One of the many pastures at Sueño Azul. The long dormant Barva volcano is the distant hill in the background.
Hotel Hacienda and Spa
Sarapiqul', Costa Rica
Welcome to Sueño Azul Hotel & Spa located at Horquetas of Sarapiqui, Costa Rico. Quite the place with the resort residing on an ever increasing 2,000-acre private nature reserve where the Sardinal and Puerto Viejo rivers meet.
First we need to get there. It's a bit of a ride from San Jose but well worth the effort.
Almost there just need to...
...cross this bridge..
Made it. And now it's teakii time!
This resort is well grounded to the nature and land (and hats) around it.
Let's go for a walk about the place.
Cutting through this fence and.... "Welcome to Nicaragua!"
(just kidding of course)
This is what a Costa Rican park delineation sign looks like:-). This resort is next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the largest protected rain forest in Costa Rica.
A Tico (Costa Rican native) with a colt in tow.
The grocery store in the nearby town of Sarapiqui.
Really now, don't be shy. You must ride us back.
It is with luck that in certain times of the year it doesn't rain as much. Even though we are located near the rain forests. Go figure.
Rain Forest Ziplining through the Canopy
Up,up and away and into the tree tops!
First we need some gear.
Steps, way cool. Wondered how we were going to get up there :-)
Fly! Fly! Through the tree tops! Watch your hat doesn't take independent flight:-)
The cascades are relatively dry. No doubt it can really get cranked up with water in the rainy season.
In a rain forest, how do you keep your footing on decks and such? Why, you put screening on them of course. It's interesting that in other parts of the world ice might be of similar concern.
If you are on a stage.
In the middle of the woods.
And no one is around.
Would you need a hat?
Jungle Tour Time!
We need to get deep into the rain forest for the best view of the critters
And one on the ground.
This is a GIANT Ant Hill.
Ants at work
Walking Trees. They say they do actually move, though they are not much fun to watch in the process of doing so.