Thursday, July 4, 2013

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

This 34,800 acre (14,084 ha) national park in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica is home to an intriguing combination of volcanic geological wonders and pristine tropical forests. The main attraction is the smooth cinder cone volcano, Rincón de la Vieja (6217 ft., 1895 m), comprised of nine contiguous craters that dot the volcanic national park. This collection of volcanic peaks are the most active in the Guanacaste Mountains (Cordillera de Guanacaste), where major volcanic activity occurred during the latter half of the 1960's. The Von Seebach crater is still currently active, continually venting steam and the occasional volcanic hiccup.

Traffic en route to Rincón de la Vieja

Geothermal hot springs

Volcanic mud




A naturally occurring blue-tinted river

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mount Tolmie

Mount Tolmie is a beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree views.  On a clear day, you can spot Mount Baker far off in the distance in the US.  There are some short trails and a huge, flat topped water reservoir to walk on.

Mount Tolmie is located near the University of Victoria, Oak Bay and Beach Drive.  Its location makes it a popular stop before or after driving the beautiful Beach Drive coastal route and ending at Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Playa Grande is a beach town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica just north of Tamarindo. Playa Grande is internationally popular as one of Costa Rica’s best surfing spots as well as being home to Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, the nesting ground of the largest marine reptile, the Leatherback Turtle; the second largest nesting area for the Leatherback and Ridley Turtles in the world.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal is located in the Province of Guanacaste. It is one of the only Costa Rican Pacific Coast beaches with crystal clear water, similar to that of famed beaches along the Caribbean. The sands of Playa Conchal are comprised of the remnants of millions of crushed conch shells.

Collecting shells

Accessing the beach by car with play-by-play commentary from the kids.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Travelers say the beach at Playa Flamingo is one of their all-time favorites in Costa Rica: pure white sand, amazing Pacific Ocean views.

TripAdvisor, Travelers' Choice® 2012 Winner

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Howler Monkeys

Howler monkeys are among the largest of the New World monkeys. Fifteen species are currently recognized…These monkeys are native to South and Central American forests… As their name suggests, vocal communication forms an important part of their social behavior. They each have an enlarged basihyal or hyoid bone which helps them make their loud vocalizations. Group males generally call at dawn and dusk, as well as interspersed times throughout the day. The main vocals consist of loud, deep guttural growls or "howls". Howler monkeys are widely considered to be the loudest land animal. According to Guinness Book of World Records, their vocalizations can be heard clearly for 3 mi (4.8 km). The function of howling is thought to relate to intergroup spacing and territory protection, as well as possibly to mate-guarding.


Increase your volume to hear the deep guttural growls or "howls" in this video.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Golfo de Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo (Spanish: Golfo de Papagayo, meaning "gulf of the parrot") is a large body of water off Guanacaste province and the northwestern coast of Costa Rica.

Among the most popular destinations on the Gulf of Papagayo are Ocotal Beach, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Panamá.

Playa Panamá

Playa Ocotal