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The golden toad, discovered in1964  in the Monteverde park, was only known to exist in this area. No one has sighted a Sapo Dorado since 1989, and it is believed to be extinct. The females are yellow, black and red, and the males are a golden-orange colour, the reason for their name. A lot of the Costa Rican frogs are so specialized, they have learned to survive in the canopies of trees by using the water that's deposited in bromeliads and tree trunks. This way, they don't have to descend to the ground and risk being attacked by predators or of their tadpoles being eaten by fish.

from the web

Extinct Golden Toad Sapo Dorado

Golden Toads - Picture from the web

Stained glass in Reception

Elaine and Gerry's bungalow

Beautiful Irid in the garden

Closer views

Hummingbird   PC

We saw lots of birds at breakfast time,  toucanettes, tanagers, hummingbirds and many varieties of  flycatchers


  In the Cloud forest

Unfortunately we did not see the resplendent quetzal in any of his incarnations

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Fern frond

Cloud forest

Strangler fig


Intrepid travellers framed by sunbeams in the cloud forest   MM


This is a shot looking upwards inside the hollow left after the tree has been destroyed by a strangler fig.   MM




Tiny fungi

Itching bark

Red aphids

Jenny and Rob



We had a free afternoon so a visit to a coffee plantation was arranged through the hotel by the Moyes and the Higgs.   Our guide was Juan


Coffee picker

Coffee berries

Ox-cart   PC

Riding on the ox cart   DH

Coffee beans drying

Fine stand of bamboo

Old machine for separating beans from skins

New separating machine

Coffee roasting machine

Where did you get that hat?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak    All about weasel coffee!!!




Crossing the bridge

Cloud forest from the bridge

View through the footpath


Dangerously in step   DH

George on a landing stage of the zip line

Another pretty un-named plant

We saw the Black Guan in the tree tops crashing about.  It is good to eat so when it saw us it kept out of range.   Peter also saw the Green shrike-Vireo and the Golden-browed Chlorophonia.

Photographer on the bridge   PC

House seen through the window

Mary and Katie looking at the plant above   DH



Poros seen through the bus window on the way to San Jose