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Our trip to Costa Rica took place in early February 2010 with Steven Easley as the local guide.  After the lengthy flights from the UK we stayed overnight in San Jose before setting off for our first destination, Savegre Mountain Lodge in the highland region of Costa Rica and about 2 hours drive from the capital. After 2 nights at Savegre we relocated to Rancho Naturalista two and a half hours drive SE of San Jose. Rancho Naturalista is located at less than 1000 m on the Caribbean slope of the mountains and provides a wide range of different habitats.   The next stop was in the cloudforest reserve at Monteverde where we stayed 3 nights at La Quinta Sarapiqui Country Inn and close to La Selva OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies) Station.   A move further south then took us to Arenal Observatory Lodge very close to the active Volcan Arenal. During our stay the volcano was continually pushing vast masses of hot solidified larva over the crater rim which then bounced down the slopes of the volcano. One large explosive eruption also took place at night and the red hot larva could be seen cascading down the mountain side.   Our final destination was on the Pacific coast at Punta Leona Beach Resort. This location proved particularly rewarding since it offered marine, riverine and forest habitats with a large diversity of birds.

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