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Published: April 1st 2016
I’m 4 weeks in CR now and the time is running. After the extended weekend in Puerto Viejo I had two days of classes, which was pretty interesting. Thursday I spent researching about meat for the laboratory report. Luckily most of the essays are in English, because it already takes me ages to write the actual report in Spanish. But well, a day later – Friday the 18th
– it was again time to leave. In the “Semana Santa” the University was closed, so I joined a Roadtrip to Guanacaste Norte and Nicoya.
A little bit Ticolike 😉. We (9 people in two 4x4 cars) didn’t start at 1pm as planned, but at 5pm, spent a few hours in the traffic jam and arrived around midnight somewhere in the middle of nowhere. After the first night in tents and hammocks we woke up near the Volcano Tenorio NP, Río Celeste. Río Celeste is amazing. There are two clear rivers. At the point where they meet happens a chemical reaction with aluminium silicate as a product. These molecules are that huge that the sunlight does not go through and the water appears in an incredible blue. In the afternoon it was so
incredible hot, that we went to a huge waterfall with pools to refresh. A Perfect day.
We spent the next night at the entrance of another NP, caught up with the rest of the group and did a walk through the active region of volcano Rincon de la Vieja, with hot springs and cooking sulfur, temperatures up to 106°C. After 5 hours walking we all ran out of water and desperately looking for the exit, but just found more and more lookouts. Finally we found it and drove to the cost. The campside of NP Santa Rosa was full, so we decided to spend the night at the beach. Just perfect.
The other day we drove just 11km in 1,5 hours because the road was to rough that it was impossible to go faster. Our small car was nearly at the end of its capacity. But the way was worth its effort and we arrived at a huge beach Playa Naranjo which is in the rainy season apparently a great place for huge waves. We had a lot of fun in the ocean without surfing, watching the sunset. After that, we wanted to leave the NP but did
not come very far because the entrance was closed. About 1h later someone arrived –unfortunately without the keys for the gate. So we kept on waiting. 1,5h later someone arrived with the keys -finally- but then we realized that the small car was not working anymore. Crazy night with spaghetti on the side of the road. That night we slept on the floor of a restaurant of friends because it was way too late to drive to the destination.
The next couple of days we did kind of a beach hopping. After driving all these roads to the beaches I totally understood why everyone has a 4x4 here. One beach was more beautiful than the other and always with the perfect timing for the sunset. Playa Conchal, Playa Blanca, Playa San Juanillo, Playa Barrigona Muy bien. We spent most of the nights with a huge fire and way too much Rum&Coke. Most of the mornings we had to do jump starts to at least one of the cars or pull them out of the sand. Well, I think this is what we call an adventure. It wouldn’t be a proper Roadtrip if this does not happen at least once.
Driving along the coastal road, along cliffs and through rivers we reached Santa Teresa. What a beautiful place to be. I guess I go back there one day. In the Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco we saw the first coati. So cute!
The last night we slept on the beach in Montezuma. The night was short and the morning very hot and long. It took us nearly 3h to find the car keys. With something about 40°C this wasn’t a lot of fun.
But the surprise afterwards was pretty amazing. We went to a waterfall with 3 stages, including one we could jump off. 14m – wow this was an experience!!
That’s it. 9 days nearly without showers, lots of broken cars, amazing food, incredible people and the stunning nature of Guanacaste and Nicoya.
Back in San José I moved to my new home. This house is called Casa Mundo, a big house with 13 people (half of the people have taken part of the roadtrip as well). It feels good to be here and finally having a place to stay permanently.
We’ll see what’s coming up next.
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