Exploring Costa Rica - My Family Travels

In April 2011 I traveled to Costa Rica with my aunt and her non-profit organization Finding Mona Lisa. When I first arrived there I almost got robbed by this man at the airport. Luckily my aunt was there to stop him. Immediately I was amazed with the scenery, there were palm trees all around the airport and it was warm. The next stop after the airport was to the hotel where we were going to be spending the night. The hotel on the outside was amazing. It looked as if it was meant for royalty and when you walked on the inside there were beautiful pieces of art work hanging up on the walls and nice interior decorations. We were so excited to see what our rooms looked like. When we got there it was a totally different story. Those rooms were disgusting! The floors were dirty as well as the rest of the room. I was afraid to fall asleep. So I tighten my hoodie so my face wouldn’t touch the pillow and I wrapped the cover my grandma gave me a around my body and tried to sleep. The next morning it was time to go to another hotel but before we went there we stopped at a mini zoo. Costa Rica’s favorite animal according to the instructor is the sloth. So she showed us two toed and three toed sloths. We also saw pythons, lizards and the most beautiful butterflies. Next they took us to our new hotel except it wasn’t a hotel they were more like cabins. It was great! They had big beautiful green plants and pink and orange flowers that just sat outside of your window. In the background there was a volcano with a thick cloud above it. The food here was incredible especially the fruit. The fruit was so juicy and sweet.

The next adventure was to see the volcano. We climbed this trail which had these remarkable plants that could shade an entire city with its different shapes and sizes. Just like what I saw at the cabin there was nothing but smog at the top of the volcano and it smelled really badly. On one of our last trips we had to go zip lining across the rainforest. I instantly was afraid because I’m scared of heights; they wanted me to slide across this thin little line across a place where gorillas possibly live so of course I was terrified. After they put my gear  on they pushed me down the line and I thought to myself I know how I’ll get through this ill just close my  eyes the entire time but as I was sliding down the line I said to myself when will I ever  be able to do this again? So I opened my eyes and I saw the beautiful green scenery that was beneath me. As i started to get the hang of it we came to the last line and it was the longest of all the lines we had to go on. As I was coming to the end I started to slow down too fast and I got stuck a little ways before the end. Now I’m scared and when I lookup I see a bunch of monkeys staring at me and I’m like aww man!  This was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Then monkeys started moving so i hurriedly pulled myself to the platform and got some water. The best part about my trip was experiencing their culture and trying things i would never otherwise do.

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