Sunset over the Pacific

This photo is a view of the landscape on the Pacific slope from where I’m staying in Monteverde … about 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level.  (I just had to put a sunset picture in here at the end of a long day of travel.)  Costa Rica is divided by a mountain range into Atlantic and Pacific sides.  The prevailing winds come from the East and bring moisture from the Atlantic Ocean (which is opposite of what we experience in the US).  So, it’s much wetter on the Atlantic side of the mountains since it will rain just about any time of year.  The Pacific side, however, goes through a drier season from around January through April … so it’s dry right now, which makes for some amazing views of the Nicoya Peninsula.  But it’s windy up here!