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    Costa Rica: Zip among the treetops

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    Costa Rica: Adventure of a Lifetime


    We came back from our great Costa Rican adventure just about a month ago. To date, it was the best trip my husband and I took, because Costa Rica was full of excitement, beauty, adventure, and romance.

    To summarize Costa Rica with just a few pictures and videos would do it injustice. The country is teeming with so much wildlife and vegetation that you feel like you're stepping into a jungle book that is filled with beautiful pictures. There are so many things to do in Costa Rica, that we left still only doing a minimum, only having time for the basics.

    Of course, one traveling to the country of Costa Rica has to visit one of their many volcanoes, preferably Arenal Volcano, which we did. It is a majestic mountain overlooking a lush jungle full of animals such as sloths and howling monkeys.

    Later we partook in another Costa Rican tradition, an ATV ride to a ZIP line course through the jungle. This was especially fun because you get to experience the countryside and villages of Costa Rica by riding through them on an ATV and then you cool off by zip lining through the tree tops in the jungle. This is really special because this is the first time you get really close to the howler monkeys who are lounging around as you zip by them. Choose the right zip course, and you can encounter a small wildlife preserve, where you can have a special day with a couple of monkeys, some of whom you might have recognized from a couple of recent movies. For a small donation to the wildlife preserve and rescue center, you can have the privilege of feeding some Capuchin monkeys, which was lots of fun, and one really sweet spider monkey, who took a real liking to my husband. Also if you're brave you can handle a couple of snakes, which are not poisonous.

    Of course, you can't leave Costa Rica without trying some surfing. Some of the spots in Costa Rica, such as Tamarindo, where we stayed, are known for it's surfing. The waves are always plentiful and there is always someone there to teach you if you're a beginner.

    Our vacation was really fun and we wish we could've stayed longer, but alas all good things must come to an end. We wish someone out there finds this helpful in their upcoming adventure to Costa Rica or as an appreciation to the wonderful country that is Costa Rica.

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