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Old 04-03-2008, 11:34 PM
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Finalized plans last night and I can't begin to explain how excited we are to go to Costa Rica! We are going for 9 days in June, and our arrangements include a couple nights in Tortuguero, La fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and San Jose and tours of the rivers, Arenal volcano, coffee plantations, canopy tours, waterfalls and hot springs, and a couple others too! We even got non stop flights! I'd love to hear some experiences and any traveler tips you can't find on line from those of you who have been. I'll be sure to take lots of pics! (Thank god for the new Xti!)
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LUCKY!


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I was just there this last Christmas. Sounds like a similar trip that we went on with Caravan Tours.
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Awesome I'll be there for two weeks in May for a Neotropical Herpetology course. I can't wait
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I was just there this last Christmas. Sounds like a similar trip that we went on with Caravan Tours.
We looked into that one but ended up going with discoverycostarica. They were really cool and customized our trip for us. A couple hotels and a bed and breakfast or 2.
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Awesome I'll be there for two weeks in May for a Neotropical Herpetology course. I can't wait
I'm gonna just miss ya! That would have been cool!
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It wasn't too expensive, you should join us!!!
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if you get the chance go to La Selva de OTS. Awesome biological preserve and research center. There are two La Selva's in the area,the other is a lodge. Also Monteverde is wonderful. I took a horseback trip from Lake Arenal to Monteverde and could not believe how beautiful it was.

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if you get the chance go to La Selva de OTS. Awesome biological preserve and research center. There are two La Selva's in the area,the other is a lodge. Also Monteverde is wonderful. I took a horseback trip from Lake Arenal to Monteverde and could not believe how beautiful it was.

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La Selva is where my course is happening. I've only visited the place twice before and for only a couple days at a time. I'm really psyched about spending two weeks there
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La Selva is where my course is happening. I've only visited the place twice before and for only a couple days at a time. I'm really psyched about spending two weeks there
Oh I am so jealous!!! I spent two weeks there myself. It is awesome. Be ready for gallo pinto for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

If you get a day off, try to raft down the Sarapiqui river. It's a short drive from La Selva and well worth the trip. Also, there used to be a bar within walking distance of La Selva where they had awesome karyoke on Thursday nights! That was over 10 years ago so I'm sure things have changed though.

Who is the course through?

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Probably the Organization for Tropical Studies. They are always offering tropical field courses for students.
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Organization for Tropical Studies runs La Selva, but OTS is a group of Universities working together for the betterment of science. I was wondering which University was the course through.
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Florida International University, I think. Mo Donnelly is teaching it (which I'm psyched about since she's a pumilio researcher).
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At Tortuguero, the most popular thing is the waterway tours. We stayed at the Laguna Lodge which was nice and had good guides, Franklin and Jason. Take a rain coat. If it is egg laying season for turtles you definitely want to schedule a night tour. They said there was a limited number of people that can be out on the beach while the turtles are laying. One little tour company in Tortuguero said they take people to see pumilio but when we asked, they said it was best in the morning so we didn't go out. On our tour we stopped by the Selva Verde Lodge for about an hour. There were some auratus around, and of course, a lot of pumilio calling. For just relaxing a little while, the hot springs at Fortuna are fun... a little "touristy" but fun. Watch out for the monkeys and raccoons at Manuel Antonio and get there early. Most places welcome tourists and the U.S. dollar, the people are wonderful and the food is good. Oh, and resist the temptation to buy a house and move to Costa Rica. Good luck.
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The course is offered through OTS. They offer a number of field courses and Mo Donnelly is the course instructor for the Neotropical Herpetology course in May. The deadline was Feb 15th with rolling admission afterwards. FIU has a presence at La Selva since Mo Donnelly and her student Steven Whitfield are doing herp studies there. OTS is a great organization and I would have participated in the course if I didn't have to proctor final exams that week.

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Have fun! I hope to go this summer somewhere...

Will you be exploring the forests for frogs?
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Florida International University, I think. Mo Donnelly is teaching it (which I'm psyched about since she's a pumilio researcher).
she gave a lecture at ucf a few months ago.. very good i wish i had more time to talk to her but i was on a tight schedule
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