever want to see, it is a slow death.  These crocodiles are enormous and can move very fast when they are after prey.  These beasts kill many people each year in Costa Rica, mostly people fishing or swimming in unsafe waters.




 
 



Lunch, near the Tarcoles River afforded us our first toucan, two of them actually, high in a palm tree near the pathway to the river.  My photo is not well focused but hopefully you can pick him out among the palm fronds. 

 


 

 
Arriving at La Foresta Nature Resort late in the afternoon we walked down a charming flower lined path to registration which was housed in a tall thatch roofed structure I would describe as a large open palapala with several conversational groupings of comfortable chairs and tables.  Just beyond the registration area was the pool, with wooden chaise lounges and small tables and beyond that the open-air bar and dining room. It was quite a pleasant entry.  







As we walked to our room we nearly stepped on a large iguana sunning and perfectly camouflaged on the path.  He was not the least bit concerned and moved not a muscle as we passed by; we would see him in pretty much the same location each day. Our cabin was very nice, quite roomy and with a small refrigerator so we could preserve our chocolate for another day. Each porch had a hammock strung and rocking chair on the porch, perfect for relaxing and listening to the birds or viewing the beautiful gardens. 


  
We enjoyed a glass of wine sitting by the pool before joining the group for dinner, perfect end to the day
 


 
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