We spent a week in beautiful Costa Rica, just South of San Jose in the foothills near Santa Ana. The Hotel Posada Canal Grande gave us great views of the Central Valley and the Volcanoes (Poas and Irazu) to the North. As this is our first visit, I took a somewhat conservative approach and didn’t rent a car to explore on our own and considering the traffic, I think I made a good choice. I was expecting high humidity and windy days in the Central Valley but I wasn’t counting on volcanic ash from Turrialba, which added to the haze on a couple of days, and one morning left our hotel room floors feeling a little gritty.
The tours were good from a non-photographic stand point, as we usually arrived at our destinations by mid morning but, we had fun, the Costa Rican people are friendly and try to be helpful whenever possible. We were lucky enough on our visit to Arenal Volcano to have a clear view of in but not so much when it came to Poas, which can be hit or miss when you visit it for the clouds seem to constantly roll in.
Unfortunately, we didn’t book our trip to the Irazu Volcano soon enough and it was sold out due to the recent eruptions of the Turrialba Volcano, that can be seen from Irazu. The important take away here is, when a place is new to you, you can always find something to photograph, like Flycatchers nesting right next to our hotel pool.