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===English version below=== Na onze rondreis in Nicaragua worden we verwacht in Tuis, Costa Rica. De Amerikaanse eigenaar gaat een cruise maken door Scandinavië, wij gaan 3 weken op zijn huis en zijn dieren passen. Het huis ligt in de bergen, zeer afgelegen maar oh zo mooi. Wat verderop aan de laatste bushalte stopt de weg. Vanaf dit punt trekken de indianen de bossen in. We maken kennis met Lula en Frank. Het zijn lieverdjes die honden, tenminste als je geen indringer bent anders bijten ze misschien een stuk uit je been? Wij nemen de honden mee tijdens onze wandelingen, ze zijn het duidelijk niet gewend. In de tuin groeien cacao planten. Met een beetje hulp van Google lukt het ons om van de vruchten cacao poeder te maken. Eerst smaakt het een beetje bitter maar ... read more
Tuis verblijf - Tuis house
Costa Rica kikker - frog
Cacao plant


18 juillet : parc national Corcovado Conditions climatiques : idem, il fait toujours aussi chaud, voire plus… et toujours aussi humide ! Barbe d’Armand : 3-4cm Un bus, un ferry, un bus, un bus. Une nuit dans un hôtel de transit. Un long bus. Et nous voici enfin à Puerto Jiménez, au sud du Costa Rica, avec pour objectif de découvrir le parc naturel du Corcovado, le parc le mieux préservé du pays ! En se baladant dans la rue principale, nous rencontrons Rodolfo, un guide qui a l’air plutôt compétent. Nous avons lu un tas de choses sur le Corcovado, notamment sur le risque de rencontrer des hordes de pécaris sauvages (de gros sangliers), « plus dangereux pour l’homme que les pumas et les crocodiles » (mais bon, il parait que leur odeur d’oignon nous ... read more
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Our last few days have included minimal surf, meeting people (non from California), fishing and hanging with our hostel mates and hostel owner Jon. We left dominical having scored great surf. However, we knew the swell was dying so we headed up (about 2 hours) to playa hermosa. This place is a legendary board breaking beast in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the big swell seemed to have temporarily messed up the sand bars and the swell was dying. Since the town itself was relatively dead we decided to head up to Santa Teresa a couple days early. To get to Santa Teresa, we had to drive to Puntarenas and then hop on a ferry to cross the gulf. It is about an hour and a half ferry ride and only costs about $1.75 each. The drive from ... read more
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Température : 30 – 35°, il fait très très chaud, et on est en hiver ! Humidité : max Temps : très ensoleillé (sauf une bonne grosse pluie entre 15h et 17h tous les jours) Après une journée de transport en bus, nous découvrons la ponctualité sans faille des chauffeurs de bus. « Il part à quelle heure ce bus ? » «Il part quand il est plein » « bon, bon… » Nous prenons ensuite le ferry et arrivons à Santa Teresa, le paradis des surfeurs, au bout de la Péninsule Nicoya sur la côte pacifique du Costa Rica. Ambiance très cool, tout le monde a l’air tout le temps en vacances ici… ! Les mecs sont tous des abdos comme des tablettes de chocolat, les cheveux longs, blonds, bien bronzés, américains ou néo-zélandais. Pour ... read more
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11 juillet : arrivée au Costa Rica ! Température : 28°-30° Humidité : maximale et beaucoup de pluie ! Monnaie : le colόn (500 colones valent un dollar américain) Nous partons de Miami très tôt le matin. Pour éviter tout stress, nous prenons une bonne marge de temps et arrivons à l’aéroport bien en avance. Et nous avons bien fait ! En effet, nous restons bloqués longtemps devant le comptoir d’enregistrement car nous n’avons aucun document justifiant que nous allons quitter le territoire costa ricain et l’hôtesse refuse donc de nous enregistrer ! Le billet tour du monde ne suffit pas et comme nous avons prévu de passer la frontière Costa Rica -Panama en bus, nous n’avons pas de billets d’avion de retour… On essaie donc, depuis l’aéroport, de prendre en ligne un billet de bus ... read more
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As I sit here in this tiny little backpackers room (check out picture), I can't help but smile on how epic the journey has been so far. After making it to pavones and attempting to sleep, we were awaken by epic surf. I had been here once before and it was nothing like it. Usually this places about half the size of central costa rica (playa dominical and playa hermosa) yet it was pushing 10+ feet faces. As I've seen from pictures all around central America, it was really big every where. Fortunately for us, pavones was very manegeable. We paddled out at about 545 am with our bigger boards (thank you Craigslist 3 days before) after quickly seeing wave after wave come in. From the top of this point to the very end is about ... read more


Every trsveling surfer knows of the ticket agent's dreaded question "how many boards do you have?" It doesn't make or break a trip usually, but it can start it off on a positive note. When you have 6 boards in one bag (between the both of us) you know one or even two isn't going to cut it. We went with 3 and hoped she would maybe let us go with with 150-200 total. She proceeds to open the bag and counts 5 boards. Ouch. There goes the chance of having air conditioning for some of the trip. She proceeds to tell us she will just charge us for one bag with two boards for 125. Starting off on a good note. Then I hear my name called over the loud speaker in Costa Rica. When ... read more


This was our last day of planned activities here in “The jungle on the beach”. Our muscles were sore and tired, but we had another day of hiking, so we sucked it up and attacked the Manuel Antonio National Park. First, we learned that the land used to be owned by a man named...Manuel Antonio. For many years the locals had a path across it to the best beach around. Manuel Antonio was fine with that, so the practice went on for many years. After he died, a French man purchased the property and he erected a fence and put up “Prohibido el paso” signs. The locals climbed the fence and crossed through his jungle to the beach. He built taller fences, and they continued to go over. When he added even more security, the locals ... read more
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Monkey mid-jump
Howler monkey


This morning we left the cool mountain top of Monteverde to head to the lowlands and the beach. I managed to sit in the front seat for the hair-raising descent on the dirt road that leads down and around the mountain. I think I was better off not knowing that Juan Carlos, our driver, talks with his hands...taking both of them off the steering wheel at the same time. On the drive to Manuel Antonio, we made a monkey stop to see some howlers up in a tree. I've always been particularly amused by monkeys in the wild, so I continue to get excited about sightings. We made a pit stop further down the road, and we managed to see some black-striped iguanas. I'm accustomed to lizards in Florida, but these are big! Our guide assured ... read more
Black-striped Iguana
View from below Monteverde
Howler Monkeys


When we woke up this morning, our muscles reminded us that we spent 2 hours on horseback yesterday! Whoa! It was time to leave this pretty resort, and move to our next destination. Our guide has a degree in biology, so he was the perfect one to take us on a nature walk at the base of the volcano. He shared lots of information about the regeneration of the flora and fauna since this area was covered by lava in 1968. We walked for an hour, seeing orchids, bromeliads, bamboo, and young trees. He pointed out many of the things that we would have missed on our own. Nature guides are so good at seeing things before anyone else, and he pointed out a coatimundi moving through the trees. It's a raccoon/monkey kind of an animal, ... read more
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