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14 January, 2008

Playa Langosta: Las Baulas National Park

Sea Turtle Work at Playa Langosta 
The entrance to Playa Langosta
sector of Las Baulas National
Park, where we provided
volunteer work assistance
working with sea turtles 
for four nights.

Facilities at Playa Langosta
Rustic sleeping quarters
in the trailer at Playa

13 January, 2008

Santa Rosa National Park

 Dry Tropical Forest Visit
Learning about the endangered dry tropical forest during
a guided hike at Barra Honda National Park. 

09 January, 2008

La Fortuna Area

Tropical Frog
A beautiful frog specimen discovered
in the gardens at the ecolodge where
we stayed in La Fortuna during a
night-exploration activity.

Hanging Bridges Private Reserve Visit
Stopping to take in the view of the canopy from one of the bridges of the
low-elevation rain forest at the 'Puentes Colgantes' private reserve
near La Fortuna in the northern zone of Costa Rica.

Coati (Pizote)
One of a group of coati's we ran across on
the side of the road near La Fortuna.

Introduction to Solar Energy
Dr. Karian providing a brief overview of solar energy at the ecolodge in La Fortuna.

08 January, 2008

San Ramón: Alberto Brenes Biological Reserve

Tropical Pre-Montane Forest Visit
A hike in the pristine pre-montane forest of
Alberto Brenes Biologcial Reserve
near San Ramon, administered by
the University of Costa Rica
for research and educational
purposes only.


Biological Reserve Hike
One a various hikes in and around the
biological field station of the Reserve.
These included tracking, bromeliad
ecosystem identification, and bird

Waterfall Visit
One of our hikes through the pristine
pre-montane forest at the reserve,
included a hike up the river
to a nearby waterfall.

Bromeliad Species Identification
Allison and Chrissy collecting a bromeliad for study of the aquatic species found within.

06 January, 2008

San Ramón: Finca Patriana & Farmers Market


Organic Coffee Farm Presentation
Receiving a presentation about organic coffee production at Finca Patriana in San Ramon.

Organic Coffee Farm Visit
Visiting the only Smithsonian Institute
certified bird-friendly organic
coffee farm in Costa Rica.

Farmers Market Visit
A visit to the farmers' market
in San Ramon, one of the
best in the country.

05 January, 2008

Poas National Park & Volcano

Group at Poas Volcano
The 2008 group during a visit to the Poas Volcano crater. This is one of the few
volcanoes where one can safely visit a volcanic crater.

Viewing the Central Valley from Poas Volcano
A roadside stop along the skirt of Poas Valcano to view the central valley of Costa Rica,
which includes San Jose and the other most important urban areas of the country. 

03 January, 2008

San José: National Biodiversity Institute &Park

Introduction to Tropical Ecosystems
A guided tour of the Tropical Park of the National Biodiversity Institute in Heredia. Here we were provided with an overview of the diverse ecosystems of Costa Rica.