The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. And just saw a Tucan.
What a lucky photo. Made easy through a telescope. How perfect is that?
The Arenal volcano is still active. During the day you can already observe the volcano.
In the region around the volcano Arenal, there are still a lot of butterflies.
But at night the volcano Arenal is spectacular. Especially when glowing magma rolls down the volcano.
There are still many animals in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Like hummingbirds, for example.
Church on Plaza Artigas in San Jose, Costa Rica.
For tourists, San Jose is not really appealing. Some buildings stand out, however.
In San Jose, just like everywhere in Costa Rica , has not very appealing architecture. Sometimes you will see experiments that stand out from the mass.
Another example in San Jose: The Tratro Melico Salazar.
Just after Claudia arrived in San Jose we fled out of San Jose to Manzanillo on the sea.
At the beach you can relax.
This is how boating makes fun.
And then we went over the border from Costa Rica into Panama. More precisely, the port of Bocas del Toro.
The fire station in Bocas del Toro. Well, the first fire engine would probably be a museum piece... hopefully.
The Panama Canal is already a huge. However really big ships can not pass through the Panama Canal. It only goes up to Panamax class.
The Panama Canal has become -next to banana and banking sector- one of the main sources of income for Panama.
Meanwhile the administration of the Panama Canal was handed over from the Americans to Panama. First, they were skeptical that the Panamanians are able to keep the canal up and running. Now we know that the doubts were unfounded.
In close proximity to Panama City are the Mira Flores Locks.
Back from the Mira Flores locks we went right to the old town of Panama City.
Panama City is definitely the biggest city of Panama. Here, many banks and other investors are resident.
Casco Viejo, the old town of Panama City.
More Old City of Panama City.
With a police car like this one you only can say: Every man for himself.
More photos from Panama.
Traditional clothing of Panama.
The skyline looks a bit like other cities in the world.
Wandering the undergrowth of the Parque Nacional Corcovado.
The Parque Nacional Corcovado is terrific. Many lonely places. The good news is that you get there on foot only. This scares many tourists off.
This is the way to relax.
This is what I call a wing span.
Directly in front of the Parque Nacional Corcovado is located an offshore islets.
What a miracle... Another beach.
In the whole region, including the Parque Nacional Corcovado, there are many, many Aras. Next time I saw them again was in Guatemala.
From the south of Costa Rica, it went straight through to Nicaragua.
We went on the Rio San Juan down towards the Atlantic sea. Theoretically you could all the way to the sea
But unfortunately we lacked time to do so.
On the riverfront, it comes to interesting encounters here and there.
And then we arrived at the ancient city of Granada.
Praque Central in the heart of Granada.
The ancient city of Granada in Nicaragua has a lot to offer tourists.
Unfortunately we weren't able to see much of the Isla de Ometepe due to the bad weather. The two volcanoes were mostly overcast with clouds.
Back in Costa Rica from Nicaragua we went to relax in Playa Hermosa.
After Claudia had flown back home from San Jose I went straight on to Guatemala.
More precisely to Antigua in Guatemala.
In Antigua there are still many old houses, such as the Casa del Cabildo.
Antigua is located in close proximity to the active volcano Pacaya.
Even if the heat can not been seen on a photo...... The lava was murderously hot.
The Pacaya volcano is very active. Therefore, it smokes everywhere. Due to safety reason you may then not be allowed to go there in the afternoon.
For the first time I saw liquid lava. It flowed almost like water.
The cathedral of Antigua.
A colourful street in Antigua. Yes, that's how we imagine Guatemala.
The Iglesia y merced conventola midst of Antigua.
The people of Guatemala are very traditional.
This is also reflected in the clothes.
It may not always need to be a high-tech strollers.
In contrast to women, men are usually dressed more simply.
Then I went even further back through Guatemala. Not very far. Only from Antigua to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan.
After a long bus ride I finally arrived in Copan in Honduras to the city in ruins.
Here again, I also saw many wild aras. The last time I had seen so many were in Costa Rica.
Copan is not know for his macaws but for its ruins.
Also stone carvings can be admired in Copan.
It's not all restored yet.
Macaws are definitely living in groups of two. They are either alone or to see as a couple.
Back from Honduras I travelled on in Guatemala. Whether the Rio Dulce was really sweet though, I have not tried.
In Guatemala much is washed by hand. I am always amazed how clean the women (I've never seen a man washing clothes) get the clothes. Even white shirts. Respect!
A curious companion.
Tikal in Guatemala was already used in many movies.
Especially aerial photographs were always welcome. This also applies to Star Wars.
Belize City was not appealing. Of course this may have also leaned to the bad weather. Or the many tourists who came from the huge cruise ships at anchor.
Tulum in Mexico I liked much better.
Tulum is truly amazing. Where in the world is such combination of culture and natural beauty?
This applies above water and under the earth, as in the famous cave systems, known as cenotes.
One of the main attractions Cucatans is certainly Chichen Itza.
The Castillo at Chichen Itza, a tourist-mass meeting point. Shortly before my arrival there was a major opera festival with famous names of the scene.
The souvenir stands illustrate the colorful side of Mexico.
Isla Mujeres is located directly next to Cancun. Amazingly, it is much quieter than in Cancun. Most tourists make a day trip here and return for dinner at their hotels in Cancun. But well, it's quieter but not quiet on Isla Mujeres.
Cancun has been presented to me as a tourist ghetto. And it's not even nice. Fair to note, however, that the last hurricane has eroded a large part of the beach. But this seems to make no difference to the sunbathers. Who likes it....