Internet has been week the last 4 days,so have gotten behind in sending this.
Our Caravan Tour!
Day 1: Welcome Briefing
Day 2: Visit Oxcart factory, Coffee plantation, and a Butterfly garden.
Day 3: Tour downtown San Jose, visit Wildlife Rescue Center, leisurely bus ride through the mountains to La Fortuna
We made it to San Jose Sunday afternoon in about 5 hours for a 150 mile ride from CoCo Beach. It is the dry season here, so not as green as would have liked, but was interesting with unbeknownst vegetation. We stayed at a nice hotel on the outskirts of the city. Had time for a nap before the welcoming meeting for the start of our Caravan Tour.
On our first full day of the tour we visited a factory where colorful Costa Rican Oxcarts are crafted and hand painted with elaborate designs and a shop where traditional Costa Rican handicraft were for sale. Then we were off to a 1 ½ hour ride to a coffee plantation. After a detailed lecture of how coffee is grown, harvested, roasted, ground, and distributed, we had a tour, sampled coffee, and had lunch. We ended day one by visiting a butterfly garden. After arriving back at the hotel we went for a swim in their large pool.
Our second day we headed north to La Fortuna, close to the Nicaraguan Boarder. On our way out of downtown San Jose we passed the Plaza de la Culture, Central Park, and the National Theatre. Next we visited a wildlife rescue center. Here they treat over 2,000 injured animals a year. They work hard at getting them well enough to return to the wild, if not, they have refuges where they take care of them for life. These are often bred so the offspring can be taught to return to the wild. A great variety of recuperating ones were not on display as such, but were in cages that resemble their natural habitat and so were often hard to see or photograph. After lunch we continued on north through beautiful, mountain country la Fortuna. We spent the next two nights at Magic Mountain Hotel at the foot of a dormant, we hope, volcano.