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Patria Canyon, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica
Submitted: May 18, '07
Great Travel Moment
It was sort of a whim, actually, that we ended up at P.N. Braulio Carrillo. We'd been planning our day-trips and were thinking of some of the more popular national parks, but decided last-minute to try the big one closest to our hotel, the one that has limited facilities and is rarely visited except in passing. We figured if it wasn't appealing, we could go someplace else quickly. It was a very cloudy day, and most of the park was obscured by fog. Only occasionally would we get glimpses of these disant, looming hills and deep sunken valleys. We parked at a ranger station and decided to hike a nearby trail - within moments we were deep into dense tropical rainforest and all vestiges of modern civilisation - including much of the trail - was gone. Wildlife was abundant and noisy as the clouds burned away revealing stunning vistas. Everything was green and verdant, and the views were uninterrupted by evidence of humanity.That's not something I get to see every day.