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Costa Rica is best known Central American tourist destination. Probably cause of expecting too much, but it ended as disappointment. Very hot and humid and way too expensive -- some things cost more than in Canada/US.

Probably the best part was urban capital San Jose with some remarkable Spanish Colonial architecture. World renowned Manuel Antonio National Park left to be desired: Overpriced entrance fee, way too early closing hours and overhyped wildlife -- never saw the sloths! Same can be said for Arenal Volcano which remained hidden in clouds the entire time. This leg was also the worst in respect to Intrepid -- incompetent tour leader, sub-par accommodations and brutal local transport (6 hrs in public bus with 36 degree Celsius temperature without bathroom break and no air-condition).

Still it would be hard to demise Costa Rica - just don't expect what pictures in made-up tour brochures filled with happy tanned bodies zip-lining in rainforest jungles paint. And Sunsets in Manuel Antonio are still very special.
Arenal WaterfallArenal Window FrameLa Fortuna Ecological ReserveManuel Antonio Entrance TableManuel Antonio BeachWhite Headed CapuchinCapuchin FamilyPlaya Espadilla PanoramaPlaya Espadilla PanoramaManuel Antonio SunsetManuel Antonio SunsetSendero Punta CatedralArtisan Crafts and PotteryPeasant Farmer SculpturesMuseo de los NiñosSan Jose Spanish ChurchNational Museum in San JoseNational Museum in San JosePlaza De Las ArtesPuerto Viejo Beachfront