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Arrived in Costa Rica a couple of weeks ago and have been seeing the sites. We have been to Liberia, Santa Rosa National Park which was fantastic. We camped on the beach and saw lots of wildlife round the campsite including crocodiles in the sea. Then on to Palo Verde which was just as good. At the campsite with us we had capuchins, manteled howler monkeys, agoutis, coatis, jaguarundis, opossums and collared peccaries that were huge. Then on to Monteverde which was very touristy and disappointing wildlife wise. We spent 5 hours wandering the trails and only managed to see a few birds. The next day we went to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve which was much better - less tourists so quieter and we saw the 3-wattled Bell Bird which is on the endangered species list. After quite a drive we ended up at Volcan Arenal which managed a little lava eruption during our 3 day stay but there was plenty more to keep us amused such as waterfalls, horseriding and hot springs. Then on to Corcovado National Park which has more snakes than you can shake a stick at. 2 people were bitten by a Fer de Lance the week before we arrived. Lots of other wildlife there though, even at the campsite Tayras and Tapirs are common. We stayed at the rather out of the way La Leona Tent Lodge which was wonderful (safari tents overlooking the beach) but has a 30mins hot walk along the beach to reach it - do not attempt carrying a heavy rucksack. Now in Tapanti National Park we are relaxing at the hot springs and doing a few leisurly walks. Next we are off to Turribala white water rafting with Tico Adventures who are fantastic and then on to do the Caribbean coast to see turtles at Tortuguero, whales and dolphins in Gandoca National Park and chill out in Cahuita before a beach holiday in Bocas del Toro and a spot of snorkelling.