Blogs from Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste » Samara February 22nd 2019

The road down from Monteverde was pretty good. It seems more newly maintained and there’s evidence of fairly complicated blasting and channeling water to protect the road from washing out. All in all the roads to and from Monteverde were pretty good - at least for these two Canadian travellers. We took our time driving. Dave took us on a road out of the way. I didn’t realize this until we were well into it. But the country side was beautiful and we drove through some stunning landscape and farming communities. Stopping to take pictures of cows on the road and whatever else we came across and to get some ice cream on the side of the road. The temperature rose at least 10 degrees Celsius, if not more. It was mid to high 20s in ... read more
Dusty roads to the coast
Cora’s Reef airbnb

Week 2 in Costa Rica complete! Some days have brought more adventures than others :) My mornings start with a yogurt in my outdoor dining room aka picnic table. On Tuesday I met Isabel’s husband (still haven’t quite figured out his name) and they showed me all the art pieces they make out of coconuts. They also offered for me to park my car in their garage / carport, very sweet older couple! Thursday morning I had the unfortunate surprise of a flat tire, and not only that, but my spare tire was flat as well. My host filled up the spare tire and helped me change the flat (which is almost its own story with language barriers and pouring sweat and that one lug nut that just would not give), but given that I had ... read more

A few days spent madly working away at data entry! Maricela and I spent 2 full days inputting their data into their new system, and she spent a third while I worked on other parts of the system and made plans for the upcoming week. But we’re making some serious progress. Much of the data is in the system, I’ve already customized several reports for them, and they’re excited about having financial information so easily available. On Wednesday, I joined the rest of the team for dinner - a vegetarian feast that was very yummy! And tonight (Friday), we went down to the bar/restaurant in the village for a few hours, a great local hangout spot and a chance to get to know everyone better. Now I get a 3 day weekend and will be travelling ... read more

Birds spotted today: caught a glimpse of a squirrel cuckoo, lots of cinnamon hummingbirds! and the troupe of howler monkeys was back again :) After some discussion between the Ara admin and me, we decided to proceed with setting them on the Xero accounting package. We spent the rest of the morning working out what format their account structure and reporting would look like, and then spent the afternoon creating the backbone within Xero. Tomorrow we can start with actually inputting real data and some accounting training for their staff. Looking forward to a team dinner tomorrow with everyone at Ara!... read more

Birds spotted today: blue-crowned motmot, cinnamon hummingbirds, white-throated magpie-jay, more macaws, plus: geckos, an iguana, and howler monkeys! My day started off with some early visitors - Sam (head of the Ara Project) and two of his team members came knocking on my door first thing - glad I was already up and eating breakfast and not still in bed! I finished up getting ready to go and then drove over to the Ara site to get started. Spent my morning learning all about the history and inner workings of the project, and the afternoon looking at their record keeping. I was then able to join in on one of their daily tours, joining some tourists in learning about scarlet macaws, great green macaws, and the work of the Ara Project in helping these two bird ... read more

Birds seen today: boat-billed flycatcher, scarlet macaws, pelican, turquoise-browed motmot After a sleep-in, I unpacked into my new home. Saw my first bird of the day out my bedroom window, a boat-billed flycatcher (followed by some local chickens!). After a little stroll through the village, I decided to take a drive and started out at Punta Islita’s beach, where I waded in the Pacific. The heat is much more bearable when you have the water and the wind coming off the waves! The coast here is very dramatic - more mountainous and less beachy. As I walked along the beach, I heard the familiar parrot screech and looked up to see 3 scarlet macaws in the treetops. Loud rumbling thunder brought in some heavy rains, so I continued my drive back over the roads from the ... read more

Arrived in Toronto before midnight and spent 4-5 hours trying to sleep in the departures / ticketing area, while not falling too asleep to guard my suitcases! (Read: no real sleep!) Finally around 4:30am, I checked to see if I could re-check my suitcase and was glad to offload it :) After wasting a few more hours, my plane finally took off for Costa Rica around 9:00am. Very glad for my exit row seat and my neighbour who decided to sit elsewhere with her friends, leaving a middle empty seat. (Read: an entire 5 hour flight to sleep!) We touched down in San Jose around 12:00pm local time, and I will never tire of the view as you fly over and land in Costa Rica - mountains, jungles, green! The heat and humidity hit you nearly ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste » Samara January 29th 2016

Salut! Comme je suis sur le bord de la mer, je fais mon éducation physique dans l'eau. J'ai commencé à faire du surf! C'est mon père qui me montre. C'est un bon prof et on a du plaisir ensemble. J'ai réussi à monter sur ma planche dès la première vague! C'était vraiment "hot"😊. J'étais vraiment content de réussir du premier coup ! Pour réussir il faut être capable de lire la vague, de vraiment vouloir réussir et avoir de l'équilibre. J'ai essayé de montrer à ma mère... mais elle n'arrive pas à se tenir debout sur la planche! On a beaucoup rit... Je vais continuer mes cours de surf et je vous en redonnerai des nouvelles ! À suivre!... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste » Samara January 28th 2016

Salut! Je vais vous parler de l'iguane vert. C'est le plus gros des iguanes au MONDE! Il peut mesurer jusqu'à 2 mètres. Ici, des iguanes verts, il y en a partout! Il y en a un gros qui vit dans un arbre près de chez moi. Je l'appelle Iguano. Je le vois à tous les jours. Il est impressionnant. Chaque mâle à son territoire, son arbre à lui. Il lui sert de maison, de garde-manger et d'abri. Si sa queue est coincée et qu'il est en danger, il peut s'en séparer pour fuir! Elle repoussera.... Pas mal ;). J'ai lu qu'il passe 96% de son temps à rien faire, 3% à s'accoupler et 1% à manger des feuilles. On peut dire qu'il est vraiment paresseux!... read more
Iguano par terre!
Un iguane vert qui mange son repas préfère!
Un iguane vert au repos sur une branche!

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Guanacaste » Samara January 19th 2016

Au Costa Rica, il y a 4 sortes de singe. Aujourd'hui, j'ai choisi de vous parler des singes hurleurs. Ils sont vraiment impressionnants! Ils font partie des animaux les plus bruyants au MONDE! Je les vois à tous les jours en fin d'après-midi près de chez moi. Ils se tiennent dans le haut des arbres en groupe de 8 à 20. Je peux les repérer facilement grâce à leurs hurlements! Même s'ils sont très bruyants, ils ne sont pas très gros, de 60 à 90 cm. Ils ne sont pas dangereux pour nous parce qu'ils sont VEGETARIENS! Ils ne mangent que des feuilles et des fruits. Ce sont les mâles qui font les terribles hurlements. J'ai lu sur un site que quand ils se sentent attaqués, ils hurlent, s'éloignent et.... comme moyen de défense font caca ... read more
Dans les arbres!
un petit!

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