When we visited Manuel Antonio Park, we saw Blue Morpho butterflies for the first time. The back of their wings is a brilliant, luminescent blue that lights up like neon signs in the sun. They must be the Las Vegas of butterflies. Of course, it was impossible to capture in a photo while they were moving.
In San Jose, however, our lovely AirBnB host, Annabelle, took us to visit the La Paz Gardens and Waterfalls which has a butterfly garden. The Blue Morphos in captivity did not have quite the same brilliance, but they were lovely none the less. Also, in the garden, we were able to see the incredible markings on the underside of wings.
Amazingly, we also saw one emerge from his cacoon.
First, the bad news. There’re enough stories on the Interwebs about tourists being robbed on the bus in Costa Rica to make one cautious. As cautious as we were, the bus driver and his companion opened our luggage while it was under the bus and robbed Deena’s shoes. They were Keens and the only pair of comfortable, hot weather walking shoes she brought.
Since we were watching the luggage compartment, it was a pretty slick trick. They must have done it while the bus was loading and probably from the other side of the bus. The thieves don’t take the whole checked baggage because then the bus driver would be responsible. If they remove something from your luggage, you won’t notice until later and then it’s too late to report it. It’s a shame both that they feel so poor that they rob their passengers, and also that they ruin their country’s reputation for such a small sum.
The good news is that we got there in time for a Pacific coast sunset and happy hour. The next day, Deena found a new pair of Keens in this little town that fit perfectly. We’re back in the walking business!
Everywhere you look in San Jose, the buildings are protected like maximum security prisons:
San Jose has varied architecture. Some buildings, like this one, are just plain weird. No, this isn’t camera perspective distortion. This building is a quarter of a pyramid. The other two straight walls have hardly any windows:
The Museo de Arte Costarricense as seen from the sculpture garden. Not only a beautiful building, but also a nice catalogue showcasing the country’s art styles: