Day nine brought us to the Carara Biological Preserve. Apparently, “carara” means “river of crocodiles”, and that must have been true because I saw a number of them. I also was in a group that was lucky enough to see the rare scarlet Macaw. Pretty exciting for us! After wandering through this park, we had lunch, and continued onward.
Our next stop was a place called Sarchi where we saw handpainted ox carts and other crafts. I’m not much for crafts, so this part didn’t impress me as much as it did others. My new friends seemed to love it!
Grecia, a metal church, was next and made for some interesting photographs. We got a number of good shots of all of us standing in front of it. Great mementos for now when we are all at home.
The Costa Rican coffee plantation was next. We got to pick some beans and sample the delicious coffee. I have to say that part of the trip was great. I love coffee!
Finally, we returned to San José. We were back where we started at the Barcelo Palacio. I was quite sad because this meant the trip was nearing completion. We all got to use the hotel’s amenities before our farewell dinner that night.
Dinner was incredible. Some of us even cried. The setting was romantic and so memorable. Food was great. But, for the most part, we were really sad that the trip had come to an end. Many of us felt we would have enjoyed another four or five days.
My friend and I retired to our room late that night, even though our flight was leaving the next day. We hated to go, so we all hit the casino one more time.