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¡pura vida! our costa rican adventure part v

28th February 2015

On Robbie and I’s last day in Montezuma, we decided to go to the Curú National Wildlife Refuge.  We were told that we would definitely see monkeys, which I had been wanting to see the whole time, so off we went.  And whaddya know?!  There were monkeys there!!  Best day ever!


This was the entrance to the National Wildlife Refuge…being from Colorado, this entrance was pretty underwhelming, but hey, pura vida!

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There supposedly were some crocodiles in this area of the park, but we didn’t see any.  Do you see any crocodiles in the picture below??  Ya, me neither.

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During our trip, the four of us collected soooooooo many water bottles, so it was perfect that Robbie and I found this bottle recycling box at the park.  They use the bottles to water the plants in the park.

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Robbie tried to get a little closer to the monkeys…I don’t think he was comfortable (and neither were the monkeys).IMG_7529IMG_7534 IMG_7539 IMG_7544 IMG_7546 IMG_7548 IMG_7551

The refuge even had its own beach.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have any towels or chairs, so we didn’t get to stay long.  Still, what a beautiful view!IMG_7555 IMG_7557

— Aubrey

¡pura vida! our costa rican adventure part iv

28th February 2015

After our time in Nuevo Arenal, the four of us headed down to the coast.  Our destination:  Montezuma.  Montezuma is actually located on a peninsula, so in order to get there (without having to drive 2 days) we had to take a ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera.  Once across, we had to drive about an hour to Montezuma.  When we got to our hotel in Montezuma, we realized that it didn’t have air conditioning and it was about 97 degrees outside…so that was a no go.  We looked around for another place to stay and, thank the Lord, we found Vista Hermosa B&B.  Our host, and the owner, was Judy.  She was awesome (and I wish we had gotten a picture with her).  IMG_7371

Quail eggs at Judy’s house.  Never got to enjoy them in one of our meals, but it was cool to see them.IMG_7384

Ryan and Jessica went horseback riding on the beach but before they left I took a few snapshots of their horses.  Here’s one of them.




One of the days we were there, Robbie and I decided to hike the Montezuma falls.  It was a pretty quick hike to a beautiful waterfall that fed into a pool of water.  There were people jumping off of the waterfall into the water, but I was too scared to try it.  It was fun watching other people do it though!


An ode to our fur baby 🙂

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— Aubrey

¡pura vida! our costa rican adventure part iii

28th February 2015

Our last day in Nuevo Arenal, the boys wanted to go fishing on the lake, which really wasn’t Jessica & I’s cup of tea, so we decided to stay back at the B&B.  The woman at the B&B was gracious enough to set us up with a kayak tour on the lake and so we got ourselves ready and headed out on the lake.  It was a great trip, even though we might have gotten sunburned 🙁IMG_7239 IMG_7241 IMG_7242 IMG_7247

Our guide, Jeff.  He was so great, and really fast in his homemade kayak.IMG_7251IMG_7257

After our kayak adventure, the four of us decided to go out before sunset to see if we could snap some photos.  Unfortunately, right before sunset it started to rain.  I guess that was our luck, especially since we were in the rainforest.

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— Aubrey

¡pura vida! our costa rican adventure part ii

28th February 2015

The second day we were in Nuevo Arenal, we headed back west to La Fortuna.  On the way there, we ran into these creatures, called coatimundis, which are basically Costa Rican raccoons.  They swarmed our car as soon as we pulled over because they’re used tourists feeding them out of their cars.  They’re kinda cute, but check out those claws!  Ah!IMG_7091 IMG_7107IMG_7111


When we finally got to La Fortuna, we headed up the volcano to do some zip lining and hiking.  I wish I could’ve gotten some pictures of our zip lining tour but there were no cameras allowed.  The views were incredible!  We were gliding over the tops of the rainforest canopy, which was amazing and pretty terrifying at the same time.

Before we zip lined, we went on a hike through the rainforest.  We crossed 7 hanging bridges, checked out some pretty sweet waterfalls, all while trying not to get too discouraged because it was pouring the whole time!  It was still an experience worth having, even though we were soaking wet the whole time.  I have to admit, though, that I was afraid that I was going to see a huge snake in a tree, which never happened (thank God!).

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The bridges were pretty amazing…and scary!  The would wobble with every step and they could only hold a certain number of people at a time.  But the views from the bridges were awesome!

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Robbie, his sister, Jessica and her husband Ryan.  Our travel companions!IMG_7186IMG_7194 IMG_7208 IMG_7218

— Aubrey

¡pura vida! our costa rican adventure part i

28th February 2015

In January, my husband and I visited Costa Rica with his sister and her husband.  Our first stop was Nuevo Arenal, which is a small town east of the Arenal Volcano.  The drive down there was long but the views were amazing!  We stopped at a butterfly garden, a roadside restaurant, drove across many bridges, and finally we came upon the volcano!

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We never got a picture of the entire volcano but we could still grasp the size of it, even with the clouds surrounding the top of it.


The volcano…such a massive sight! I wish we could’ve seen it without the clouds.


Finally, we made it to our destination, which was a B&B right on Arenal Lake and the views from our room were breathtaking!  We saw tons of different animals, mostly birds, and it was quite an experience.  My favorite were the toucans, they are so colorful and their beaks almost looked fake because they donned such intricate designs.


The view from our room in Nuevo Arenal


My handsome hubby on our balcony


The toucans!


A very large beetle, that I’m pretty sure was dead because I don’t think it moved once while we were there…


More toucans…the owner of the B&B that we stayed at would set fruit out every morning, which would bring in all sorts of characters!


— Aubrey