Monthly Archives: May 2012

One of the Most Intriguing Places on the Planet

This trip is definitely on my must-do list!

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After walking, climbing, walking, and waking up early to walk again, we made it to Machu Picchu: the Royal Retreat of the Incan Empire, destroyed by its own people in an effort to leave nothing behind for Pizarro and his pillaging Spaniards in their search for gold. Miraculously, Pizarro never found it. He never saw the beauty of this place. For generations Quechan families have lived in the shadows of the ruins, and some even in the ruins themselves. But it wasn’t until a prideful Hirram Bingham took photos of the place and claimed he discovered it, did the world even know it existed.

We arrived at the ruins in the morning, as the sun was rising and the stones started to glow. We took some great photos, and went down to the park gate. Even though the Trail Pilgrims can access the Park from where…

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A Different Perspective: The Arenal Hanging Bridges

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February 25, 2012

We packed up our things and left Poas Lodge around mid-morning to make the 70-80 mile trek over to La Fortuna, a mecca for adventure junkies and home of the mighty Arenal Volcano.  Mark, the manager and part-owner of Poas Lodge, suggested that we take the scenic route over to the land of adventure.  Part paved road/part off-road; it turned out that this out-of-the-way path was an adventure in itself.  Along the three-hour trip, we passed La Paz Waterfall Gardens (a must-see next time!), panoramic overlooks, quaint little towns, and copious waterfalls.  (Tip: Don’t forget to look behind you (unless you’re driving) to see waterfalls and vistas you may otherwise miss.)  By the time we checked in to the Lost Iguana Resort & Spa, we were ready to stretch our legs.  At the front desk, we were told that guests received a discounted entrance fee ($18/person vs. $24/person) to the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  Better yet, they provided free shuttle service to the park.

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