Blogs from San José, San José, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean

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Well... our adventure started off... not quite like the adventure we had planned. When you live in Canada, travelling in February is a great idea - you want to get away from the cold and the snow, get a little vitamin D and come back with a nice glow that will make everyone jealous. That was our plan at least. Unfortunately, the Canadian winter (which was really non existent in Penticton until recently) decided to show its ugly face as we were literally departing on our trip. After one slight delay, we were in the car driving to the airport to get the notice our flight had been cancelled. Not because of snow in Penctiton but because of snow in Vancouver that’s the downside of flying out of a small airport! With highway 97 closed due ... read more


Fri 30 Nov-Sat 1 December - Day 35 to 36 - San José The capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, due to the damage done by earthquakes, but it was certainly worth seeing the National Theatre, built in 1897. We arrived at our accommodation Hotel LaRosa del Paseo after a 40 minute drive from the airport. It was dark by the time we checked in at around 5.30pm. We went to an Argentinian restaurant for dinner and as you would expect, the meal was cooked to perfection. Our first full day in this capital city was spent walking along its many pedestrian streets and seeing the main sites of the town. This included visiting ... read more
San Jose Costa Rica - National Theatre (9)
San Jose Costa Rica at night (2)
San Jose Costa Rica - National Park (1)


For us the answer to this question is via Volaris, a Mexican budget airline, this being the cheapest way to make the short journey from San Salvador to the Costa Rican capital. Despite a few glitches with their booking website and it taking a couple of goes before we successfully managed to check-in on line, generally everything with the Volaris flight goes smoothly. As we don’t have access to a printer I download the boarding passes to my tablet which works fine for all the baggage, security and boarding checks. The bag drop turns out to be one of the simplest I’ve encountered and there is zero queue, immigration is also strangely deserted, which means we are early for the flight departure. The plane departs on time and arrives early. San Jose airport is only 20km ... read more


As though I haven't learned the lesson enough times- the Universe reminded me again that I should really stop planning my travels so much. I had just sent my detailed itinerary to my parents when I got he update that my PHL- FLL flight had been delayed. At least I could slow down eating the meal Orion had cooked me before driving me to the airport. Got to the airport to find out the flight was now delayed by 2 hours, meaning I'd miss my connecting flight in FLL. Spirit was super easy about rebooking me onto an American Airlines flight that would get me to my connection on time. Win! Then that flight got delayed. I had found Jacob, a fellow yoga teacher that is also going to Envision and we killed time at the ... read more


Today we took an excellent walking tour around San Jose. We started in front of the Teatro Nacional and our excellent guide led us to various points of interest throughout the city. We passed through some absolutely beautiful parks, heard the stories behind some fantastic statues and historical buildings. My favourite thing our guide did was stop and ask locals what a particular statue meant to them, or who does this painting remind you of... so very cool. Everything was interesting but my highlights were: the story of the uprising of girls from a local high school to essentially call bullshizzle on their then president (they *may* have burned a building down...oops), the present day political goings on (we are here on Election Day!) and an encounter with a type of eucalyptus tree that has leaves ... read more
Lunch at La Tortillera
SJ map
Coat of arms for Costa Rica


Woo hoo! I was super excited for this trip but holy crisp was I ever down to the wire to get packed and ready. I had to be up at 4:00am and went to bed at 1:30am. Urgh. I’m usually freakishly organized, but this is my first trip post-new puppy and I didn’t account for all the extra stuff I’d have to do to get things ready for him. Plus, since I had a wonderful friend staying with my wee nugget while I was gone I wanted to leave him a clean house. I barely made it. I didn’t get around to cleaning my baseboards and ended up shoving piles of clean laundry in some random drawers. It also meant that, even though I made a packing list, I was sure when we left for the ... read more
My wee nugget
Cosada
hydrangeas in bloom


This year, on my birthday, I decided to go to Costa Rica. 26 percent of the total territory of Costa Rica is occupied by national parks, and I wanted to see everything in 14 days. A distinctive feature of my travels - I do not drive a car and therefore can count only on public transport and I had to re-read a lot of information to prepare for the trip and would like to share the result of this unforgettable journey. San Jose journey I flew early in the morning from JFK with a transfer to Orlando and at one o'clock in the afternoon I landed at San Jose International Airport Juan Santamaria. Nearby there is a busy highway linking the capital, but you need to have the Colons in cash to pay the fare. Therefore, ... read more
downtown-san-jose


My last morning in Manuel Antonio was nice. I went and did a zipcoaster through the jungle, it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life! Zooming past monkeys high up in the trees, holding on for dear life! My bus back to San José (the capital, where I left the majority of my stuff at Maria's house) was at 5pm and hostel check out was 12pm. Luckily the bus stop was right next to... THE BEACH! Best bus stop EVER. So spent the afternoon swimming and sunbathing. When I got to San José I had to get across the city by myself and find a public bus back to Maria's house in Santa Ana, in the suburbs. I smashed it! I don't think I would survive here without my Spanish - I have ... read more
My coach to Nicaragua
On the coach - the seats go RIGHT back!
Volcanoes!


25.6. Wir fahren heute nach Quepos, weiter im Süden. Die Strasse führt durch Felder und Wälder, über Hügel und durch Dörfer und schliesslich wieder der Küste entlang, die Fahrt dauert rund fünf Stunden. Die Strasse ist meistens in tadellosem Zustand, Verkehrsregeln werden von den Einheimischen allerdings meist nur als Empfehlungen angesehen, was uns bisweilen entweder zu einer Verkehrsbehinderung macht oder in Gewissenskonflikte bringt... Vor Polizeikontrollen - die erstaunlich regelmässig am Strassenrand stehen - werden wir von entgegenkommenden Autos jedoch zuverlässig mittels Lichthupen gewarnt. An die Bodenwellen, die zu Entschleunigungszwecken vor Ortschaften eingebaut sind, haben wir uns bereits gewöhnt. Sie haben uns auf der ganzen Reise durch Mittelamerika immer wieder genervt (in dichter besiedelten Gegenden führten sie zu einem unangenehmen steten Gasgeben und Ab... read more
granulierter Pfeilgiftfrosch
Sandfloh-Strand auf Isla del Caño
Einsiedler-Krebse




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