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Boca Vieja Creek

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  • Day286

    ¿Qué es Quepos?

    May 11 in Costa Rica

    Leaving David in Panama late in the afternoon, after waiting for the TicaBus for over two hours, we headed towards the border of Panama and Costa Rica. Up until this point, border crossings had been relatively straightforward, although often time-consuming. We should have realised that this next crossing may be a bit more involved when we were stopped twice on our way to the border by military police and immigration officers, who checked everyone's ID. Usually most countries aren't concerned about people exiting the country but not in Panama. Everyone was taken into a small room and told to line up behind a row of stainless steel benches that could have been the playground of a serial killer – think Dexter. The customs officer ranted something at us in Spanish but his accent was so strong and he spoke so quickly that we barely understood what he said. We understood that our bags would be inspected before we could continue to immigration to get our passports stamped. Our names were called as if we were at school and then the customs canine entered the room to inspect our bags. As there were no x-ray machines, the next inspection was a manual process with the officer rummaging through everyone's bag. After the whole ordeal, we boarded the bus again and went three hundred metres so we could go through the same process with Costa Rican officials. This time, the customs officer seemed really pissed off and wanted most of us on the bus to pay. Quite a few people, including Jason, had their bags upturned and all the contents thrown onto the inspection table. Now, if anyone has seen our bags, they are jam-packed and the task of reorganising the contents is no mean feat.

    After seven hours on a bus, we were dropped off in the middle of nowhere on the side of the highway. The bus driver pointed to a car parked behind the bus and said that the guy would take us to the centre of Quepos for US$5. We took one look at the beaten up car that looked like it had been stolen, taken for a joyride and now was going to take us back to Dexter's workshop so that we could be cut-up into small pieces and thrown into the Pacific Ocean. The driver got out of the car so that we could place our bags in the boot but to do so he needed to open it with a screwdriver. The back door was almost falling off and, not unsurprisingly, there were no seatbelts. The price of the journey also seemed to have increased in the meantime to US$6.

    When we arrived to our apartment, we realised that none of the properties had numbers and our so-called taxi driver had to ask several people if they knew where the terracotta-coloured apartments were located. We eventually found what we thought was the correct location but not only did the property not have any numbers there was no bell or way to get the owner's attention and we didn't have any phone reception. It was late in the evening, but fortunately there were a few people in the streets. Ricky went in search of someone who could contact our host, while Jason stood at the front of the property yelling out “hola”. After about five minutes, we were let into our accommodation and we could finally rest.

    The following day, we explored the small town that is home to a population of around 22,000. We had expected the images seen in tourist brochures about Costa Rica that show beautiful beaches and rainforests. In the main centre of town, there weren't any beaches as such, just the shoreline and marina. We did stumble across some interesting wildlife hanging out alongside the roads, including colourful iguanas.

    One of the main attractions in the area is the Parque National Manuel Antonio, a 1,983 hectare nature reserve with supposedly 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. It is named by Forbes as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks. Our main reason for visiting was to go in search of brown-throated three-toed sloths and Hoffmann's two-toed sloths. We've been searching for these allusive creatives for a good part of our journey throughout South America and Central America. We were positive that this was going to be the moment that we would get a chance to get-up and close, two or three toes crossed. But alas, we wandered the national park for hours and found not one. All that we got was a sore neck from looking up at the high trees. We knew that they were mainly nocturnal animals but that they have to come down from the trees every eight days to defecate … and we didn't even see a shitting sloth! But we did see lots of cute monkeys jumping from tree to tree, playing with each other or searching for lice on each other. One specie of monkey, the Howler Monkey, could be heard in the distance as they howled amongst the trees, producing a sound that was more like a pack of dogs fighting.

    After a brief swim at Manuel Antonio beach, we went in search of sloths one last time before heading home. Although nicer than the shorelines in Quepos, for two Aussie boys, it's hard to beat Australian beaches. We'd conjured up imagines similar to the Maldives but it wasn't quite the same. It was at this time point that the skies opened up and torrential rain fell. We also thought that we may have also spotted a sloth in a tree. Well, it was a greyish blob sitting in the tree. After eavesdropping in on a conversation of one of the tour groups we ascertained that it was a rare stick bird and not a sloth. During the conversation, we also overheard one of the American tourists say that aliens had built the pyramids in Egypt and in the Americas so that that they knew where to return in the future. And she was deadly serious. With that, we exited the park, completely drenched from head to toe like a drowned sloth. Disappointed. Oh well, we'll have to continue our search at our next destination.

    Next stop: Playas del Coco via Puntarenas and Liberia.

    For video footage, see:
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  • Day323

    Quepos, Costa Rica

    April 19 in Costa Rica

    15. - 19. April 2018

    Ganz spontan entscheiden wir uns, doch noch den touristischsten Nationalpark Costa Ricas zu besuchen: den Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Und wirklich, es hat sich gelohnt! Der Park ist direkt am Meer gelegen, so dass man an drei Sandstränden baden kann. Die Wege sind alle schön gepflegt und mit Zement oder Holz ausgestaltet; Matsch und Dreck gibt es hier nicht. Trotz der vielen Leute (wie muss es erst in der Hauptsaison sein), sahen wir viele Tiere: Kapuzineraffen, Rehe, Krabben, Krebse, Agoutis, Kolibris, Iguanas, Eidechsen und hörten Brüllaffen. Für uns neu waren die neugierigen und unverschämten Waschbären (man halte sein Essen fest) und die Totenkopfäffchen. Die sind hellbraun und etwa so gross wie eine junge Katze, genau so flink und super niedlich wie sie von Ast zu Ast und Baum zu Baum springen. Die riesigen Bäume, Palmen und ganz generell die andersartige Pflanzenwelt beeindruckt und fasziniert uns immer wieder aufs Neue. Kaum waren wir aus dem Park, sahen wir schon wieder Totenkopfäffchen auf den Stromleitungen entlang rennen:). Ja, der Park lohnte sich auf jeden Fall!

    Der Sonnenuntergang am Strand brauchte wegen der Wolken etwas Vorstellungskraft. Der dazugehörende Coco Loco schmeckte trotzdem ausgezeichnet. Und über uns kreischten die kleinen grünen Papageie um die Wette.

    Sabina hat ein wenig den Reisekoller. So legen wir einen Plantag ein, um zu entscheiden, was wir noch alles sehen und in welchem Tempo wir weiterreisen wollen. Da Plantag so nach Büro und Langeweile tönt, ist dies, dank Sutis Einfall, unser Happy Future Day:). So geht alles schon viel einfacher.

    Memories: Sabina entdeckt Sushi; Wein in der Gastro Z Bar wurde sogar dekantiert.
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  • Day168

    Quepos - kei Bsuech Manuel Antonio

    January 15 in Costa Rica

    Am Morge früeh si mr in Malpais ufbroche zum uf dFähri zfahre. Doch paar Schlaglöcher witer si mr inere Kolonne vo Autos gstande. dLüt hei gstreikt u e grossi Strasseblockade gmacht, wöu si e besseri Strass wöi. Verständlich! Für üs het das gheisse me wie e Stund zwarte, im Schatte vom Auto zsitze u aues mit de Rueh znäh. Natürli hei mr de die planti Fähre verpasst u hei 2.5 Stund uf die nöchsti müesse warte. Nach de stündige Überfahrt esches ändli mal biz vorwärts gange, bis mr wäge Strassearbeite 25min wedr hei müsse warte. Si mr froh gsi, wo mr bi üsem Guesthouse acho sei. Am nöchste Tag hei mr wele i Nationalpark gah. Doch scho bim Anefahre churz nach de 7 ni hei mr hider u vor üs etlichi Autos gha. Wo mr de bim Igang dAstahschlange gseh hei, het de Töse an Turnaround gmacht. De Massetourismus esch nüt für üs... Mr hei de Tag de schliesslich gmüetlich a verschiedene Stränd verbracht.Read more

  • Day28

    Ab nach Uvita

    May 2 in Costa Rica

    Nachdem der erste Schock überwunden war und das wichtigste geregelt, konnten wir von Quepos aus nach Uvita fahren und ins Cascada Verde einchecken. Und wen treffen wir da? Niko, Janet und Chris sind auch hier gelandet! 😂

  • Day113

    Meerchen wechsel Dich

    June 29, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Von der karibischen an die pazifische Küste: Der Lonely Planet schreibt, dass man theoretisch an einem einzigen Tag in Costa Rica in beiden Meeren baden kann.

    Seeeehr theoretisch: Wir haben gestern insgesamt 12 Stunden gebraucht, um mit Bussen von Puerto Viejo nach Quepos zu kommen, wo heute schon der nächste Nationalpark wartet ☺

  • Day1

    Dos

    May 31, 2016 in Costa Rica

    The reason our flight was so reasonable is because it's Costa Rica's rainy season. We were hoping to use this break to get sun and relax (with a sprinkle of adventure) but the forecast says it'll storm all day...every day.

    We were pretty discouraged, thinking we had made a big mistake, but I remembered when I studied here 10 years ago. It was the rainy season then and I still saw a lot of sun. Essentially, it rains for a few hours every afternoon, but get your nature in early and it's not a problem. In fact, this time of year means fewer tourists, and cheaper prices.

    This morning we took a three hour bus ride from San Jose to Quepos. It was more comfortable than we expected, and we stopped half-way for snacks and bathroom. We took the opportunity to grab food and water - both of which we hadn't had since we were on the plane 18 hours before! It was delicious!

    We're staying at Pura Vida Hostel for three nights. It costs $20 a night for a private room and shared bathroom. The other guests are fellow trekkers on a budget. We all went to the local grocery and cooked dinner. Most are from Europe and two of them just finished medical school in England. We played the Bullshit card game, and my highlight of the evening was the comment, "Leave it up to an American to call bullshit on an English King!".
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  • Day32

    Manuel Antonio

    October 1, 2016 in Costa Rica

    Bin jetzt bis mindestens Mittwoch in Manuel Antonio. Ist echt schön hier. Super Strand, riesiger Nationalpark und viele Touristen. Hab heute ne 5er Gruppe aus Deutschland kennengelernt. Waren auch zwei Surfer dabei. Sind aber leider schon weiter gezogen. Denke ich werde morgen meine ersten Surfstunden nehmen. War heute bei Pedro, der will für 3h Privatunterricht 40$. Das ist ein super Preis für das teure Costa Rica. Außerdem bin ich ja auch deswegen hier. Werde dann am Montag mir nur ein Board leihen und trainieren. Die Wellen sind echt gut hier. Am Dienstag besuch ich dann den Nationalpark. Dann sehen wir wenn es mir gefällt, ob ich noch ein paar Tage bleibe oder weiterziehe.Read more

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