Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pura Vida

Hola! I am back from the beautiful, Guanacaste region of Costa Rica with a fading tan and new love for this country. Despite traveling during the rainy "low" season, we had fabulous, sunny weather most of the time. Of course I would be a little dissapointed if we did not see any rain in the rain forest, so I was happy to have a little downpour during our trek into the jungle for horseback riding and a thrilling ( = scary) zip line canopy tour. If you are thinking of traveling to this part of the world, go now before the Disney Cruise Line pulls in!

Surfers on Playa Langosta, just south of Tamarindo.

Swinging from the trees in Rincon de la Vieja national park. The first platform seems harmlessly low to the ground, but before you know it, you are above the tree tops.

In the midst of this river sits the world's most relaxing hot springs.

Horseback riding in Rincon de la Vieja. The last volcanic eruption was in 1998.

A colorful mosaic at our charming little hotel, Sueno del Mar.

An elusive howler monkey. So cute!

A view through the trees to the beach at the super luxe, Peninsula Papagayo.

Sunset over Playa Langosta.

17 comments:

a. said...

Welcome back!!!

Style Saves the World said...

Stop it. Please. I'm sick with envy.

Such great shots.

Welcome back!!!

Laura said...

Welcome back! Guess the weather here in Atlanta is not so warm and welcoming. Your pictures are wonderful.

Jennifer said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had fun. Did you swing above the trees ... or just watch everyone else do it?!

Things That Inspire said...

Glad you had a great vacation! You were missed.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Thanks. I am glad to be back and will be busy catching up on everyone's blogs. So much I have missed.

Yes, I zipped along with everyone else. Though, had I known how high it got, I probably would have just watched. Once you are up in the trees, there is only one way down. Glad I did it though!

Suzy said...

So jealous! It looks amazing. I have a Costa Rican friend here who's dreaming of moving home and opening a B&B with her husband. Hope they do so I can visit!

Wanderlust Woman said...

Some of these photos actually remind me of the rain forest in Puerto Rico I visited a few years back....wonderful shots!

Style Court said...

What an adventure! Great photos. Hope you documented everything in your journal. Thanks for sharing and welcome back.

Jessica said...

Nice to have you back! Your photos are beautiful and absolutely amazing. I hope you had a great time, now I want to go!

Habitually Chic said...

So glad you are back and had a fun trip! I missed reading your blog while you were away! You're photos are amazing! Makes me think about booking a trip soon!

The Peak of Chic said...

Yes, welcome home!!! Glad it was a fun trip, but with amazing views like that how could it not be??!!

design for mankind. said...

We missed you!

BEAUTIFUL photos; hoping you got lots of journaling in... especially in your hot West Elm journals!

SO glad you're back!!!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Yes, I did a lot of writing, though I must say, the cute West Elm journal did not function well. The first page came loose from the binding. Luckily all I had written on it was "Costa Rica 2007". I may need to add a disclaimer to my original post!

patricia gray said...

Looks like you had a great vacation...and I recognized a couple of the same spots from when I was there a few years ago. It really is a beautiful country.

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Oh, I am sooooo jealous! What an adventure! You are so brave!

Glad you are back!

Melissa

girl meets glamour said...

Wow!!! I may have to take a trip there myself. Glad to see you back!!!

~Kate