“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are.”
— Felix Baumgartner
One of my many joys of traveling across Costa Rica is occasionally getting to fly in the small planes for 20 to 40 minute flights and seeing this beautiful country from above and yes, learning how small I am as I look down! 🙂 I have so many photos from the plane this morning that it was hard to pare them down to just these 5 shots. I will use some of the other shots in the eventual photo gallery of this trip. We stopped in Tortuguero on our way to Limon. Enjoy the thrill of flying with me . . .
Not only does flying save me time and tiredness but I nearly always get at least one surprise photo on the little 30 to 40 minutes flights over Costa Rica. This latest flight to Liberia and back gave me many photos, but just two special ones today: The above photo of a very tall unknown waterfall with no roads around it! — My main prize! Saw it just south of Liberia and hope to find out its name, though I think it is isolated from tourists!
And again we fly over Atenas and I get a good photo showing much in Central Atenas (Central Park, church, schools) plus the roof of my house in the upper left corner to left of the little roundish cow pasture. The string of houses over the hill is Phase 1 of Roca Verde where I live near the bottom of the hill by cow pasture. 🙂
“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.”
~Wilbur Wright, 1905
Knowing from past experiences that the return trip by boat and bus to San Jose is more tiring and less of an adventure, I chose to try flying back this time and not that early 6am flight! 🙂 But rather I took the 12:40 afternoon flight – and here is
The Story in Pictures
The Tortuguero Airport Terminal. 🙂
Sometimes I think I live a charmed life getting to see such beautiful sights! (Even though my suitcase did not make it on our overloaded flight and is suppose to be delivered by taxi sometime this evening.) I love being “Retired in Costa Rica” and I’m still processing the bird and other wildlife photos from this Tortuguero trip – but coming soon!
Our 12-passenger plane from San Jose to Limon Costa Rica
Sansa Terminal in San Jose Costa Rica
I sat in the back this time to get off first in Limon. 3 of us got off and 5 more got on for the journey on to Tortuguero Costa Rica
Taxiing off on the San Jose Runway Costa Rica
Flying over the San Jose Passenger Terminal Costa Rica
Farms outside of San Jose Costa Rica
Flying over the mountains & national park Costa Rica
Caribbean Farms, mostly Bananas, Pineapple Costa Rica
Outskirts of Limon Costa Rica
Oil Tankers keep these filled as our main source of gasoline Costa Rica
One of several big docks in the Port of Limon Costa Rica
Typically Tin-roofed house in the very poor, mostly black, Limon Costa Rica
Limon Airport is a strip of pavement along the Atlantic coast Costa Rica
And the very nice though small Limon Passenger Terminal Costa Rica
This is all I can share about today (Monday) but I did a lot more with reports later. I walked 6 miles up and back the beach from hotel to downtown Puerto Viejo. Quite interesting. Photographed a lot including 4 or 5 different species of birds. Didn’t get in my room until 2 because last guests were late checking out. Got a massage on the beach to help me relax before my gourmet dinner of Sea Bass +. Exhausted and going to bed by 8 with a 6:30 AM bird hike before breakfast, then a slow day tomorrow. 🙂
My hotel is Banana Azulwhich is very nice and almost always full.