Emmerdale's John Middleton Back From His Costa Caper!

14 February 2006

Emmerdale's John Middleton returned safely back to the UK on Friday having spent 10 days trekking through Costa Rica for The Children's Society.

John joined up with a group of other hardened trekkers as they journeyed across Mount Irazu - the highest volcano in Costa Rica - through the Tapanti Forest Reserve and onto the Pacific Coast Belt where everyone settled in Manuel Antonio for some well deserved r and r. Although tough at times John agreed it was an experience of a lifetime.

"It was an amazing experience! Absolutely fantastic - and lots of first... the first time I've swum in the Pacific Ocean; the first time I've been in an Equatorial rainforest; the first time I've woken in the morning to hear Monkeys in the trees...!!

Costa Rica itself is a very friendly place. The Costa Ricans have a greeting Pura Vida which means pure life, have a good life. Everywhere we went we were welcomed with cries of Pura Vida - and you knew they really meant it.

I made some good friends on the trek. If you are looking for a new challenge and a chance to meet new people then give a trek a go...Pura Vida!

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