Blogs from Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 4


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

The warm evenings and hot sunny days were exactly what I wanted, coming from Seattle. It was also nice after the chilly evenings up in the mountains of Monteverde. Cloud forests are beautiful, but you’re in a cloud. The beaches around Manuel Antonio were a whole different world. We stayed with a woman named Anita who has run a small guest house called Casa Buena Vista for forty years. It’s on a steep bluff overlooking the Manuel Antonio beach, so the deck area above our room was up in the trees. We saw dozens of squirrel monkeys and a few howler and capuchin monkeys too. It was fun to lay back in a hammock and watch the squirrel monkeys playing around us in the tree tops. We saw almost as many animals from Anita’s as we ... read more
Baby Sloth!
Trouble a.k.a. Capuchin Monkey
Tent-making Bats

We started our trip up in the mountains, in the cloud forest at Monteverde. I had heard I could see nine species of hummingbirds in the cloud forest, and that was enough for me. Mom has never objected to a birding trip. There are a couple different roads up to Monteverde, which I didn’t bother to research. I grew up driving old logging roads in Washington and Idaho. However, I will say that parts of the road from Rancho Grande, labeled 606 on the map, are pretty rough and have some steep drop offs. I wouldn’t recommend it for people not used to unpaved mountain roads. On the way back down, we took 605 through Sarmiento and it was lovely. Mostly paved and with fewer drop offs, it has beautiful views of the Gulf of Nicoya ... read more
Monteverde Reserve
Violet Sabrewing

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » San José December 15th 2018

Nach Panama ging es ins nächste weiterentwickelte, fortschrittliche Land in Mittelamerika: Costa Rica. Nach einem ultrakurzen Flug von Panama war ich dann auch schon in der Hauptstadt namens San Jose, gemäss unserem Reiseleiter eine der hässlichsten Städte in Mittelamerika. Darum triffts es sich gut dass ich nichts unternommen habe und mich vom Flug in den frühen Morgenstunden erholt habe. Schnell ging es dann am nächsten Tag von San Jose in Richtung La Fortuna. Um nicht die ganze Fahrt im Bus zurücklegen zu müssen, sind wir dazwischen auf ein Boot umgestiegen. Aber nicht irgendein Boot, sondern ein Schlauchboot in welchem wir im Wildwasserfluss geraftet sind. Schlussendlich sind wir alle sicher in La Fortuna angekommen. In La Fortuna besuchten wir einen Wasserfall in welchem man auch baden kann. Das ganze war zwar schön anzusehen, das Wasser aber zu ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica December 12th 2018

Oh Dread. Here comes that overwhelming feeling of doom. It can only mean one thing. My Central American adventures are coming to an end. I’ll have to return to my reality in chilly Canada. I don't like it one bit. But then again, who does? Further pressure comes from my Parental Units who are in Mexico and want me to stop by to have a Feliz Navidad with them. That leaves me with only 10 more days in Central America, and three countries more to visit. Like that’s going to happen. Nicaragua is the next logical place for my trip down memory lane, but my friend from Guatemala I call my “Pair of Brown Eyes” isn’t keen on that. Too risky right now for foreigners. I begrudgingly trust his judgement. Besides he won the Rock Paper ... read more
Cheeky Toucan
Arenal Volcano
Espadilla Sunset

Thurs 6-Fri 7 December - Day 41 to 42 - La Fortuna and return to San Jose for 1 night Our next journey took us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal took about one hour 30 minutes and the landscape was truly spectacular. Rolling hills eventually give way to the distant views of Arenal Volcano but we didn’t stop for photos as the clouds were very thick and low at the lookouts. Stopping by the side of the road, we walk down a dirt path to our boat on the shores of Lake Arenal. The scenery was truly stunning of the lake and we travel for approximately an hour slowly approaching Arenal Volcano. Once we reach the other side, we boarded another ... read more
We hired a motor scooter for the day in La Fortuna (2)
Arenal Lake near La Fortuna (10)
Arenal Observatory Resort and Spa (21)

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
Manuel Antonio Sunset (3)
Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - White-faced Monkeys (15)
Manuel Antonio Nationaal Park Costa Rica - Racoons (4)

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica December 1st 2018

Leider bringt es nichts hier in Costa Rica den nächsten Blog zu laden, da hier in Costa Rica aus einem mir unbekannten Grund keine Bilder dargestellt werden. Ich hoffe das Problem löst sich dann an der nächsten Destination, El Salvador.... 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)

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