Palo Verde Parque Nacional Part II: Water

The boat ride from Palo Verde was amazing.  The best $50 we ever spent.  The muddy water hid all kinds of treasures and ferocious creatures.  The vegetation along the Tempisque River was home to monkeys, iguanas, and  numerous kinds of birds. Our guides came from humble beginnings–they were not your average tour company, showing up […]

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Great Green-Faced Egret

Palo Verde Parque Nacional Part I: Land

Writing this post and looking through pictures from this place makes me want to pack my bags and hop on the next plane to Costa Rica.  Palo Verde National Park was amazing.  It was by far the most wildlife that we experienced in one place while we were on our trip.  Our first day in Guanacaste […]

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Iguana in Palo Verde National Park

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica & the All-Inclusive Experience

The last leg of our trip in Costa Rica we stayed in Guanacaste.  We thought it would be good to wind down by the beach for a few days before we headed home.  We decided to stay at an all-inclusive resort for the first time.  Typically at an all-inclusive resort your room, food, beverages (alcoholic […]

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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica


During out last few days in Europe we stayed in Rome.  Our travel companions had already headed back to the states, so as an early anniversary gift we decided to absolutely spoil ourselves by staying at the Waldorf Astoria, also known as the Rome Cavalieri.  After weeks and weeks of creepy bed and breakfasts, too […]

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Street in Rome

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

While we were in La Fortuna, Costa Rica we visited Arenal Natura Ecological Park.  Our guide was really nice and funny, but the place wasn’t quite what I expected.  My preference is definitely to walk through the jungle and find animals in their natural habitat.  While we did see a couple of wild animals, most […]

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Red-Eyed Tree Frog