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Photos: Mexico: Chiapas

MEXICO | Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Paraiso Jaguar Reserve—Nava's Wren

MEXICO | Tuesday, 10 Aug 2021 | Views [37]

WE HAD SOME “MOPPING UP” BIRDING-WISE to accomplish Monday morning before we had to get out of Dodge, aka Huatulco. It took a while due to my fogged up lens but we soon saw and photographed Doubleday’s Hummingbird and settled for the ... Read more >


The Bum's Rush

MEXICO | Sunday, 8 Aug 2021 | Views [42]

SHADES OF OUR LAST DAYS IN NEW ZEALAND, Huatulco officials announced today that the beaches, restaurants and hotels would be forced to close on Monday due to Covid. Already Eric’s September group canceled and we can only hope that this trend doesn’... Read more >


Lunch With Don Alfredo

MEXICO | Saturday, 7 Aug 2021 | Views [44]

IT WAS CHILLY FRIDAY MORNING as we birded around the grounds of Puesta del Sol but we managed good looks at Rivoli’s Hummingbird, a Brown-backed Solitaire and a Hooded Yellowthroat before saddling up and heading downhill towards the Pacific. ... Read more >


The Enchanted Rabbit

MEXICO | Thursday, 5 Aug 2021 | Views [44]

HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT TRANSITIONED to steady rain on Wednesday morning and we didn’t go out until 7:30. Two full hours and several stops towards the Continental Divide netted only an Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Black-faced Grosbeak and ... Read more >


A Bird In The Hand . . .

MEXICO | Tuesday, 3 Aug 2021 | Views [61]

WE HAD THE LUXURY OF BREAKFAST at the hotel today—we’re staying local and it doesn’t get light until after seven. After heaping plates of mango, papaya, banana, cantaloupe and pineapple—more fruit than I usually eat in a week—... Read more >


San Juan Batista del Valle

MEXICO | Monday, 2 Aug 2021 | Views [57]

ON SUNDAY WE MADE A FEW STOPS at “birdy-sounding” places on our way to Parque Ecotouristico La Cumbre Ixtepeji. Long pants and polar fleece were much appreciated today at 10,000 feet. The scenery was spectacular and the birding, though chilly, ... Read more >


Off To A Great Start

MEXICO | Saturday, 31 Jul 2021 | Views [53]

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN MEXICO, indoors and out and even while driving in the city. Vaccinations are also mandatory in Mexico but there aren’t any vaccines—just the opposite of the situation on the US side of the border. We’ve decided ... Read more >


Bienvenidos a Oaxaca

MEXICO | Friday, 30 Jul 2021 | Views [60]

WITH ALL OF OUR AIRBnB-ing, IT’S BEEN sixteen months since we have played “hotel hop-scotch.” But here we are, our second hotel in two nights with twenty more to come in the next month. It has been fourteen years since we were last ... Read more >


Photos: Mexico: Oaxaca

MEXICO | Thursday, 29 Jul 2021 | Photo Gallery


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It Tickles My Nose

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021 | Views [42]

WE ARRIVED EARLY AT THE COVID TESTING site at Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, expecting long lines. Surprise—it was just us, Luis who processed us and the biohazard-suited woman who swabbed our noses. Fully staffed, the purpose-built big top ... Read more >


Leaving the Pura Vida Behind

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 27 Jul 2021 | Views [45]

A MONTH IS SCARCELY ENOUGH time to explore all that Costa Rica has to offer. But this is our third visit—2½ months in all. We Vagabonds have to be somewhere, after all, and Playa Flamingo was just what we were looking for. Our condo at Summit ... Read more >


Palo Verde National Park—It's Hot!

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 22 Jul 2021 | Views [54]

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK IS ONE of Costa Rica’s birding “hotspots”—more than 200 species of birds have been recorded here. Although we saw only 30 species today, Palo Verde was definitely a hotspot. The thermometer in our car ... Read more >


Big Bird, Little Bird

COSTA RICA | Sunday, 18 Jul 2021 | Views [78]

THERE ARE LARGE BIRDS AND THERE ARE small birds. Summer isn’t the best time of year for birding in Costa Rica but we saw plenty of both on this rainy day at Arenal and, of course, Connie and I each have our favorites.     ... Read more >


Arenal Volcano

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 15 Jul 2021 | Views [66]

WE WEREN’T REALLY SURPRISED TO BE pulled over in a roadside check. This wasn’t our first time driving in Latin America, after all—we had been stopped three times on Christmas Day in Nicaragua back in ’07. But the officer didn’... Read more >


Connie's Beach—It's a Secret!

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 13 Jul 2021 | Views [53]

IT’S CALLED PUNTO DE PLAYA PELENCHO on the map but to me it is “Connie’s Beach.” She “discovered” it on one of  her morning walks, a bumpy dirt road ending in a mile long cove of beach. The ATV tours sometimes ... Read more >


Where The Birds Are

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021 | Views [65]

THE BARE TREE OUTSIDE OUR BALCONY is a favorite perch for the resident Hoffman's woodpecker and great-tailed grackle. It’s convenient birding for us when thunderstorms threaten another deluge and we’ve photographed streak-backed orioles, ... Read more >


Puncture

COSTA RICA | Monday, 5 Jul 2021 | Views [62]

A NASCAR PIT CREW CAN CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES in under 20 seconds. A good Indy crew can cut that time in half. It took me about nine minutes today to change the flat tire on our Nissan Quashqai—not bad for an amateur. We were on our way Las Baulas ... Read more >


Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

COSTA RICA | Friday, 2 Jul 2021 | Views [63]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life


Going, Going . . . Almost Gone!

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 29 Jun 2021 | Views [79]

PASSPORTS ✓ TICKETS ✓ HOTEL ✓ CAR ✓ AirBnB ✓ Pase de Salud —huh? It seems you need to complete an on-line health form to enter Costa Rica during these still Dark Times. Which means you also need a special travel insurance policy ... Read more >

Tags: finally!


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