Subject: Costa Rica
After spending ten days in fascinating Costa Rica on a Naturalist tour with a small group of friends, I can only reiterate the joy in discovering the marvelous flora, fauna, and topography of this tiny country that was so well described in a recent journal posting. It was our second visit there; we would like to go back and explore the Pacific Coast region, especially the Osa Peninsula. This time we concentrated on the Caribbean rainforest side and the Central Highlands. Special memories include the tented camp on stilts called Almonds and Corals, in the rain forest but about 100 yards from the Caribbean sea in SE Costa Rica---listening to the howler monkeys, the crashing surf, and the rain as we snuggled down in our cozy tree-top tent. Also Tortuguero and Pachira Lodge -- howler monkeys, lagoons, canals, rivers, cayman, beautiful tropical birds and flowers, and, of course, the famous sea turtle egg-laying beach. Also watching Arenal Volcano spewing flaming rocks down its sides while lying in one of the wonderful hot springs at Tabacon drinking a guaro and tonic! Also eating lots of fish with garlic sauce at super open air restaurants, especially the sea bass and red snapper at La Selva in Manzanillo. So many memories of a great trip. I will send specifics of accommodations to Callie Black for the Travelzine hotel data base. Cheers, Pat in Baltimore