see url Costa Rica is for adrenaline junkies. My first stop was La Fortuna. There is an active volcano there and I wanted to see the lava bursts at night. Not only did I not see the top of the volcano, I did not see the bottom either. It rained the entire time I was there. Aside from the volcano it is a big adventure sport center. Zip lines, bungee jumps, cloud forest hikes etc. Nothing I wanted to do in the rain. Moved to Monteverde. More of the same, only bigger and better (including the rain). Here they have the fastest zip lines, biggest bungee jumps, white water rafting and much much more. Again, nothing I wanted to do in the rain. I did go on a night walk, in the rain. We saw a green viper snake, some leaf cutter ants, some cool frogs and birds way up in the trees….so could only really see some color. Left there – hairy, scary little mountain roads, spent a whole day on a bus to get to the Caribbean coast. Of course I was expecting that lovely blue water, but here the water is brown. There are so many rivers that run off into the sea, makes for lots of silt. The sand is black – pretty neat. Costa Rica is so green – likely because of all the rain. I did take a tour of a jaguar sanctuary. They do not have any jaguars at this time, but they have sloths, monkeys, ocelots and many birds. This sanctuary works to return every rescue to their natural habitat. While there I did see on one of the red eyed green tree frogs . Their belly is yellow and blue! This area has huge banana plantations. Each plantation would appear to have its own housing for workers. The bananas are covered with blue plastic bags while they are on the tree – then I see picked while they are green, and hung under cover. I just found out the plastic bags are to protect them from the sun, bugs, and critters. Aside from the rain, this is not one of my favorite countries of this trip. It is far too developed for me. On to Panama.