Blogs from Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Nach einem Zwischenstopp von 2 Nächten in San José, der Hauptstadt von Costa Rica, wo ich endlich eine neue Brille gekauft habe (ich hatte meine 2 Monate vorher in Mexiko in einem Bus vergessen), sind Rebecka und ich am Montag, den 30. April, um 6h morgens mit dem Bus nach Puerto Jimenez gefahren. Der Bus war relativ bequem und wir machten ein paar Pausen während unserer 9-stündigen Fahrt, aber am Ende waren wir doch froh, als wir endlich ankamen. Vom Busterminal zu unserem Hostel, Corcovado Wild Hostel, nahmen wir ein Taxi, denn es regnete ziemlich stark und wir hatten keine Lust komplett nass zu werden. Im Hostel mussten wir dann eine halbe Stunde warten bis der Besitzer, Christian, zurückkam. Er hatte eine Tagestour durch den Corcovado Nationalpark geführt. Er war sehr freundlich, hat uns das Hostel ... read more

Last week we went from San José to Corcovado National Park. It is quite difficult to find good and recent information online about how to get there, but it’s quite easy. You have two choices : either you go to Drake Bay and take a ferry from there to Corcovado National Park or you go to Puerto Jimenez and take a shuttle to the park. What we did was the following : at Atlántico Norte bus station in San José, we took the 6AM Bus to Puerto Jimenez. It costs only 8000 Colones (= 14$US or 12€) and takes about 8 to 9 hours to get there. The bus is very comfortable and stops about every 1 1/2 or 2 hours either for a short pee-stop or for a lunch stop. It’s quite fast and cheap, ... read more

Letzte Woche sind wir von San José zum Corcovado Nationalpark gefahren. Es ist relativ schwierig online gute und aktuelle Informationen über diesen Park zu finden und dazu wie man dorthin kommt. Tatsächlich ist es ganz einfach. Man hat 2 Möglichkeiten : entweder man fährt nach Drake Bay und man nimmt von dort aus ein Boot zum Corcovado Nationalparkt oder man fährt nach Puerto Jimenez und nimmt von dort aus ein Shuttle zum Park. Wir haben folgendes gemacht : am Busterminal von Atlántico Norte in San José haben wir um 6h morgens einen Bus nach Puerto Jimenez genommen. Der kostet nur 8000 Colones (= 14$US oder 12€) und die Fahrt dauert nur 8 oder 9 Stunden. Der Bus ist sehr bequem und stoppt alle 1 1/2 oder 2 Stunden mal, entweder für eine kurze Pipi-Pause oder für ... read more

Lapa Rios - rediscovering the child from within!You know when I research where to stay I read a lot of trip advisor , blogs and so on and so on.. but if someone would ask me where to go in Costa Rica i would tell them - that if you only have enough time for one place - this is the place to go . Lapa is the Spanish name for the macaw while rio is the word for river. The owners John and Karen first visited the future home of the ecolodge, they witnessed a number of majestic scarlet macaws flying across the jungle, appearing to form a river of red above the canopy.... read more
howler monkey - the sound of horror
jeff and Edwin

On our way to Lapa Rios a National Geographic Eco Reserve at the end of nowhere ..we realised it would take us 7 hours to get to the next destination. We decided to break up the trip into two sections - using our resting place as Manuel Antonio a popular beach resort half way down the coast. I forgot to mention that Costa Rica is in the rainy season so we drove more than 4 hours in torrential rains that were refreshing but definitely slowed us a down especially since the highway is in reality a two way road with no shoulders and a lot of small and large moving trucks. As we entered the intersection towards Manuel Antonio I was so proud of Jeff as he and the Gps help me drive and manoeuvre our ... read more
small houses in small town
women walking across street

Leaving Manual Antonio for Corcovado national park on the southwestern Osa peninsula felt like driving into a different country and a different era. The further down south we went, the less tourists (or locals) we saw. Aside from some massive palm oil plantations we passed in the first 100 km, it felt like we were driving into a Costa Rica as it must have been when eco-tourism to this country first started some forty years ago. Corcovado is the largest national park in Costa Rica and covers most of the Osa peninsula. As getting there takes a bit of effort and access is restricted to 400 people/day spread over 4 different entrances in the park, it felt completely different from the other parks we visited so far in Costa Rica. We decided to go in the ... read more
Corcovado sunset
Scarlet Macaw

We spent the day at and around the research station and the Corcovado national park. After a night of exhaustion sleep, broken by restless periods due to the heat, we started our first walk at 0430. This was pre dawn and the light built quickly. We were fortunate that few people slept at the station on the previous night, so there was nobody else on the trails. Wildlife viewing started almost as soon as we left the clearing around the station and entered the jungle. Nito was great at spotting wildlife or identifying places where the action might happen. He found: Tiny bats and frogs in strange places like under palm fronds and inside newly-opened banana leaves; Copulating lizards and huge cockroaches. Army and leaf-cutter ants and their nests. The Army ant nest was actually a ... read more
The tidal estuary we had to cross the day before, and the next day: yes, there are crocodiles
One of a herd of Pecaries crossing our path
Toad: not sure if it is a Golden Toad

Day 1. As I noted, our hotel was very close to the airport: I fact we had aeroplanes roaring over it to land. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast before setting off to the airport and into the hire car system. Unfortunately we Harpers had gone a little too far in stripping our wallets so the Australian driver licences were back in Melbourne. The Hausdorff's had to carry the load. We got on the road with our mini SUV and onto the complex web of highways that run west from Alajuela and San Jose. Somehow we managed to make three wrong turns and had to circle back again. One was fortuitous and took us down the valley and into San Mateo. A tiny place but big enough to have a little lunch cantina. Much more friendly than ... read more
Swimming at Playa Espadilla
The edge of Manuel Antonio National Park
View from and across our guesthouse: "Paradise" for short.

Eh oui chers lecteurs et chères lectrices, me voila de retour sur la route une fois de plus... A la recherche de nouvelle aventures et de nouvelles rencontres et prise de conscience. Je tiens d'abord a vous dire que je suis en possession d'un clavier anglais et qu'il m'est donc impossible de mettre accents, apostrophe, etc. Les seuls endroits ou ils apparaitront, ce sera grâce a l'auto correcteur. Cela étant dit, me voila en mesure de vous raconter mes premiers périples en terre des Ticos (ainsi appelons-nous les Costaricains en espagnol..) Voila déjà près de 3 semaines que je suis au Costa Rica, ce pays ou je fais mon apparition pour la deuxième fois. Mon périple a commencé par une surprise! j'avais décidé que ma première destination serait le petit village qu'il m'avait été donné de ... read more
Mis amigos los pizotes
La familia

The main tip when trekking in Corcovado National Park is to pack light, meaning that clothes need to be re-worn over multiple days. By the second day of our trek, we could not determine if the terrible smell was from rotting carcases, schools of Peccaries, poo being thrown at us by Spider Monkeys, or just ourselves. By the end of the trek, our clothes smelt so bad that it was gut churning, and some of them had to be thrown out, as they were not salvageable. In fact they probably could have thrown themselves in the bin... Corcovado is rated by National Geographic as the world's third best National Park, and the most biologically intense place in the world. It is one of the few remaining areas of lowland tropical rainforest left, and due to its ... read more
Crocodile coming in from the sea into Sirena River
Scarlet Macaw
Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan

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