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Old April 26th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #1
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Mahratta's Showcase: Costa Rica

Hullo all:
I recently visited Costa Rica, and would like to share my collection of photos from this trip (mainly 'eco-tourism') to this wonderful country.

NOTE: some images use post-processing filtering techniques (the blue-yellow ones). It's my stab at being artsy

Our descent to San Jose, the capital, revealed to me for the first time the brilliant scenery of this country. The mountains first captured my attention - Costa Rica has 3 main mountain ranges. These were photographed from San Jose airport to the hotel.

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Old April 26th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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Looks really nice @Mahratta please post more photos
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Old April 27th, 2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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Thanks, christos

Being a coffee fanatic, a plantation was one of the first places we visited. Costa Rican beans are world renowned because they are grown in volcanic soil. Costa Rica only grows arabica, the highest quality bean for most preparations of coffee (robusta works well for espresso, however).

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Juan Valdez is a character that has appeared in advertisements for Colombian coffee for the past 50-odd years. Costa Rican coffee growers have a great sense of humour.

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We got a gorgeous view from the plantation's outdoor cafe:

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More to come!
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Old April 27th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #4
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Cool, I want to see some jungle pics! Did you go to Corcovado?
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Old April 27th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #5
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What an incredibly beautiful country! Everyone seems to love their trips there. And, my favourite Chiquita bananas are from Costa Rica!
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Old April 27th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #6
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beautiful pictures. I have always wanted to go there.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #7
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Thanks for the comments

Can't get enough of the view...

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Old April 30th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #8
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oh good pictures
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:37 AM   #9
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A huge attraction in Costa Rica for eco-tourism, Poas Volcano and its beautiful craters:

the secondary crater, while beautiful, pales in comparison to the first in my opinion.

Secondary crater / lake

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and the magnificent main crater

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Old May 2nd, 2009, 07:27 AM   #10
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Natural bouquet:

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Arenal Volcano, another attraction

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Old May 2nd, 2009, 08:22 PM   #11
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you had me at pic#1
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Old May 4th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #12
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Looks like a beautiful country!
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Old May 4th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #13
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Very nice scenery piccies there
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Old May 7th, 2009, 02:16 PM   #14
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Thanks guys.

I was tempted to take macro, even though I'm not a fan (and not exactly good at it either).

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More manly pictures next time.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #15
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One of the highlights of the Arenal area was the canopy tour we went on there. Some pictures from the tour:

but first more volcano

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now the tour...

of all the fungi to photograph...

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a waterfall visible from the hanging bridges...some of the pictures are slightly blurred since I was on a hanging bridge while clicking them.

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a panoramic view

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the view of the volcano from a bridge, with a post processing filter effect

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unfiltered:
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Old May 13th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #16
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Breathtaking beauty!!!
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Old May 14th, 2009, 06:19 AM   #17
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Great Pictures
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #18
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thanks for the comments, guys

A macaw

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from the bus...I need a polarizing filter

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reminds me of the Ontario health card picture for minors

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Coffee beans in hand (these are scrap, no worries)

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the colourful wheels of the oxcarts

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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #19
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Lovely pictures! One day, my hubby and I will visit the world renowned beaches.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #20
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just a few random beach pictures (@ Puntarenas) for you then!

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