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The most common expression in Costa Rica is "Pura vida," which loosely translates as "Life is good." We could see why...

 

To the Osa Peninsula

 

To Arenal Volcano

 

To Puerto Viejo de Saripiqui

 

To the Central Valley

   I T I N E R A R Y  
 

Thursday, 2/20/2003: Fly American Airlines through Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica. Rendezvous with Deb, who has been studying in Nicaragua, and stay overnight at Hotel Don Carlos, San Jose.

OSA PENINSULA:

Friday, 2/21: Fly Sansa to the Osa Peninsula (Drake Bay). Stay La Paloma Lodge (four nights) with trips to Corcovado jungle and Cano Island/reef.

ARENAL VOLCANO:

Tuesday, 2/25: Fly NatureAir from Drake Bay to San Jose. Transfer to Arenal Lodge (two nights).

PUERTO VIEJO de SARIPIQUI:

Thursday, 2/27: Picked up at Arenal Lodge by naturalist Alex Martinez and transported to his B&B, Posada Andrea Cristina in Puerto Viejo de Saripiqui (two nights).

CENTRAL VALLEY:

Saturday, 3/1: Drop Deb in San Jose for her bus to Managua and continue to Vista del Valle Plantation Inn in Alujela (2 nights).

Monday, 3/3: Return to Washington.