Piggy's last supper with the butcher, Golfito, Costa Rica

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Traditional Costa Rican ox cart - painted miniatures are sold as souvenirs

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Aerial view of Golfito, Costa Rica and the Duty-Free Zone

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Aerial view of southern Costa Rica and its rivers

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Golfito in southern Costa Rica was originally built as a company town for the United Fruit Company and its banana empire.

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Golfito, Costa Rica - LandSea Marina where Jacaranda is moored

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Golfo Dulce, southern Costa Rica after an afternoon downpour. The louvers in the hatch enable us to get ventilation below without the rain entering.

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Along the coast of Golfito, southern Costa Rica

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Collecting water during a typical daily rainstorm in Costa Rica - it's the beginning of the rainy season here!

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Jacaranda anchored in front of Casa Orquideas

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A beautiful private home built by an American, next to Casa Orquideas, Playa Josecito, Costa Rica

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Jungle at our anchorage in Rincon, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Linda at Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Hummingbird building a nest at the end of a leaf in Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Pair of scarlet macaws

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Pair of scarlet macaws

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Scarlet macaw

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Sunset, Playa Josecito in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Scarlet macaw eating an almond

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Bat Flower, detail, Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Bat flower in Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Pair of scarlet macaws - endangered and protected in Costa Rica

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Sealing wax palm in Costa Rica, imported from Malaysia

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Two viper snakes, Costa Rica - they're small but poisonous

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Fragrant flowers of the ylang ylang tree - the heavenly scent used to make Chanel No. 5

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Poison dart frog - one of 4 species in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Fuzzy Heliconia flower

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Casa Orquideas, a private botanical garden in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Mature and newly planted palm oil plantations - a major crop in Costa Rica responsible for deforestation

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Pair of toucans

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Interesting flowers and fruit of the Cannonball Tree

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Shampoo ginger - squeeze the flower and soap suds appear

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Guanabana fruit

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Deer, Manuel Antonio National Parque

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Bats sleeping in a furled ginger leaf - note the suction cups on their feet enabling them to hold on - Manuel Antonio National Parque

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Strangler Fig tree

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Beehive way up in a tree - the local honeybees have now hybridized with the more aggressive Africanized bees

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Jesus Christ Lizard - so called because it runs so fast that it can walk on water!

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Our great Tico guide, Nito, with his chihuahua, Coco Antonio from Sucorso Tours (Puerto Jimenez) who took us to La Tarde Ecolodge for a day hike.

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Jacaranda anchored in Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Parque, Costa Rica

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Costa Rican fishing boat in Bahia Santa Elena, northern Costa Rica

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Drake Bay - Osa Peninusla, southern Costa Rica

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Manuel Antonio National Parque in Costa Rica, known for its beautiful beaches

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Our pilot guiding us over the bar as we leave Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. With him was Bill from svMita Kuluu

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Beach near our anchorage in Quepos, Costa Rica

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House in Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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