We made the decision early on to blitz through Costa Rica, just picking out some highlights. Though beautiful, it's comparatively expensive compared to the rest of CAm and after two weeks in the Corn Islands we had our fill of beautiful beaches.
Along with Mike we traveled a couple of hours up into the hills of Monteverde which is renowned for it's pristine Cloud Forests and abundance of birds and other animals, and famed for a host of outdoor activities including ziplining, hiking and canyoning. The change in temperature was remarkable, having just come from the Pacific Coast, we suddenly found ourselves digging out jackets and long pants to keep warm as the thick mists descended upon us.
We came here to go ziplining in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. We chose Salvatura as it has 3km of zipline cables, with 18 platforms, bridges and a tarzan swing and is the only park located in the Primary Forest. While it was an entirely different experience to our amazing Laos Gibbon Experience a few years ago, the final zipline, a 1km tandem "Flight of the Quetzal" located 100km above the tree canopy was comparable. We managed to shoot some video which
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While we were shivering in Monteverde, Melbourne was in the midst of Spring Racing Carnival, and honestly we were missing race fever. We live just minutes from Flemington racecourse and so we are never far from a horse or punt and usually spend this time in a flurry of fascinators sipping champers at the races with our friends. To experience a little bit of home, we decided to organise an impromptu Melbourne cup sweepstakes in the hostel that we were staying at. About 10 minutes before the main race was to kick off we rounded up 3 more Aussies, Mike (a Brit), and a couple of Canadians. The buy in was 1 million colones per horse, with 12 million up for grabs for the winner, 8 for second, and 4 as compensation for the last place getter.
to watch the race via the internet we experienced some "technical difficulties", and had to resort to listen to the race via the ABC radio stream. With the eight of us huddled around the computer listening to the radio broadcast, we thought we had time travelled back to an era when groups gathered to listen to the wireless. The race was much harder to follow when you can't see what is going on, and we waited with baited breath while the winner was decided. Mike's horse was robbed of victory, and one of the Aussies took out first place, and we won a cool 4 million when Modun came last! Just wish that 4 million was dollars, not worthless Colones! (1 million colones = $2AUD)!
After a couple of days, of spending way too much money and acquiring a nasty cold, we decided to head to the Caribbean coast to Puerto Veijo, a rustic reggae-inspired party town. On the way there we met up with Lindsey and Rich who we had met in El Salvador, and their new friends Stacey and James, and joined them for dinner and drinks. Strawberry daiquiris and some warm weather beach time proved to
An aussie and a kiwi exploring the world ...
"Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" - Anon
In Jan 2007 we set out on an overland journey from Asia to Europe overland. From India, via Nepal, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe ... destination Ireland, with no flights. Trains, buses, tuk-tuks, boats, bikes, yak, camel, and rickshaws all formed the basis of our travels.
Suze spent a year living and working in Ireland (in between all the long weekends away), Dave returned to Oz for 6 months but re... full info