Blogs from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 3

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Wow…I don’t even know where to begin. The past couple of days have been very eventful. I finally got to see the Costa Rica I have always imagined. My dad and I have been having an amazing time. Yesterday we went white water rafting! Yeah, I know…crazy. The Pacuare River (Río Pacuare) is a gorgeous, completely natural, and constantly changing river. It is located on the east side of the country where its Atlantic slope begins in the Talamanca mountain range and runs approximately 108km into the Caribbean Sea. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures because everything gets soaked. The river and everything surrounding it was incredibly beautiful. There are waterfalls on both sides of the Pacuare spewing crystal clear, fresh water from around 30 feet above us.... read more
El Perezoso
Mr. Camo
Crocs


August 8th - Canal anyone? Got up at a reasonable time for Costa Rica @ 7 am. - this could be a problem in the UK as that's 2 pm. Not sure I'm looking forward to going back.. Fresh bananas for breakfast again. The bunch that Jeff picked are ripening nicely. You just go along and twist them off. The are the sweetest bananas I think I've ever tasted. Saw another poison dart frog - this time hopping around the side of the house. Being bright green and black does attract attention - being incredibly toxic does save you from predators! After breakfast and as we are so close to Panama we decided to drive to the border. This takes you back a little way towards Limon and then a left and left again towards Sixola. ... read more
Bananas on the way to you!
Landslide
Ah


August 6th – Caribbean Coast Up early today – our room had A/C but it was still warm and brilliantly blue sky. Breakfast was good – the French owner even made scrambled eggs and brought out b lack pepper – great. Proper coffee too. A very nice stay and very cheap. If you think about it bed and breakfast – with swimming pool for about £16! We are reasonably close to where we are staying for the last 4 nights – so we drove along until we found it – but as we weren't due to be in until that afternoon we went past and along to the end of the road – Manzillo Beach – great beach, good swimming and snorkeling. We stayed for quite a while then picked up some shopping and by then ... read more
Beach
Back View
Footie


So a short summary since our last blog is this: we left Granada and went to San Juan del Sur, we stayed there for two nights, honestly: its little America. You will meet mainly American tourists there and there is nothing to do but party. We didnt like it. So we ran off to OMETEPE. It´s the biggest island on a lake Lage de Nicaragua. The lake itself looks like the ocean. Its beautiful. Located on the island are two volcanos. The landscape, the peacefullness and the absence of crowded places make this island so special. We loved it, however we had horrible weather, storms and a lot of rain, so we basically relaxed for two days and ate amazing fresh fish :) After Ometepe we headed straight to Costa Rica, we underestimated the trip to ... read more
Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica


Dear Blog Readers, We were excited to move up through the highlands of Costa Rica and on towards the Caribbean coast. Before getting there though, we stopped in La Fortuna, famous for being in the shadow of one of the most active volcanoes on our trip, Volcan Arenal. The journey from San Jose is a 5 hour stretch but if you fancy a beautiful spot for some lunch and to break up the journey then we can fully recommend Zarcero. A little town whose centrally located church has a magnificent pathway where a toparist has gone mad with the garden shears and crafted out some phenomenal hedges! Well worth a look! Once in La Fortuna, we arrived at Gringo Pete's, probably the cheapest place to stay in Costa Rica! Don't be expecting anything fancy - in ... read more
Canopy Tour
Canopy Tour 3
Shithead


“You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.” ― Tom RobbinsMagic...That's all I continue to say about Puerto Viejo. For some it breeds deep, wise, philosophical contentment where they have dreamt of, where they find their place in this life and others that feel the same magic surrounding them in clear azul from sky to water. Others stumble upon black magic here and everything seems to go wrong for them. It is a mystical place where if your mind, body, and soul meet the criteria, it will welcome you with open arms and salute you as you arrive on the bus sweaty and exhausted. You will instantly feel air that refreshes your internal being and know that you have arrived somewhere you have been looking for your whole life. If ... read more
Playa Chiquita
Magic!!!
Playa Cocles


Still no decent internet connection I'm afraid. Arrive in Honduras in a couple of days so will try and get this up to date and put some photos on it too. Having a great time. Hope everyone is well. Love to all. xxxx It's 18th now and we're just sailing out of Costa Rica. Lovely place - lovely people. I’m writing again on 15 March as we are at sea today and it’s a bit cloudy so have decided to spend a little time in the cabin catching up. The crossing the line ceremony is to be a little later so will have to rush things a bit – we actually crossed the equator during the night – so are back in the Northern hemisphere. On the 11th we arrived at Callao which is the port ... read more


One of the most memorable moments of our first stop in Costa Rica, has to be the border crossing..... Thank god we had a fellow passenger who had done it before as I think we'd have thought they were having a laugh....So the shuttle bus rocks up in the town after about 45 mins of driving and take you to what seems like the back of town...The mini bus stops and this is as far as it takes you.... So you get out and are pointed to a set of steps say 120 which lead up to.....you have no idea!!! At the top of the steps you have 2 little huts with windows and one of these is the Panama boarder exit where you pay your exit money, $4 and the other where you get your ... read more
Reptile life
Cool Crab....
Cahuita- Team Ant on a mission...


Hello again my friends. I departed Bocas del Toro two days ago. Joined two girls from Buenos Aires after the 25 minute water taxi and split a 45 minute cab to the border, went through immigration, walked across the bridge border crossing, and caught a one hour bus to Puerto Viejo. Walked to Rocking Js hostel and booked a private cabina, no bigger than the size of the bed. ha. Rented a bike and had some great fish tacos at a Jamaican joint in town. Then headed south down an awesome jungle road, checking out some sweet secluded beaches. Came back in time to watch Denver beat Pitt from my hostel restaurant. Had some chicken peanut sauce stir fry that still isn't settling well, though it was good. I sat at the bar talking to a ... read more
Punta Uva
Jungle cruising
Welcome to Costa Rica


I am way over due for an entry, sorry everyone, It's been a busy couple of weeks. On Thursday, October 6th, the majority of our group took off for the Caribbean coast. We left San Jose at 4:00pm and took a four hour bus to Cahuita. We stayed in a very basic, but cool hotel called Cabinas Arrecife just for our first night. Because we arrived to Cahuita fairly late, the only places open to eat were bars so we went to Coco's Bar for a snack, some drinks, and a little dancing. There was a local band that played for a while, my favorite song consisted of the lyrics "rice and beans" over and over haha! And apparently I missed one that consisted of "banana, like it hot, banana, like it cold." Awesome. Cahuita was ... read more
Outside of the hotel
Helen chilln'
The little hotel pool




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