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Caldera the main port and a gateway to some of the most amazing rain forests and national parks in the world. While Costa Rica is one of the smallest countries in Central America, it is naturally diverse, with lush rain forests teeming with wildlife along side pristine beaches which attract thousands of visitors every year. The protection of this remarkable habitat is a priority for the nations government which focuses on ecotourism. The Reserva Biologica Carara offers a gorgeous nature walk. Costa Rica is a peaceful, democratic country which disbanded its army in 1940. Officially the Republic of Costa Rica population of 5 million, land area 333,000 live in the capitol San jose and 2 million in surrounding areas . The country is Republic with stable democracy, they are highly educated. The country puts more into ... read more
San miquel Rancho


Tues 4-Wed 5 December - Day 39 to 40 - Santa Elena Travelling back through the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas we then ascend a steep and bumpy mountain road that offered great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific Ocean. On the way we stopped at the crocodile river and had a short coffee break. After 3 ½ hours we reached the small town of Santa Elena, nestled up in the clouds and established by American Quakers in the 1950's. After dropping our bags off at the Don Taco Hotel which was at a top of a hill overlooking the town, we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly ... read more
TreeTop Bridges Walk  Monteverde Costa Rica (5)
TreeTop Bridges Walk  Monteverde Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest National Park Costa Rica -Quetzal (52)


Sun 2-Mon 3 December - Day 37 to 38 - Manuel Antonio We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to the small village of Manuel Antonio, where we visited the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. We checked into the Manuel Antonio Hotel which was 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the Park and just across the road from the beautiful beach. The water was brilliant turquoise and sand white with some pebbles to negotiate on the way into the water. We had got up at 4.00am for a 4.30am departure so that we were in the Park by 8.30am to beat the crowd. We organised a guide ($15USD each) which was worth every cent. Costa Rica uses the Colone ... read more
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Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - White-faced Monkeys (15)
Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - Racoons (4)

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas September 3rd 2018

Here we are, finally back to some world class diving...Cocos, reaching easily my top 5! Coming to dive Costa Rica and not diving Cocos, is a little like...missing what is the jewel of the country when it comes to diving. But I have to admit, this is not cheap at all, and it requests some serious advance planning and booking! But here I am, I've now dived Socorro, Galapagos as well as Cocos...I'm one of those very few fortunate ones! Let's not mention the price of a 10 days trip, 7 of them diving on the Okeanos I from Aggressor Fleet. I'm not a big fan of Aggressor, but put it simply, they are way cheaper that the two other boats going to Cocos, I name the UnderSea Hunter and the Argo. So I did it, ... read more
With my new dive buddy!
Males chasing femals...
Our little home for 10 days...


Having read that the Osa peninsular is one of the last great jungle destinations in Costa Rica (and maybe the whole of Central America) we thought we ought to visit. However we need to compromise, so can just go to Drake Bay for a couple of days. To really experience the area we would need to travel into the national park here, but we don’t have the time to do this (and it is not cheap once you add in the cost of park fees, park lodges and guides). We have a good room in the main village, but it’s unfortunately close to the local karaoke bar so we are kept entertained by singing until about 1:30am. There is an excellent walk we do from the village and though it does not go into the park ... read more


Are you driving from Guanacaste or San Jose to South Pacific Costa Rica or even only Manuel Antonio? The you need to stop at a very special place: the bridge over the Rio Tarcoles. From the bridge you can see dozens of huge American crocodiles, and you don't need to pay anything! you might see some other water birds as well, along with macaws on mornings and evenings, when they do their daily "commute" between Carara park and the mangroves. One important thing though: make sure to leave no valuables in your car!! I saw some people with doors unlocked that had their luggage stolen in less than 10 minutes.. because it's a popular stop. Right after the river, (Southbound), starts the Carara national park. It's a transition zone between dry and humid forest. Park is ... read more
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Crocodiles in rio Tarcoles
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People don’t really come to Santa Elena/Monteverde to see bats, but it turns out there is an excellent live bat display just outside town. The connection is that there are plenty of bats native to the Monteverde area, there’s not a huge amount to see, but it’s the sheer enthusiasm of the folk who run it that makes this a great place to visit. I’m surprised but we can take pictures of the bats, though it is very hard to get good ones as the bats aren’t keen to stay still for too long. The main attraction here though (excluding the adventure parks which might well be the main reason for some to come) are the cloud forest reserves. There are actually 3 separate reserves you can visit, we do 2 of them, both on self-guided ... read more


This morning we left the hotel at 7:00am to head to Monteverde Cloud Forest (a tropical rainforest). There is all kinds of plants, birds and mammals (sloth, monkey, ocelot, and pizote) that can be found in this rainforest. The drive took about 3.5 hours and the last 1-1.5 hours was uphill, curvy, bumpy (partly unpaved) road. The parking lot at the reserve was full, but the adventure tour company had room in their lot and were shuttling people the last kilometer to the reserve. The tickets were $22 for each adult. We started our walk towards the waterfall and It was a beautiful easy walk. We could hear so many different birds singing. This took around 45 minutes. We then headed towards the other side of the park and the suspension bridge over the cloud forest. ... read more


After a 2-nights-layover in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, where I finally bought new glasses (I had lost mine in a bus in Mexico 2 months earlier), Rebecka and I took on Monday, April 30th, the 6AM bus to Puerto Jimenez. The bus was quite comfortable and made a few stops during the 9 hour ride. Still, we were happy when we finally arrived. From the bus station, we took a taxi to our hostel, Corcovado Wild hostel, because it was raining like hell and we didn’t feel like being all wet. There, we had to wait for a half an hour until the owner, Christian, arrived. He had been on a day-tour to the Corcovado national park. He was very welcoming, showed us the hostel and where we could find a supermarket. Christian ... read more
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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
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