Blogs from Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 6

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Dag iedereen, Onze laatste dagen in Costa Rica gaan in en we beginnen het te voelen. We worden meer moe en de heimwee wordt groter. Deze morgen zijn we naar de Don Juan Coffee tour geweest. Er werd stap voor stap uitgelegd hoe ze koffie maken: van een zaadje planten voor de koffieboom tot het verpakken van de koffie. Er werden ons ook tips gegeven hoe we de beste koffie kunnen kiezen uit de supermarkt. (interessant) We zagen ook hoe je een sugar cane kan persen tot een heerlijk drankje + hoe je van de cacaovrucht cacao kan maken. We mochten natuurlijk ook proeven van hun koffie, hun chocoladedrankje en hun pralines. Nore was vooral geïnteresseerd in de pralines. Na een rustige middag zijn we naar de frog pond gegaan. Daar kan je verschillende soorten kikkers ... read more
Avondlicht
Coffee-berry
Sugar cane


Dag iedereen, Vandaag stonden we om 7u klaar om naar het Monteverde Cloud Forest te gaan. Een cloud forest is verschillend van een rain forest omdat in een cloud forest de wolken door het woud zweven en de regen dan ook meer horizontaal valt dan verticaal. De bomen zijn ook kleiner dan in een rain forest. Cloud forest in Monteverde is de nummer 1 van de wereld. We namen een gids zodat we meer zouden zien en we hadden de beste gids die we tot nu toe hebben gehad. Hij groeide op in Monteverde en speelde als kind in het woud waardoor hij het echt volledig kende. We waren maar met 4 dus we hadden eigenlijk een privé tour en de gids heeft er zelfs langer over gedaan dan was voorzien. Hij was zo blij met ... read more
Female Quetzal
Ficus (holle boom)
Two-toed sloth


Heading out on a road trip is always exciting.....pack up the car, load the kids (oops scratch that!) dig out the map, and off ya go! Well here in Costa Rica it is double the fun because you always get lost....a couple of times a day, and the road them selves can be as exciting as a pants peeing roller coaster ride! So off we head out of Tamarindo heading for a Ferry. The story of our lives; trying to coordinate our schedule with that of the Ferries. Tamarindo is on a peninsula much the same as Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast back in Beautiful British Columbia is, so we are used to the run for the ferry. The roads are unpredictable and we gave ourselves plenty of time to make it. We got there with ... read more
Ferry off the "Coast"
Local Ferry
Check out the ramp


Dag iedereen, Vandaag zijn we om 8u vertrokken met Interbus naar Monteverde. De meeste mensen gaan van La Fortuna naar Monteverde met de Jeep-boat-Jeep, over Lake Arenal maar met al onze baggage leek het beter om toch met Interbus te gaan. De weg was heel erg moeilijk, heel veel grote putten in de weg dus de auto moest zeer traag rijden. Wel zeer mooie uitzichten op onze tocht. Echt prachtige groene heuvels. Om 12u30 zijn we toegekomen in Los Pinos, onze laatste verblijfplaats. De luxe hebben we gespaard voor op het einde. We hebben hier echt een huis met 3 slaapkamers + 3 badkamers, keuken, living en tuin. Echt ruim en mooi. Los Pinos ligt ook in een bos waar je een bepaald pad kan volgen zodat je uiteindelijk op een platform terechtkomt waar je een ... read more
Uitzicht
Uitzicht
Nore


Sunday 18/11/12 – After spending some time trying to communicate with the ‘hotel’ workers young child, and a strange conversation with a man wielding a Mormon bible, we left town and rode towards the mist covered volcanic mountains. We had packed all our valuables into the bottom of our panniers as we knew we were heading into some remote areas and thought we might be at risk of some phony roadblocks. However after some time we started seeing tourist buses and rental cars everywhere. We disappointedly followed the rest of the map-wielding gringos all the way to the city of La Fortuna which is nestled under a picturesque volcano. The town is named ‘the fortune’ as a huge eruption in 1968 destroyed most of the jungle and villages around the volcano, except La Fortuna. Looking around ... read more
Our route through Costa Rica
Leaving for our evening volcano hike
Sunset on the volcano fields


We liked living in our log cabin and enjoyed the peace and solitude of the grounds which bordered the cloud forest. There was always plenty of wildlife wandering around the cabin that we were never short of company. If we needed supplies there were a couple of small stores nearby or we could walk down the hill to the tiny town of Santa Elena- although we had the long steep climb to get back from the town to our cabin........We were about 2km from the town in one direction and several Forest Reserves for hiking in the other. I should warn you here before you read on that this is a rather long blog so do not feel obliged to read it all.............. After a morning’s hike it was lovely to relax outside our cabin surrounded ... read more
Agouti Family
White-nosed Coati
Blue-crowned Motmot


What an incredible journey we had getting to Monteverde from La Fortuna. As mentioned in the last blog we had been warned that it was going to be a very long and bumpy journey - and it sure was. Getting our cases from the bus to the boat was quite difficult as there was not much tarmac to pull them along, so we had to lift them, whilst at the same time trying to watch where we were walking......... Luckily a nice American tourist helped lower mine off the side of the boat after we crossed to the other side of the lake. Which was just as well as the only way off was via a very wobbly metal step perched in the mud on the edge of the lake. A minivan was waiting for when ... read more
Santa Elena
Our Cabin at Los Pinos
Buff-throated Saltator


Monteverde. Monteverde is a small town in a very hilly region of Costa Rica. It is in fact two towns, Santa Elena being the main town tourists visit. As I mentioned in my earlier post, the American gentleman and I were heading over to Monteverde together. We met our shuttle in the morning and it took us to a boat. We took the boat across the river to another shore, which did not even have a dock, where we met another set of shuttles which would take us up into the hills of Monteverde. Despite its hilliness, and it is really steep and hilly, the area around Monteverde is still worked by farmers. Most of the fields had cows who roamed around and grazed freely. The drive, like most in Central America, is not far in ... read more


Vamos con el siguiente capítulo, bros! Hoy ha tocado cambio de ciudad. Lo cierto es que en La Fortuna, además del volcán, poco hay más que hacer salvo vegetar. No es posible hacer algún trekking por tu cuenta por la falta del volcán. Hay un cerro al lado del volcán al cual me gustaría haber subido, pero con el agua que cayó, cualquiera se atrevía a subir. De hecho, cerraron la entrada a esa zona del monte porque cayeron árboles al camino y a la catarata y había demasiado peligro como para andar con tonterías. Así pues, esta mañana he pillado una combinación de furgo-barca-furgo, para llegar a Monteverde. Con esta combinación de transporte, acortando por el lago Arenal, te ahorras unas cuantas horitas del ala de autobús público, así que, a desembolsar unos cuantos dólares ... read more
Sobran las palabras... estaba en la puerta de un bar de carretera.
Tirolineando un poco
Bus tico patrio


National parks and zip-lines This year we went to Central America for vacation. We spent three weeks in Costa Rica and one week in Panama. In this blog entry we are going to write about what we did the first couple of days, days when we mainly lurked around in the areas around La Fortuna and Monteverde in the north of Costa Rica. These days we were three people travelling together for a change, instead of two as we usually are. We were Emma, Ake and Anna who is Emma's sister. La Fortuna in situated near the active Arenal Volcano. The volcano started erupting in the end of the 1960-ies and was continuously erupting for more than 40 years until is suddenly stopped little more than a year ago. For many years tours to see the ... read more
Humming bird
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Red-eyed Tree Frog




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