The most beautiful moments? Waking up as the early morning rays grace the sky and watching a family of Toucans far above encircling, singing, joyful, or gazing at the reddish brown squirrel monkeys inches from your face leaping from branch to banana tree, or stepping out from my hotel room to find myself before a three toed sloth looking up at me most curiously as we both observe one another afraid to move and spoil the magic of the moment.
The Saddest? Seeing the same animals you saw joyful, roaming free, sitting behind bars as throngs of tourists snap pictures and speak loudly. The memory of the caged Toucan shrieking for a full thirty minutes and then falling into silence not eating any of the food before him... having seen Toucans joyful and free, and to see the contrast as they sit listless in caged "nature" is enough to break your heart and swear you off enclosed exhibits be they aquariums or zoos, forever.
Unfortunately along with coffee and other random souvenirs it seems I brought back a cold. So until I get rid of it, please enjoy some pictures of a country so beautiful you can't help but be overwhelmed by the beauty in this world and how great He must be to have blessed us with so much varied and diverse life.