ButterflyYesterday we jammed as much rainforest into one day as we possibly could.  In the morning we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and had a 3-hour hike with our awesome guide / biologist, Eduardo.  He knew everything about the plants, birds, and animals of the reserve, and we learned A LOT.

In the afternoon I went to a butterfly garden that is staffed by Canadian students who know all about the bugs, spiders, and butterflies of Costa Rica.  I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the various habits of bugs, and got to release a Blue Morpho that had just come out of its chrysalis – so gorgeous!

After that we went for a hike on the Selvatura Hanging Bridges, where we could see the rainforest from a different perspective.  No matter how you look at it, it’s amazing and so interesting and beautiful.  I highly recommend Costa Rica as a travel destination.  Well, as long as handicap accessibility isn’t a requirement for the traveler.  The areas we visited were not at all accessible, including the “ramp” at our hotel in Monteverde.  Although there was a sign indicating an accessible ramp, the ramp had at least a 30% grade and no handrails.  Not to mention the sudden stop at the bottom.


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