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Costa Rica's Jungle - Part 2

Covering the Rest of The Animals we saw in Costa Rica

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Saturated by our night hike, we still had more animals to see, including a couple that we see pretty regularly.

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Feeling tired? That's the sloths' influence. Don't let the momma and baby convince you to sleep 20 hours a day like them!

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Costa Rica's Jungle - Part 1

Covering the Animals we Didn't Cover in Africa (You know Jaguar like cats, and...snakes!)

Over four days, we went on four hikes, three of them guided. In addition to meeting more US citizens than we had since the USA, Costa Rica allowed us to see so many animals.

Top choice! We saw a black cat - apparently a jaguarundi. But you know cats; they are pretty stealthy and quick (read: good) and so we couldn't grab our camera in time.

But we could take pictures of slow things, like signs, plants and lakes.

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Taking the jeep-boat-jeep travel option (which involves no jeeps), we went from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Here we saw stunning volcano Arenal.

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On a night hike we say a grey fox.

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And an orange kneed tarantula.

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Some other funny living creatures.

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And we came {this} close a viper!!! There it was hanging in the tree above our trail. Cool (though not very photogenic).

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Trip's End

Montezuma's Gift


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Not much to report on the trip's end. When you don't do anything, you can't say much about it.

In Montezuma, Costa Ricka, we spent a week in a rustic cabin. (This means ants everywhere, spiderwebs in the dishes, and too many mosquito bites when you slept.)

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But we loved the ubiquitous iguanas, that we went to sleep to the waves crashing (except when we tried to call Covered California to talk about health insurance, as the waves were too loud for Skype), and the occasional howler monkey.

And we absolutely loved that we were celebrating our trip around the world, over 40,000 miles, and nearly 6 months long.

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Lima with The Fam

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Royals? Us? No, but it felt like that when Dave's aunt and uncle, and their family, showed us around Lima for three days.

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We visited the apartment where Dave's mom grew up.

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And the neighborhood of Dave's mom and her siblings, in Chinatown within Lima, Peru.

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The streets were filled with kids and parents back-to-school-shopping. Our group looked at the toys.

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Peruvians have a sweet tooth. If you have had a Chicha, you know what I mean. Here is us at a dessert shop, after we had gorged on delicious Chinese food.

I am sure you wouldn't agree, but my dad sort of think this kid looks like Dave...

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The beach was fine.

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And the crabs were abundant. Here the diver dove the natural way, using rocks as weights.

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It worked! He got a catch.

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Like flip books? Scroll these pictures to see the daily touristic reenactment of the Friar who, as we heard it, leapt into the water years ago to save a boy.

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I will say that some of the thunder was stolen when we saw the actor arrive in his modern clothing, but it was fun nonetheless.

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Big Birds and Hikes

Andean Condor in the Colca Canyon

Dave and I couldn't get enough hiking on our trip, so we decided to hike, and sleep in, the second deepest canyon in the world (neighbor to the first deepest canyon in the world).

First, we celebrated my birthday in Cusco.

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Then, Dave and I started a three day excursion near Arequipa, Peru, with thirteen others tourists.

Being that we were in Peru, we definitely saw llamas and alpacas, and the baby llama too (bred for clothing).

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And we also saw vicunas, with their very pretty golden fur.

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Who took one look at us, and got out of dodge.

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We were lucky enough to see 8 Andean Condor, with a wingspan of 10.5 (fifth largest in the world).

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Adult condors had white wings...

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Here is the juvie...

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We took about 2.5 hours hiking down and then 4 hours hiking up the Colca Canyon. Dave was happy before he started it.

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We were super envious of some folks who went up on a mule, after these fine workers had carried our dinner down.

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The further we got down Colca Canyon as night fall approached, the more we could see its river, and also some of the illegal (e.g., familial) mining that can happen in the area.

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We had support on the hike, which was good since I was the slowest on the way up. Here are the folks (and their walking poles) that waited for us at the top.

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Before the hot springs we stopped at a church, and admired how the indigenous Peruvians incorporated foreign Catholicism into their culture, such as by adding hair and clothing to statues.

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What trip is complete without bird watching? Welcome to our new hobby...

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Posted by Equatorials 17:44 Archived in Peru Tagged arequipa Comments (0)

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