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San Jose, Costa Rica

Last day in Costa Rica

overcast 26 °C

Friday 28 April 2023

Last night Victor said if anyone wanted to join him, he'd be out looking for birds in the gardens at 06.00. I was awake early but took my time and it was 06.10 when I joined him and a small group. I came at just the right time because he'd spotted some toucans in the distance. As we watched they flew closer, to a tree in the garden. They are beautiful birds and it was wonderful to see them in flight.

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I left the others to continue their bird watching and went for an early breakfast. I'd had a shower but was already hot and sweaty. After breakfast I walked back to my room the long way, along a winding path through the gardens. I had to reorganise my bag and try to make everything fit in again. After stacking all the bags in the back of the bus we departed the Arenal Kioro hotel at 08.30.

We drove for a few hours, going higher into the mountains to reach La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. The park has beautiful gardens, trails down to waterfalls, and animals. The animals are mainly rescue animals that can't be released back into the wild. The higher altitude meant that it was much cooler ... such a relief!

We walked through the large bird enclosure, then into a separate area that housed two small toucans. The toucans had been kept as pets and the park took them when they were no longer wanted, so they weren't afraid of the people walking through. They were really beautiful. Next we spent some time in the butterfly house.

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Outside the enclosures were hummingbird feeders. Although we'd seen many hummingbirds flitting among the trees and bushes you can only get a glance of them before they're gone. The feeders allow you to really see and photograph these tiny delicate birds.

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Then is was time for lunch, which was buffet style. It was really good to have a relaxed and light lunch after the three course lunches we've been offered ... and they had slices of pizza.

After lunch we had a look at the jungle cat enclosures. La Paz have margay (tree ocelot), jaguar, ocelot and puma. It's sad to see these big cats enclosed. The centre where they were formerly housed had to close when it lost funding and they were taken in at La Paz.

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We walked the trail down to the waterfalls. Lots of steps down to the bottom of the waterfalls, which means lots of steps back up. I found this much easier than yesterday because it was much cooler and not humid.

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We departed the park at 15.15 and drove higher into the mountains reaching 2,000 metres above sea level, where there was a mist hanging in the air. We even had a heavy downpour, the first rainfall we've seen in Costa Rica. We arrived at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose around 17.30 after driving through crazy Friday afternoon peak traffic.

My big adventure is over and tomorrow I begin the long journey home.

Posted by MissWalker 01:29 Archived in Costa Rica

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