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Now it is Monday and we all are up early to get showers and pack up to leave. Kristen and Allison need to leave early to get back to Orosi for classes at noon and Tim and I need to get to Siquirres for a 12:30 pm bus to Cano Blanco, then a boat from there to Parismina. We all had breakfast downstairs at the Interamericano Hotel which was really great. This was the same breakfast that Tim had yesterday. The girls got packed up and Tim and I walked them to the bus station. We said our good-byes and they purchased their tickets to Paraismina and they will change buses there and hopefully make it back to Orosi in time for school. We have exchanged email addresses and I hope they are able to read ... read more
Notes from Hilary

Excuses voor mijn afwezigheid, ik hoop dat ik het met deze blog goed kan maken. Nadat ik mijn blog in Leon had geschreven was zo ongeveer het eerste wat we besloten te gaan, omdat we lichtelijk verveeld waren, sandboarden. Dat houdt in met een massief houten bord een (actieve) vulkaan afgaan zónder beschermende kleding (hebben ze hier nog nooit van gehoord). Wij namen natuurlijk geen genoegen met gewoontjes dus besloten we er full-moon sandboarding van te maken. Eén probleempje werd echter duidelijk toen we daar aankwamen: er was geen maan zichtbaar. In ruil daarvoor hadden we onweer en harde wind gekregen, dat dan weer wel. Echter, het mocht de pret natuurlijk niet drukken en met en overdosis optimisme gingen we alsnog de berg te lijf. Eenmaal boven, na een uur klimmen, was het optimisme van sommigen ... read more

On Sunday we got up leisurely and the the girls all ate fruit and granola while Tim decided he needed the more substantial breakfast that was offered downstairs by the kitchen there. While we sat on the balcony and nibbled, Tim received fruit, juice, gallo pinto, eggs and bread. When we arrived the night before we discussed with the manager that we wanted to go to the Volcano Turrialba and also the Archeologic Discovery Guayabo. The driver called his colleague who had a 4 wheel drive Diahtsu (?) and we made an arrangement that he would take us to the two places for 40,000 colones which was about $80 for all of us. We decided that was okay and we loaded into his mini SUV and headed for the Volcano. It took a long time to ... read more
Kids in the back seat
Dawn and Tim

3.30am, wake up time!…After a crazy Costa Rican style new year eve and some great diving in Playa del Coco, a short stop in La Fortuna, my next stop was Turrialba, a tiny town located at about two hours drive from San Jose & a good 5 hours from La Fortuna. Turrialba is slightly off the main touristic area, and this actually does come as a relief especially after my very short stay in La Fortuna! It is well known by the outdoor sports lover as the absolute adventure Mecca in Costa Rica and for really good reasons…From the Pacuare River that has been designated by the National Geographic Magazine no less than one of the top five most beautiful rivers in the world for rafting to its rain forest where ones can experience truly fantastic ... read more
No wonder the Pacuare has been nominated top 5 worldwide white water river rafting! Simply amazing sceneries!
Local kid in a midst of colors
Having lots of fun!!

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Cartago » Turrialba December 22nd 2008

Costa Rica Rios - Week of Rivers, December 2008 Just back from about 10 days in Costa Rica, some great kayaking with new friends, some mountain biking, some touring around. Some photos below from the rivers, and my new pals. ... read more
Wall Shots with the Guys
Tico Gang Bangers
Find Joe

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Cartago » Turrialba October 31st 2008

Ah Turrialba, the land of farms, friends, and oddly enough, the Rawlings factory that produced the weapon Barry Bonds used to hit his record breaking home run. The weekend following our trip to Nicaragua, Steve and I made our way to nearby Turrialba to visit my good friend Guillermo (Memo) who I had met while harvesting the Earth’s bounty at the Bean. It is partly due to his stories of Costa Rica and the friendship we built that I find myself in this truly “Rich” country. Early on Saturday morning, we hopped on the bus in Cartago to start our hour-long ride to Turrialba where we were met by Memo, his girlfriend Adriana, and their beautiful baby boy Andres. The town of Turrialba sits in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains and rolling hills with endless ... read more
Memo, Andres, and Adriana
Volcan Turrialba

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Cartago » Turrialba September 10th 2008

Level 3/4 life on the edge! This was a day of fun and hard work. We set out at 9am and were paired up with other english speaking tourists. Once all the obligatory rules were out of the way we hit the water. Lynne was in the front seat (so strange) but apparently the power players are at the back which was my seat. We hit the first rough water and we all went wow! some one asked the guide what rating was that? The reply came '' Nothing, we havent hit the rapids yet, that was just some small rocks''. So after a big breath we resumed our stance on the edge of the boat. We are sorry there are not any action shots but it is hard to click and paddle at the ... read more
Our guide.

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Cartago » Turrialba October 26th 2007

Kathryn, who we had met on the bus from Panama, had invited us to stay with her so we went up to Turrialba to stay a few nights. It was a 2 hour drive passing plantations and rural settlements. Some of the housing was small and uniform and we found out later it was for the Nicaraguan workers on the coffee and sugar plantations. We found Turrialba to be a small town with a main square, lovely church, a disused railway and lots of people. We brought a couple of bottles of wine from the supermarket and took a taxi to Kathryn's place which was 5 minutes out of town. She worked as an English teacher for Catie (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center - the acronym works in Spanish) and had a house on ... read more
Puss in boots
Princess Jasmine
Talent night at Catie

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