Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday morning's walk on the trail provided a few interesting animals to look at. We then toured the experimental Chiquita plantation where several sustainable efforts are under way. Here is a picture of the banana sorting, washing, and packing location. The local women as one of their sustainability efforts tell the story of the banana using a play. The process of planing and harvesting bananas was shown to us in the field.
Friday afternoon was a long drive to Puerto Veijo. Saturday morning we snorkled in the Cahuita National Park. The water was not as clear as it could be.
Here is a picture of a White Faced Capuchin. I won't show the pictures of the snakes.
On Saturday afternoon we transferred to Manzanillo where we stayed in the Las Palmas beach hotel.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday we left early by boat to the Corcovada National Park - a 30 minute boat ride south where we took two nature walks. One was before lunch and a short one after.
Here is a picture of two Scarlet McCaws in the trees.
Here is a picture of a Howler Monkey high up in a tree. If you look carefully to the left there is also a Scarlet McCaw.
The afternoon 30 minute walk was to a fresh-water waterfall and swimming hole.
Tuesday included a trip to Isla Del Cano several miles off the OSA Peninsula. Students snorkled in the coral reef and also swam at the beach. Lunch was served on the island. An interesting fact is that there is a pre-Columbian grave yard on the island. Grave robbers years ago stole most of the valuables while the island was not protected. There are still some graves un-disturbed but are now protected.
On Wednesday we reversed the transportation back to San Jose.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Everyone is back safe and sound from a great day of white water rafting down the Pacaure River. There were some class 3 and class 4 rapids today. We left San Jose at 6:30 am and returned around 5:45 pm. Breakfast was served at Exploradores Outdoors and we ate lunch on the river.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we are off to the OSA peninsula. The bus leaves at 6:00 am for the 5+ hour trip to Sierpe. We will travel by boat down the Sierpe river and out to Pacific Ocean to our accommodations in Drake Bay.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 31, Pacuare River 6:20 am LEAVE (Change of Clothes)
Sunday, June 1, Leave for OSA 6:00 am LEAVE (Flash Light)
Wednesday, June 4, Drive back from OSA
Thursday, June 5, Leave to La Selva Research Station, Caribbean (BRING MU T-SHIRT)
Monday, June 9, Return to San Jose
Tuesday, June 10, Class, Lunch, Class
Wed, June 11, Evals., Group Reports, lunch, Final Exam
Thur, June 12, Poas Volcano and visit to La Paz water falls (no swimming) (BRING MU T-SHIRT)
Fri, June 13, Free day, packing, Farewell Dinner
Sat, June 14, Depart CR – 0 dark 30
Today we were going to go to the Osa, but because of the Tropical Storm, we postponed the trip to Sunday and are spending today on Business Classes and team research for their final presentations. The weather seems to have improved and in a day or so the water should clear in Ocean, so we are optimistic that the Osa trip will be great!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Our plans were to leave for the Osa tomorrow (Friday) but - as always we have to go with the flow and have tentatively decided to leave on Sunday after the storm is over and we are able to assess the situation. Also we have tentatively rescheduled the white water rafting trip for Saturday. Since the rain is mostly on the west side of the mountains we feel certain that the rafting should not be significantly impacted. The river is on the East side of the mountains. We will continue to assess the situation.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday started by visiting one of the hydro-electric facilities that feeds the power grid for Costa Rica. Most of the electricity is generated using water power. We first inspected the man-made dam and then the machine house approximately 2 Km away. Water is dropped over several hundred feet over the distance to created more energy to turn the turbines. Students were able to see the turbines actually running during our visit.
Most of the students rode horseback down to the La Fortuna waterfall. 165 steps down into the gorge presented a great opportunity to experience nature close up. The problem was walking back up the steps.
As stated, Arenal Volcano is active. One of the recent eruptions left one side of the Volcano riddled with lava rock. The Arenal National Park was set up to preserve the site.
Sunday, we crossed Arenal Lake by boat and made our way to the Monteverde National Park which is a cloud forest. The roads are terrible to put it mildly. We checked into La Casona de Monteverde at the entrance to the park in anticipation of doing zip lines through the forest after lunch and of our night walk in the Monteverde National Park that night as well as the next morning. Weather (rain) made it uncomfortable for all.
After Monday morning's (6:00 am) walk we left Monteverde to return to San Jose.