Blogs from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 8


Costa Rica 2013: Day 7:Monteverde Day 3: This morning we'd booked the Hanging Bridges tour at Selvatura. The minivan picked us up, and about 12 others. After a rather long ride, mostly due to rough, winding roads, we arrived at Selvatura. This place has the Hanging Bridges tour, at least one canopy tour, canyonerring, a Tarzan swing, and Butterfly, Insect, and Serpent houses. We were really looking forward to seeing some wildlife, so we got our tickets and headed onto the footpaths towards the first of eight bridges. To make a long story short, we saw almost nothing but plants, a couple of birds, and one centipede! Granted, the trek was enjoyable, there were some pretty cool plants, and the hanging bridges were pretty neat, but that doesn't add up to $30 each worth of enjoyment. ... read more
J.C. on one of the hanging bridges
Weird Leaf
Cool Bamboo Tops

Costa Rica 2013: Day 6:Monteverde Day 2: This morning we ate our first breakfast in the hostel. Manoli had fresh fruit, coffee, and juice, all good and so fresh. I had some fruit and a decent pancake along with coffee and juice. While Manoli got ready for the day, I went to the ATM to get some cash for the day. Although the machine at Banco Nacional said it gave dollars, all it allowed me to get was Colones. Oh well, next time we'll use the Banco Costa Rica ATM. Our minivan showed up right on time for the trip to the El Trapiche tour we'd booked for 8:45am. Eventhough the tour cost $30 each, it was well worth it! Our excellent guide was one of the owner's sons and he was very informative and sociable. ... read more
Great View
Cabinas El Pueblo Hostel
Raw Coffee Beans

Cosat Rica 2013: Day 5:Tortuguero To Monteverde: We woke up at 4:30am to pack up and get our taxi to the village boat ramp. The lodge made us up two bags of fresh fruit for the trip, and there was fresh coffee too. Unfortunately, they didn't remember the cream/milk, so I only drank a bit of it. We arrived at the village boat ramp before the ticket office opened, so we bought the first two tickets to La Pavona. The trip up the canals wasn't as exciting since we'd seen it all before, but we were entertained by the boat pulling into several private places to pick up stuff to deliver to either La Pavona or Cariari. Probably nothing elicit, but it made me wonder. We also had to wait after the first stop for a ... read more

Sorry folks, you've still got to put up with my (Ben's) rambling as I have the advantage of being able to type away whilst on the bus and we're currently snaking our way up into the Panamian mountains...but that's for a blog in a few days time. We woke up a little disgruntled given we had to leave our beach paradise and travel back to the dirty capital. We could've have easily spent another couple of days relaxing but alas, the tour must go on. It wasn't all bad though, as our public bus back to San Jose wasn't leaving until noon so we had the morning to 'chill-out'. I rose around 8.30am, chucked my running gear on and went for a jog along the beach. As soon as I opened the front door I was ... read more

We allowed ourselves a bit of a sleep in this morning given our frantic week of bussing all around the country. We wandered 3 doors up from our hotel to a hostel that did $4 'big breakfasts' – fruit platter, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and of course, Central America's favourite dish, rice and beans. The sun was already beating down on us and it felt like 100% humidity, as even sitting down and eating would raise a sweat. We wandered up to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park, paid our $10 entrance fee for foreigners (if I was Costa Rican, the entrance price was about 50c), shrugged off the would-be guides who were trying to obtain our business and strolled into the park, confident of seeing the elusive sloth. The Manuel Antonio National Park is ... read more

We were on the road relatively early again as we made our departure from Monteverde, down out of the mountains and back down to sea level. The view was amazing as our little mini-bus spiralled its way along this windy gravel road. Rolling green mountains, some of which were baked in sunshine whilst others were covered by low hanging cloud. Rach tried unsuccessfully to capture the moment, the bumpiness and trees lining the road proving an obstacle. We stopped after about 2 hours and we knew we'd come down out of the mountains as the first thing that hit us was the heat! It was only about 10am by this point but whilst we waited at the little truck stop we all chatted about not being able to wait to hit the beach in Manuel Antonio. ... read more

We had a massive day today! We had to be up at 6am so Olly naturally blasted out Troublemaker again at us! Nooooo! We had breakie included in our hotel for the next 2 days which was good for saving money as we are just burning through cash in Costa Rica cos it is so expensive! It was simple – fruit, toast and some eggs but not too bad. We all piled into the van again and drove for about 20 mins into the cloud forest to meet our guide Christian. He was another super passionate guide which was funny and also really good! We walked around for about 2.5 hours spotting birds (Ben really has turned into the next bird whisperer and spotter! - who needed a guide!) and animals. We even managed to sort ... read more

We were meeting at a relatively reasonable time this morning – 8.30am. We had read that the Rainforest Cafe had the best reviews for food in La Fortuna and we only had one meal left to try it so we threw our stuff together and headed down the road to try it out. The coffee was fantastic. We are slowly getting used to having full cream milk. Its gonna be weird going back to skinny milk when we are home! Ben had fruit, granola and yogurt which was yummy but a bit too much watermelon for him as he isnt a massive fan. I got pancakes with strawberries and it was so weird. They had cut up 2 strawberries and had each one in 4 slices placed in each pancake as it was cooked! With maple ... read more

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica April 21st, 2013 We arrived at 7 this morning and we are leaving at 4:30, in ½ an hour. When we leave on tours early in the morning we pre-order breakfast, it was delivered at 6; because we gained an hour last night and we went to bed early, Terry had already brought down coffee from the Lido restaurant to our room. We boarded our bus at 7:20 for a 40 minutes drive to the Tarcoles River where we saw many birds (including Macaw), many crocodiles and lovely sunshine. From this 1hour boat trip, we traveled on the bus for ½ an hour to the Carara Reserve National Park where we embarked on an aerial tramway and climbed over 1000 meters through rain and shine in a tropical forest, we saw monkeys, ... read more

April 20: From the Osa Peninsula , we took a small plane (18 seat Otter) to La Fortuna, the town nearest to Arenal National Park. Never been in a plane that has big square windows before, great views over the coast and inland Costa Rica. CR is mountainous with generally poor roads, so flying was a good option and quite cheap. 2 flights and three hours later and we had crossed a large part of the country to north of San Jose. Our digs were in a tent at Arenal Backpackers Resort, a very attractive setting with views of the volcano and a lovely pool. We were lucky, not long after we arrived, the cloud lifted and we got an amazing view of the volcano from there (it is covered in cloud or mist about 80% ... read more
Blue Morph Butterfly
Hummingbird in flight

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