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    Posted April 11, 2014 by
    Surrey, British Columbia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wildlife photography

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    Costa Rica impressions


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     speedy01 went on a guided tour through Costa Rica in March 2014 where he had the opportunity to photograph an array of native wildlife in the region. 'The most interesting animal I saw was their famous toucan. So colorful, so incredibly beautiful and yet strange looking! I saw them in captivity before, but to see them free and flying from tree to tree was a fantastic sight,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Costa Rica! Vida Pura is the locals say: “Pure life”!
    So true! No worries, no headaches and great climate, what else can a traveler ask for?
    I have been to the Pacific as well as the Atlantic Coast and in between; including boat adventures in the jungle, stayed in a resort on stilts, slept overnight at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, and traveled through the countryside by bus, what an adventure this was! As a photographer this county is Paradise! Nowhere else will you find in the same day, Crocodiles, Caimans, Iguanas, Monkeys, Parrots, Toucans, Hummingbirds and all sorts of wild animals!
    Being part of an organized Tour is a great way to see this country for the first time, they lead you to their most interesting places and their guides are excellent! They do speak English as well as some foreign languages too, some are veterans, having been guides for over 25 years!
    The boat Captains are also skilled at spotting wildlife, they can see tiny reptiles from hundreds of yards away and steer the boat there in order for the travelers to see them!
    Monkeys are abundant, Sloths too as well as their magnificent Toucans. Of course, no trip to the jungle is complete unless you come back with a picture of the small red poisonous frog! Amazing what nature throws at us!
    I have selected a few pictures for your enjoyment,
    Have a great trip if you decide to go there,
    Vida Pura!!!
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