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The Story of a Costa Rica Tour Group.

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Here is our guide for 13 days of Adventure!!!  Mario!!!  We are at a road stop looking at a street vendors wares.  Mario explains the mans strife and affairs with police shutting him down continuously and confiscating all his goods.
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Stop the Bus!!!  Photo Opp!!!  One dollar please...  No problemo!!! I'd pay 2 for this shot!!!
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Our Leader!!!  Mario...  takes us to a coffee plantation and shows us how it's done...  Yes, bean by little bean,,,  really!!!
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Our Leader!!! Mario... takes us to…
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Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica.
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Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica.
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Local Costa Rican Boys watching US the tourists!!!
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Local Costa Rican Boys watching US t…
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Here we are!!!  16 tourists from all over the USA going Volcano hunting!!!
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Here we are!!! 16 tourists from all…
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Well,  if it weren't cloudy that is where you'd see the Active Paos Volcano, spewing rocks and smoke
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Well, if it weren't cloudy that is …
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What the hell!!!  We're having a great time!!!  Who needs an active volcano???
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What the hell!!! We're having a gre…
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This is what the Paos Volcano would look like if we could see it!!!  Good thing that I took this picture!!!
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This is what the Paos Volcano would …
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Proof I was here!!!  Paos Volcano!!!
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Proof I was here!!! Paos Volcano!!!
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And the mist clears just in time for us to miss the 15 second view of the Volcano...  Well, guess we gotta go back someday!!!
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And the mist clears just in time for…
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Group mates Tony and Renee from California.  Hola guys!!!  Tony stop that!!!
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Group mates Tony and Renee from Cali…
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Ok,,,  this is the first of MANY great meals...  We have 3 squares each day of fantastic fruit, great fresh juices, vegatables, meats, rice and black beans and Costa Rican Coffee,,,  ahhhhh  the coffee!!!  Beers not bad either!!!
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Ok,,, this is the first of MANY gre…
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Local boys carrying firewood into their home before the rain.  We must look like a bus full of hungry curious monkeys..  no wonder they peer back.
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Local boys carrying firewood into th…
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Our tour bus!!!  18 seats,,,  Perfect...  Walter is our professional driver...  Thanks Walter for all your hard work...  Walter washed the bus every chance he got and he does the windows too!!!
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Our tour bus!!! 18 seats,,, Perfec…
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Hummingbirds and Waterfalls at the same time in Costa Rica is an everyday occurance!!!
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Hummingbirds and Waterfalls at the s…
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A local grocery store in Costa Rica... and lazy dogs.
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A local grocery store in Costa Rica.…
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One night we had a class on Wildlife and Bio Diversity.
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One night we had a class on Wildlife…
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We got to touch and feed BATS!!!
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We got to touch and feed BATS!!!
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The three stoges...  I'll be Schempp...  Mario and my roommate Richard,,,  Hola Amigos!!!
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Each morning at precisely 5:30 I get up so as not to miss our birding group!!!  Thanks Mario, Pauline and George for all your expertise and sharing!!!  Hey,,,  my eyes aren't open yet!!!
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Here is our Lodge for the first two nights!!!  Cool hugh...
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Local Lizards,,,
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Local Lizards,,,
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Pauline is holding up a flower called, you guessed it "Hot Lips"  !!!
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Pauline is holding up a flower calle…
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Our White Water Rafting River Guide "Alecxander"   Gracias!!!
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Lunck time with Bette and Billy up front...
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The main men!!!  Walter and Mario!!!
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The main men!!! Walter and Mario!!!
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Lunch table 2...  Marisa and Me up front...
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Pineapple Class!!!  Yes, a field trip to a Pineapple farm.  Jeff is our teacher!!!  He's from Texas,,,  was looking for a job, and well,,,
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Mario and Jeff explain Pineapple Farming.
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Here is Irma Acosta Elizondo!!! She is delightful. Irma comes from the Malekus people, who are indigenous to Northern Costa Rica. Unfortunately, there are less than 500 native Malekus people alive today.
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Here is Irma Acosta Elizondo!!! She …
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Willy the local Biologist, Me and Ken Ron who lives here and teaches English to the workers...
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After our Christmas Eve dinner Mario and Pedro (the other tour guide-different group) surprise us with their talents!!!  Christmas songs!!!  Feliz Navidad!!!
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After our Christmas Eve dinner Mario…
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The Staff looks on!!!
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The Staff looks on!!!
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Mario and Pedro,,,  Men of many talents,,,
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Christmas Eve 2004... A different kind of Christmas eve!!!  Sharing this one with Mario, Richard and Suzanne,,,  thanks for sharing guys,,,  and ohhhh,,,  Suzanne thanks for the GIN!!!
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Christmas Eve 2004... A different ki…
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Christmas Eve 2004...  A different kind of Christmas...  Hot, Humid and a few Mosquitoes,,,  strangely appealing!!!
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Christmas Eve 2004!!!  Me and our Christmas Tree,,,  a Costa Rica Christmas Tree!!!
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Christmas Eve 2004!!! Me and our Ch…
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Our Lodge for the first two nights...
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Leaf Cutter Ants abound!!!
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Leaf Cutter Ants abound!!!
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A two (not three) towed Sloth!!!
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A two (not three) towed Sloth!!!
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A two toed Sloth... along our path!!!
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A two toed Sloth... along our path!!…
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Willy,,,  our biological expert leader on one of the many canopy bridges we must cross...
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Willy,,, our biological expert lead…
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Willy and I on a Canopy Bridge...
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Willy and I on a Canopy Bridge...
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Richard and Willy (Richard was my roommate)  Thanks Richard, you are one hell of a nice guy!!!
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Here is Irma again with one of the local  working boys.
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Here is Irma again with one of the l…
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Our mission if we choose to accept it!!!  Aquire 5 items on our shopping list  from this food store speaking only Spanish and paying with Colones...
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A minute to peak into a local church...  Feliz Navidad!!!
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Typical Housing in the country...
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Typical Housing in the country...
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All 3 groups of 5 people (us) found and bought all the ingredients for a superb Christmas Day Dinner!!!  We prepared the food,,,  but the staff cooked it...  guess they didn't trust us...
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6 AM,,,  Bird, and Fauna Watching Again!!!
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6 AM,,, Bird, and Fauna Watching Ag…
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Toucan,,, makes me want a Guinness!!!  (Did you know that the Toucan is the Guinness emblem/mascot?)
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Gema!!!  A womens Co-op...  They make tea!!!  We take a tour here and learn how!!!
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Gema!!! A womens Co-op... They mak…
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Gema woman showing us how they grind the leaves into tea!!!
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Our visitation to a Costa Rican School!!!  Each little child takes us by the hand,,,  I cry...  (the boy Jean,,,  takes me)
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Jean Carlos and Myself...  A very special moment...
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Jean Carlos and Myself... A very sp…
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The Students put on a show for us...  Again, I cry...
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A bird in Paradise...
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A bird in Paradise...
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Vibrant Moments!!!
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Vibrant Moments!!!
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Making friends in Costa Rica... Hola Jean Carlos!!!
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30 lbs of Adorable.
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30 lbs of Adorable.
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The Family of our Home Hosted Lunch!!!  Hola Vargas Gomez Family!!!
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Renee, Richard, Me, Suzanne and the Family enjoying a great home made Costa Rican Traditional Meal...  Thankyou sooo  much!!!
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Renee, Richard, Me, Suzanne and the …
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Our Home Hosted Lunch Family and their house...  Adios!!!
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Walter,,,  this guy got us where we wanted to go!!!  Safely,,,  thanks Walter!!!
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Walter,,, this guy got us where we …
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OK,,,,,  6 AM  Our bird watching and exploring group grows,,,
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OK,,,,, 6 AM Our bird watching and…
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Checking into the next lodge...  That's my room (cabin)  Richard's too...
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Checking into the next lodge... Tha…
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Mario takes time to teach us about Volcanoes and How Central America was formed!!!
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Mario takes time to teach us about V…
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Lecture is followed by Music...  Mario,,,  you are a "Renaissance Man"!!!
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Lecture is followed by Music... Mar…
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Local Housing...
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Local Housing...
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Local Gates...
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Local Gates...
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The Oficina at the Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel.
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The Neighborhood Toucan???
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The Neighborhood Toucan???
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Herb and Dolores!!!  Remember the "Laugh"
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Herb and Dolores!!! Remember the "L…
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ToucanGary!!!!  Per George on our trip,,,  we saw 4 different kinds of Toucans!!!  This one is a Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan
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ToucanGary!!!! Per George on our tr…
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The Breakfast Club!!!
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The Breakfast Club!!!
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Richard and Jesse!!!  Jesse moved back home here after 7 years in NJ of all places!!!  Good Choice Jesse!!!
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Richard and Jesse!!! Jesse moved ba…
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Hola Atakan!!!
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Hola Atakan!!!
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Richard,,, you always crack me up!!!  Thanks for being so cool!!!
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Stephen and George (the husbands of those in the next picture)
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Hi,,,Pauline and Leslie,,,  Switch!!!
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Hi,,,Pauline and Leslie,,, Switch!!…
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Suzanne,,,  you are a character!!! You kept me smiling!!!  Gary
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Suzanne,,, you are a character!!! Y…
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Mario!!!  Renissance Man!!!
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Mario!!! Renissance Man!!!
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Bye, Jesse!!!
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Bye, Jesse!!!
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A moment to take it all in...
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A moment to take it all in...
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Tony and Renee...
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Tony and Renee...
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The Red Coats!!!
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The Red Coats!!!
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Picking Rice in Costa Rica!!!
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Picking Rice in Costa Rica!!!
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Juan Bautisto!!!  He was a teacher and now is a farmer,,,  We toured his farm...
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Juan is very proud of his farm!!!
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Juan is very proud of his farm!!!
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Pulling up crops in Costa Rica...
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Pulling up crops in Costa Rica...
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Now,,,This is how you cut a tomato!!!
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Pressing / Squeezing Sugar Cane to extract the juice...  Go Tony and Ryan!!!
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Pressing / Squeezing Sugar Cane to e…
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This is the fruit of the labor,,,  Pure cane juice (sugar water).
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Hasta Luego, Juan Bautisto...
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Hasta Luego, Juan Bautisto...
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Mario gets a cake for a surprise 28th birthday for Atakin,,,  Mario,,,  you are amazing!!!
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Mario gets a cake for a surprise 28t…
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The White Family  Happy birthday Atakan...
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The White Family Happy birthday Ata…
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What a cool bus!!!
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What a cool bus!!!
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Mario explains the hardships of farming.  Much of it is done not by Costa Ricans but by Nicauragans from the North.
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Mario explains the hardships of farm…
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Portrait of a Local Costa Rican worker.
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Leapin Lizzards...The feet give perspective, don't  you think???  Gary
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Nicaraugans on their way back home from the Holidays visiting family in Costa Rica.
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Reflections of a Costa Rican Swamp.
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Reflections of a Costa Rican Swamp.
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Jungle Cruise Backseat.
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Jungle Cruise Backseat.
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Border Monument between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
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Border Monument between Costa Rica a…
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Three's Company!!!
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Three's Company!!!
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Local Beer!!!  Imperial!!!
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Local Beer!!! Imperial!!!
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One foot in Costa Rica and one foot in Nicarauga!!!
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A picnic lunch on the border!!!
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A picnic lunch on the border!!!
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We invite some passerbys to join us for lunch...  They are going back across the border to Nicaragua.  (But decide to eat first)
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Playfull boys of Los Chiles along the Frio River.
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Boys along the Frio River.
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Boys along the Frio River.
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Holy Closeup Batman!!!
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Holy Closeup Batman!!!
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A white nosed Coati looking for tourist food.
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A white nosed Coati looking for tour…
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Guess...
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Guess...
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Jungle Shot...
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Jungle Shot...
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Costa Rican kitchen staff take a minute to smile for me.
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Star Fruit...
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Star Fruit...
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Thumbs up, always, Walter!!!
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Thumbs up, always, Walter!!!
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Mario takes us to a Macademia Nut factory and explains the production line.
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