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Costa Rica

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Punta Arenas, Costa Rica, February 12, 2009. Time to catch up on my writing. I'm writing this in an internet cafe in Acapulco, Mexico. In Costa Rica, Letty had organized a custom tour. There were 64 of us, 3 busloads. We first went to a place in the jungle where monkeys abound. Being a 'tourist' spot, the monkeys were friendly and accustomed to people. There was food available for us to feed them. This was actually a fun place to be. We then went to a planatation where we ate fresh pinapple, mango, and watermelon. Then the big part of the tour. We went to the river containing the world's third largest concentration of crocodiles. On a boat, we were on this river for about an hour and a half. A crew person, actually a daredevil, got out of the boat up to his knees in mud and called the crocodiles to him by flapping a dead chicken on the water. A crocodile approaches him, raises himself out of the water and snatches the chicken having just been dropped by this guy. What a sight, he did this 3 times with different crocs. I have good pictures of this for the whole sequence. After the river tour, we went to a local restaurant for lunch. Very good food, and was native costa rican fare. After lunch, it was to shopping places for souvenirs. We got back to the ship right before sunset, which itself was quite a sight this day. Costa Rica is a very nice beautiful country, a place to return to stay for awhile. Len.

Posted by Len Reeser 13:10 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged family_travel

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I am going to be going a a similar cruise beginning in April and I am very interested in how you and Letty managed to organize custom tours. I don't want to use the ones from the cruise line. Any suggestions?

by Teeuh

Teeuh, are you a member of cruise critic? If you are ignore the next couple of sentences, you know all about it. If not, go to cruisecritic.com, go the "BOARDS" page, and sign yourself up. This is an exhaustive message board for people to gather and share information. Message 'threads' are organized by cruise lines, and also there are roll calls; you can find the cruise you are on, and communicate to others. There may already be plans for custom tours similar to what you're thinking. This web site is fairly intuitive for maneuvering around, ask questions and ask for recommendations, and you'll get answers. There is a wealth of information there when you search for it. That's how we found who we ended up contacting. In Costa Rica, we used Okeydokey tours by Charlie Soto (okeydokeytours.com). Look him and his company up; should you communicate with him, you can tell him we referred you to him. His company was great. Good luck. Len

by Len Reeser

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