Zipping Along in Costa Rica


Gary Hayes, of Winona, Minnesota, zips above the forest foliage during the Voyagers trip this past March to Costa Rica.

Last month, several Iowa Voyagers reveled in warm Costa Rican weather and enjoyed outdoor activities, including zip-lining through the rainforest.  In addition, the little band of Iowa Voyagers learned about Costa Rica’s unique natural heritage during visits to Poas Volcano National Park, the Arenal region, the Botanical Orchid Garden, the Luna Nueva rainforest reserve, Sacred Seed Sanctuary, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and hummingbird and butterfly sanctuaries.  They then traveled to Guanacaste on the country’s western coast to take a river excursion through Palo Verde National Park, which is home to many species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and crocodiles.

Many thanks to Gary and Jean Hayes, of Winona, Minnesota, who served as greeters for our small group and took the photos you see here.


Our small band of Iowa Voyagers, left to right: Gary Hayes and Jean Hayes (UIAA life members) of Winona, Minnesota;  Hans and Carole Madland (UIAA annual members) of Winona, Minnesota; and Ken and Fran Zichal of Elkader.

A jeweled blue hummingbird poses in mid-air.

Even the butterflies sported the Iowa black-and gold-colors.

Stunning orchids abound in the Botanical Orchid Garden in the town of La Garita, known for its abundance of exotic plants.

Diane Baker
Director of Alumni Travel

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