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February 20, 2008
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2004, Sunday 06 March: Jungle hopping to Corcovado, Costa Rica

Approaching Corcovado landing strip.

This photo was taken in the last moment of an epic 24 hours of travel from a cold and wintry Brussels to the furnace-like tropical warmth of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Alison and I made the journey in 5 back-to-back flights: Brussels to Madrid, Madrid to Miami, Miami to San José (Costa Rica), San José to Puerto Jimenez, and finally Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado. From Madrid onwards the planes got progressively smaller - from a wide-bodied Airbus through to the 4 Seater Cessna air-taxi we chartered for our final short hop. Amazingly, we arrived in Corcovado on time and still with our luggage. We landed in a hail of flying stones and debris swept up by the propeller, but the smartly turned-out Tico pilot seemed completely unfazed. Needless to say, Alison and I were both utterly knackered when we finally stepped out of the plane.
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