Page 3 of silvernomads Travel Blog Posts

LEAVING COSTA RICA After our disastrous journey getting to Ostional we were pleased to have an uneventful journey back to San Jose and it took under 5 hours. Rolf the hotel owner of Luna Azul recommended Louis, a local driver to take us to the airport and he arrived promptly on time. As it was at least a 10 hour round trip for him he bought his wife Jessica to join him so we spent a pleasant five hours with them in their car. He stopped so Paul could get some money in Santa Cruz to pay him as we had run out of cash, not having a bank anywhere near us for the last couple of weeks. The roads were so much better leaving the area via the northern route and although there had been ... read more
Nicaragua rural homesteads
Local Bus heading into the city
Granada Street Life

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste September 24th 2017

DISASTROUS JOURNEY TO OSTIONAL Well we did in the end arrive safely at the Hotel Luna Azul in Ostional, but what a dreadful journey we had - even for us ‘seasoned’ travellers … … We left Hotel Cerro Lodge near Tárcoles at 0840 hours with our ‘Greenpath’ transport driver who had GPS on his phone on the front windscreen. He said that the journey would take about 4 hours which seemed to concur with what we could make out on his phone. After dropping off our two new Munich friends in Puerto Arenas and picking up a few supplies we continued towards Limonal and all was well - we thought this is great we are making good time. Alas that was not to last, our driver who did not speak very much English and I am ... read more
Violaceous Trogon (female)
Mantled Howler Monkey
Violaceous Trogon (male)

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas September 18th 2017

MOVING ON It was an uneventful and speedy journey to the our next destination and we were entertained on the way by our drivers, Roderico and Andreas. They had been up since 4 am that morning monitoring Scarlet Macaw numbers around Tárcoles before coming to pick us up. We passed more long rows of African Palms all along the roadside but also noticed several rice fields as well - they need a lot of rice here with all the rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Roderico said that they grow rice in the rainy season and then plant vegetables, like melon and gourd products in the dry season, so get a ‘double crop’ from their fields. Some years though when the weather is drier than normal they have to import rice supplies from China ... read more
Our Bungalow - Cerro Lodge
Overlooking pool and gardens
Blue Tanagers

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas September 12th 2017

CASA BUENA VISTA Well what can I say it was indeed a bit of a shock to the system to arrive at Casa Buena Vista in Manuel Antonio it was nothing like we were expecting. Sergio our driver dropped us off on the road and the B&B was on a steep hillside overlooking the ocean way below. He waited around until we managed to raise Anita - everything was securely locked and we could not get in until she open the metal gate directly fronting the road. However she soon arrived and what a pleasant lady she was making us feel very welcome right from the start. We said our goodbyes to Sergio who had been a brilliant driver and he headed off back up the road. Anita told us that the ‘Cottage’ we had requested ... read more
Casa Buena Vista
Casa Buena Vista
Anita's Breakfast Room

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas September 5th 2017

DOMINICAL We left the Osa Peninsula and headed north passing through great stretches of land completely dominated by African Palm plantations. Our driver, Sergio stopped in Palma Norte so that we could stock up on a few supplies (wine) as we were heading to an area with no nearby grocery stores - well no stores at all of course. Dominical was once a quiet fishing village but was now a popular area for surfers bringing in a younger set to the area. Although we were here out of season and did not see many ‘tourist’, young or old. HACIENDA BARU We had booked a week at Hacienda Baru, a large private nature reserve just off the road. Its amazing how close to a road it was yet straight away it was like you were in the ... read more
Hacienda Baru
Hacienda Baru

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas September 1st 2017

PUERTO JIMENEZ It was an extremely long journey on the Interamericana Highway along the Cerro de la Muerte mountain peaks but we finally came out of the clouds and arrived on the coast near Domincal. We had not quite appreciated how long it would then take to reach Puerto Jimenez and in the end the journey took about five and half hours so it was great to finally reach our destination. Situated near the tip of Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez sits on the southeastern side of the peninsula, adjacent to a wide bay called the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). Aside from a few other small towns, the peninsula is literally covered with rainforest, much of which is protected as part of the famous Corcovado National Park and the reason we were here. Puerto ... read more
Puerto Jimenez
Inn Puerto Jimenez
Scarlet Macaws

COSTA RICA Pura Vida from Costa Rica - It has been five years since we spent a wonderful three months in this amazing country and it was great to be back again. This time we are away for two and half months and we are also going to venture into Nicaragua and Panama, but first we are going to explore some of the areas we missed the first time we were here and also hopefully get to see another ‘Arribada’, when hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles all arrive together to lay their eggs on a beach at Ostional National Park. Two mammals we would love to see this time which we missed before are the Giant Anteater and the Bairds Tapir, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able ... read more
A great hike near the waterfalls
Female Resplendent Quetzal
On the River Savegre

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry June 1st 2017

THE RING OF KERRY - COUNTY KERRY We dropped our friends, John and Charmian, at Cork Airport and headed for the Ring of Kerry leaving the County of Cork behind us and heading into County Kerry. I might add that it is not named after our daughter Kerry or our Australian friends, Bronwyn and Alan’s daughter, which is spelt Kerrie, although our daughter is named after an ‘Irish’ midwife. The actual name in Irish, Ciarraí, translates to ‘people of Ciar,’ which is the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who dominated the area. The Iveragh Peninsula, known by all as ‘The Ring of Kerry’ is one of several rugged peninsulas on the Wild Atlantic Way, that winds it way along the west coast of Ireland. The Ring follows a winding coastal road through mountains, lakes and valleys ... read more
Ross Castle and Jaunting Car
Kells Beach
Turf Fire

Europe » Ireland » County Cork May 21st 2017

CORK, COUNTY CORK It only took us just over an hour to fly from our local airport of Southampton to Cork in Ireland with our friends John and Charmian Cork. For many years we had planned to come to the Emerald Isle together and we had finally made it …. … After a really smooth flight enjoying some ‘Cork Gin’, with a little tonic of course we landed and were soon passing through immigration. Being the only plane at the airport this was quickly achieved which made a nice change for us. We had front row seats, well the row behind these, the front ones remained empty for the flight, but we were still last off the plane as they opened the back door and not the front one - bad planning on our part to ... read more
Youghal Harbour
Behind our apartment
One of many local bars in Youghal

South America » Chile March 28th 2017

STRAIT OF MAGELLAN We set sail leaving the Falkland Islands behind - we had so enjoyed our time there with the penguins but it was time to move on. We headed South again cruising along the southern edges of the South American continent before entering the Strait of Magellan. This once vital passageway is named after the Portuguese adventurer, Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. Magellan's route around the foot of South America in 1520 took him a total of 38 days, many of those days were spent scouting and discounting alternative paths through the maze of channels and islands that cover the area. He was rewarded though with all those wasted days as in the end he found a 350 mile route between mainland Patagonia and the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. ... read more
Chilling on board Zaandam
Heading ashore
Ferdinand Magellan Statue - Plaza Muñoz Gamero

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