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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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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


Freitag den 27. April wurden Rebecka und ich um 8h20 von unserem Shuttle nach Monteverde abgeholt. Zuerst fuhren wir 1 Stunde mit dem Shuttle von La Fortuna zum See, dann 45 Minuten mit dem Boot über den See, gefolgt von 5 Minuten mit unserem Gepäck zum nächsten Shuttle wandern, und dann nochmal 90 MInuten mit dem nächsten Shuttle nach Monteverde. Das Shuttle war ziemlich voll, aber die Fahrt war ganz ok und die Landschaft super schön. Der Busfahrer stoppte sogar einmal an einem besonders schönen Ort damit wir Photos machen konnten. :-) Die Straße vom See nach Monteverde erinnerte uns sehr stark an Guatemala, sehr schlecht, viele Löcher und unglaublich holprig. ^_^ Der Busfahrer ließ uns bei 100% Aventura raus, wo wir eine Ziplining Tour gebucht hatten. Wir kamen genau pünktlich zum Start der Tour an ... read more
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On Friday, April 27th, Rebecka and I were picked up by our shuttle to Monteverde at 8:20AM. First, we had 1 hour in the shuttle to the lake, then 45 minutes on the ferry (more a boat than a ferry), followed by a short 5 minutes hike to the next shuttle, and then 1h30 more in another shuttle to Monteverde. The shuttle was quite full, but it was ok and the landscape was beautiful. :-) The bus driver even stopped once to let us take pictures of a particularly beautiful spot. The road from the ferry to Monteverde reminded us a lot about Guatemala, the road being really bad and bumpy. ^_^ The bus driver let us out at the 100% Aventura park. That’s where we had booked the canopy tour. We arrived just in time ... read more
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Day 1 Saturday April 14th We get up early and left for the airport in Nashville by 5 AM. We boarded our American Airlines flight and off we went. We had a few bumps along the way, but at 2:30 pm Costa Rica time, we touched down in Liberia. The airport was really easy and we were outside with our luggage to meet our shuttle in no time. With just a little delay a friendly driver took us the 20 minute drive to Casa Conde Beachfront Resort where we were staying. Casa Conde is a small boutique resort amongst the trees right on the Pacific Ocean. It was lovely. We were greeted with a cold towel and a fruity drink. We were upgraded to an ocean view room. It didn't have a Jacuzzi tub, but we ... read more
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Mittwoch den 25. April haben Rebecka und ich unser Hostel um 8h45 verlassen um den Bus um 9h nach Cañas zu nehmen. Dort mussten wir dann eine halbe Stunde auf den Bus nach Tilaran warten und in Tilaran dann nochmal eine Stunde auf den Bus nach La Fortuna. Insgesamt hat die Reise gut 5 Stunden gedauer, aber es war ganz ok und der Bus kostete uns nur 5$US während ein Shuttle fast genau so lange gebraucht hätte, aber 35$US gekostet hätte! Wir kamen gegen 14h in La Fortuna an und, nach unserem Check-in, sind wir erstmal was zu Mittag essen gegangen, denn wir starben bereits vor Hunger. Unser Hostel, das Arenal Container Hostel, war ganz cool, auch wenn es ein Container war. Die Möbel in den gemeinsamen Räumlichkeiten waren größtenteils aus recycleten Materialien, die Zimmer waren ... read more
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On Wednesday, April 25th, Rebecka and I left our hostel at 8:45AM to catch the 9AM bus to Cañas. There, we had to wait half an hour for the next bus to Tilaran where we had to wait for 1h to get the bus to La Fortuna. In total, the way took to La Fortuna took us a bit more than 5 hours, but it was quite ok and only cost 5$US p.P. where a shuttle would have taken almost the same time but cost us 35$US! We arrived to La Fortuna at around 2PM and, after checking into our hostel, we directly we went for lunch because we were starving. Our hostel, the Arenal Container Hostel, was very nice even if it was a container. The furniture in the common areas was made of recycled ... read more
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What’s the downside of visiting one of the best tourist destinations in the world? Everything else pales in comparison, or at least initially. The spectacle of Machu Picchu was still afresh when we landed in Costa Rica. The bar had been raised and expectations were soaring, albeit unconsciously! The weather in April was warm and balmy and San Jose’s airport was more than welcoming. Here, people greeted one another saying “Pura Vida”, meaning “have a pure life” and this wellness greeting was heavier on the scales than greetings for a good day or part of a day that we were so accustomed to. Perhaps there was some intrinsic quality in the people and their attitude towards life that led to Costa Rica topping the world’s Happiness index, three times in a row :) :) :) With ... read more
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