Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Heading to the volcano Arenal


Today we left Sarapiqui and the Selva Verde Hotel and headed for La Fortuna.  We had a great visit in the rain forest at our hotel (it is part of the only continguous corridor of protected rain forest running from the sea to 9000 ft above sea level), Tirimbina, and the La Selva Biological Research Station.

Here are some more pictures of the amazing days in Sarapiqui:

Bullet Ant Do not touch handrails!
Golden Orb Weaver

Night Hike 
La Selva
Butterfly Caterpillar

Butterfly Pupa

Butterfly Pair

Huge Antler Tree

Bridge at Tirimbina
Sphinx Moth

Visited an agricultural middle high school on the way to La Fortuna today (The Instituto Agropecuario Costaricense).  It was a great experience to see high school kids working on agricultural research!  They are a technical school focused on three primary thrusts, agriculture using sustainable agriculture techniques, computer science and Ecotourism!

Here are a few pictures of the school and some of the wildlife we found at Selva Verde and at the school:

Coconut Weevil - it was huge!

Here is where we left this morning

This is the entrance to the school we visited


Organic Crops 

Lettuce Transplants to be grown hydroponically in inert rock

Yes they have Saddlebacks here too (muy grande!)

Making Recycled Paper

One of the biggest trees I´ve every seen

Reserch Plot (rice in foreground!)

Meat production at the school

The National Tree of Costa Rica  - The  Guanacosta Tree

Tomorrow we take a tour on the canopy bridges and in the afternoon we´re hiking Arenal.

Wish me luck!

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