Blogs from Bijagua de Upala, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Driving in Costa Rica was proving to be a frustrating experience. The distances were short – Costa Rica was about the size of North Georgia – but the travel times were long. We were learning that if Google Maps said it should take two and a half hours that we needed to double it and if a Costa Rican said it should take an hour and a half it would be more like four. The trouble was that the posted speed limits were slow and the roads were uniformly bad. There were some nice paved roads, but even they were clogged with traffic and slowed by frequent towns and even more frequent school zones. There were unmarked speed bumps, absurdly aggressive drivers, potholes the size of small cars – we were driving a small car – ... read more
Plato Tipico
Crossing the Blue River
Looking Over Lago Arenal

I am interested in hiking in the Rio Celeste area. I've just heard that you can no longer swim around the waterfall nor soak in the hot spings of this area. Does anyone know more about this and if so, do you know if this rule will be lifted any time soon? If not, do you know of any other places close to soak in the hot springs that isn't too touristy? Thanks!... read more

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