Samasati nature retreat..

I think I'm in love- with nature - seriously. It's so incredible all the creatures, animals, plants - just everything! - that graces our amazing earth!!! We got to the Samasati Nature Retreat this afternoon which will be our home for the next five days...to say it's breath taking is seriously an understatement! Yes, we may be a little cheesy but I almost started crying and Gina was speechless (her words, not mine). It was a (hairy) four hour drive from San Jose - We saw a HUGE crocodile on the way in a river near puerto Viejo btw....i was so excited, all the times to Florida and I always wanted to see one!! Anywho, we arrived at our resort around 1p which is just outside the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo and instantly were in awe of our surroundings. Just to get to check-in, restaurant and our bungalow was a 1 1/2 km. bumpy (very bumpy) truck ride. Once at the top of the 'hill' we discovered a beautiful and rustic resort literally tucked within the rainforest canopy - it really feels like a whole other world up here. Our own bungalow is honestly more like a really cool treehouse with unobstructed views of the caribbean ocean. We feel like we won the lottery with a hammock on the porch overlooking the sea and a 2nd floor bedroom with 270 views resting among the treetops- so amazingly awesome, but still completely raw & rustic !!! Of course we immediately started exploring the hotel grounds-saw a bright orange (and I'm sure poisonous!) mini frog, numerous fruit trees like pineapple and star fruit...im still waiting on the monkey dad but we're told Howler Monkeys go right past our resort around 430p so I'm holding out hope... We topped the night off with yoga, delicious vegetarian (yeah!!!!) dinner and wine by the hot tub :-) we met super nice couple from Albuquerque on their honeymoon and (LUKE you'll be excited about this!) looked at the incredible sky here - stars are so bright and look so much closer than home - before heading to our glorified treehouse for bed. It was pretty funny, in the bathroom was an army of bugs waiting for us, Gina was definitely more freaked than I was (I think I was expecting) but eventually she named one of the big boys affectionately - 'Sammy'. He lounged between our beds the whole night, we'll see if he makes an appearance tonight.... Today we're heading into town to rent bikes and check out the beaches of Punta Uva and Manzanillo...supposed to be pretty beautiful.

We're meeting lots of neat people and it again reminds me of how vast our world is and how much I absolutely love to explore it, the beautiful people, animals and the natural, yet intricate landscape that comprises it - namaste xoxo :-)

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travelJamie Wagener