Costa Rica 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest

From Arenal volcano we drove to Lake Arenal, and crossed in a boat. Then the drive over the mountains to Monteverde. All very rutted dirt road, not paved by the residents' preference to keep the traffic down. We walked through the cloud forest at Selvatura, traversing 8 hanging bridges, some over the canopy, then went to the hotel for a gorgeous sunset. Dinner was with ex-pat naturalist Debra Hamilton, who runs a conservation foundation helping preserve habitat for the Three-wattled bellbird.

The following day we let the "kids" sleep in while Manny took us for an early morning hike in the Monteverde reserve. Toward the end of that we (OK, a bunch of other folks, really) spotted a resplendent quetzl in breeding plumage. We went back for lunch with the kids, then zip-lines through the canopy at Selvatura - very exciting, check out the videos. Also at Selvatura we visited the reptile and insect museums and the hummingbird garden After that we took a night walk with guide Juan Carlos and saw huge leaf-cutter highway and nests, tarantulas, agoutis, raccoons, and coatis, among other fauna.

Next day we set off for the Pacific.

Boats ready to cross Lake Arenal
Arenal vlocano from the lake
Islets in Lake Arenal
Isalnd in Lake Arenal
Arenal shoreline
Arenal shoreline
Arenal shoreline
Arenal volcano from the lake
Reeds along Lake Arenal
Coffee growing on the hill
Flowering trees along the road
Coati Mundi at Selvatura
Coati Mundi at Selvatura
Cool leaf
The cloud forest
Flowers
Flowers
The cloud forest
What happens when you hit the shutter while truning the tripod mount
The cloud forest
Flowers
Flower
Flower
Australian fern in the cloud forest
Monkey comb
Flowers or fungus?
The cloud forest
Lichen
Ariana & Kathy
Hanging bridge
Ben shooting more photos
Looking up at the canopy
Collared Trogon
Vermiliad
Cool plant
Berries
Angelina flower
Berries
Trees intersecting
Zipline pair
Hanging bridge
The cloud forest
The cloud forest
Zipliner
Hotel Establo near sunset
Kathy in Hotel Establo room
From Hotel Establo
Sunset from Hotel Establo
Sunset over gulf of Nicoya
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Ben & Kathy with elephant ears
Manny & Kathy with vines
Flower
Mushrooms
The CLoud Forest
Looking down from hanging bridge
Eaten leaves
The cloud forest
The cloud forest
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Resplendent Quetzl
Emerald Toucanet
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbirds & Banana Quit
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbirds
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbirds
Ariana & kitty
Ariana & kitty
Rattlesnake
Green snake
Fer de Lance
Yellow snake
Butterflies
Tarantulas
Scorpions
Damselfly
Butterfly art
Butterflies
Kathy with stick bugs
Scarabs
Ben on zipline
Ross on zipline
"Tourists", a new weight measure?
5 tourists
Manfred gets his flowers
Ross, David & Ariana get ice cream
Sunset
Sunset
Tarantula on the night hike
Tarantual on the night hike
Leaf-cutter ants
Leaf-cutter ants
Soldier leaf-cutter: can hold up a stick in his mandibles!
Ariana with banana flower
Leaf bug
Spider
Choker ficus
Leaf bug
Tarantula
Rainbow
Driving toward the Pacific
Milk "truck"
In the van
In the van
In the van

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