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Bella Vista RanchApril 10th, 2009

Here at Seascape’s southern headquarters, it’s the second cleanup day after a five-day paddling, four-night camping trip on the Nicoya Peninsula with a couple of Canadian clients, David and Rosi Jory. 

The Jorys chose to begin their Costa Rica experience with a pre-trip extension to the mountains north of San José. We joined them for two nights at the relaxing mountain retreat known as Bella Vista Ranch near the area of the Turrialba Volcano. 

BV HikeBELLA VISTA GUIDE JOSE (KIKO) LEADS BRUCE AND DAVID ON AN INTERPRETIVE HIKE OF THE AREA BELOW THE TURRIALBA VOLCANO AND NOT FAR FROM THE RIO REVENDAZON.

Bella Vista is comprised of a series of simple cabins linked by a raised walkway and set into a hillside overlooking the volcán and several other montañas. This special getaway is owned by Mark Shultz and Anabelle Solano, from the U.S. and Costa Rica respectively. Visits to the ranch are hosted by Anabelle’s mother, uncle, aunt, brother and sister-in-law, so the experience allows clients the chance to interact with a wonderful local family. 

Green BasiliskA RESIDENT AT BELLA VISTA, THE GREEN BASILISK IS REFERRED TO AS A JESUS CHRIST LIZARD BECAUSE OF ITS ABILITY TO SKIM ACROSS THE SURFACE OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

Birding here affords glimpses of Montezuma Oropendolas, a variety of toucans and hummingbirds, and many other fascinating species. A lily pond near the main cabin is inhabited by frogs who begin to call at dusk and continue throughout the night. We were also visited by a variety of local lizards, including ground anolis and the beautiful green basilisk with its prominent crest. 

The retreat provided an opportunity for David to hike up into the mountains and down into the valley, and to learn from a local guide about the organic crops that are grown on the fincas or farms in the area, crops such as sugar cane, culantro (cilantro), beans, rice, coffee, plantain, mandarin lime and guava. Meanwhile Rosi sketched the incredible vistas from the lodge. Meals were all traditional locally grown Costa Rican fare accompanied by refrescos naturales, fresh fruit juice drinks. Rosi has a keen interest in cooking and asked to participate in a culinary experience with Doña Lila, during which she learned to make tortillas, Tico style.

Tico TortillasROSI JORY, ORIGINALLY FROM GERMANY, LEARNS HOW TO MAKE TORTILLAS COSTA RICAN STYLE FROM BELLA VISTA HOSTESS LiLA SOLANO AND HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW ALEJANDRA.

If you search YouTube for Bella Vista Ranch, Turriabla, Costa Rica, you can see a great little slide show of the flora and fauna and incredible views from this exquisite mountain lodge.

Happy Easter weekend,

Frances

 

 




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