Going Places: Tales from the road: Postcards from Central America

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By Jim Gould

July 4: Leaving the Costa Rican cities

Conveniences eco-tourists could do without:

1) Ashtrays embossed with quetzals
2) Aire acondicionado in your eco-lodge, tour bus, and Range Rover
3) The Wall Street Journal, fax, and Internet service
4) Burger King, Hardee's, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Domino's Pizza (Yes, they deliver.)
5) All prices in U.S. dollars
6) The Canopy Tram, the Canopy Walk, and other rainforest attractions that try to give you the illusion that you are not a terrestrial creature (Braulio Carrillo National Park, near San Jose)
7) Shop clerks from California
8) The Beetle Bar, the Hemingway Inn, and the Disco Tunnel of Love (all in San Jose)
9) Signs that say "English spoken here"
10) Frappuccino and a daily New York Times (The Milagro Cafe, Quepos)

Next: The cloudforest of Monteverde

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