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May 10, 2003

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Since the borderpost it's easy to see that Costa Rica is much greener and lush than its northern neighbors. We see why this is considered to be one of the best places to experience the tropics naturally. But we're finished for now with trudging through the jungle in search of an ultimate eco-tourist experience. We won't hike today, however, we're willing to ride a horse or cling to a cable...
Riding horses around Volcan Arenal - when that volcano speaks it sounds like rock grating thunder.
In the rainforest the leaves hover a hundred feet from the ground. Adventure tours offer a zippy way to see the tops of these trees, by riding cables attached to platforms at nose bleed heights. We wear helmets to feel safe, but hard plastic won't help if we fall.
Nature's jacuzzi at Tabacon. Hot river water flows from the volcano and soothes aching muscles.