Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a fantastic place to observe wildlife close-up. We rented a car and immediately set off for the jungle on backroads. Our first stop was at the little town of Heredia. El Fortín, built in 1824, is a picturesque brick structure with a bust of the Supreme Commander in front. A slight problem with the construction - the gun slits are tapered in the wrong direction! Heredia is only a few miles out of San Jose, the congested capital city, at the point where the road climbs the mountains surrounding the central valley.