I hadn't expected to fall in love with Costa Rica. I had been anticipating this trip with a mix of excitement and a little trepidation. This would be my first trip to Latin America, and I was concerned about everything from my limited capacity with Spanish to theft. Since this was a multi-generational trip, with 9 family members ranging in age from 14 to 79, all crammed into a van traveling hundreds of miles, I was also concerned about having adequate opportunities to take pictures. But it was also a fantastic opportunity. My wife's parents had been to Costa Rica numerous times and knew it well. They are also naturalists, and especially birders. A large portion of the proposed itinerary included various nature preserves, eco lodges, cabins in jungles, and spectacular locations. Also in our company were my wife's sister, her husband and their three teenage and college-age children, all of whom share an interest in various aspects of the natural world.
|San Vito, with the Talamancas in the distance, the day after Christmas, 2012|
|Iguana at the InBio park in San Jose|
|Jungle near San Vito|
|Dusk near Hacienda Baru on the Pacific coast|
|Capuchin monkey at Pino Colina|