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  • Day155

    Reflections on Costa Rica

    February 8, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Today was our last day in Cahuita and our penultimate day in Costa Rica. We walked into the National Park again this morning. We saw white-faced capuchin monkeys - they come down lower in the trees than the howler monkeys, so they're easier to photograph; they also seem a bit more curious and cheekier! We saw a couple more sloths, including one very active (non-sloth- like!) one, and some racoons (including 2 baby ones up a tree). This time we spent more time on the beach - Solana loved dodging the waves and body surfing with Laura and we all enjoyed walking along in the surf. A heron came by at one point to join in - you'll see it in the photo! This evening our dinner plan didn't quite work out and we ended up having to put Solana to bed early (she was tired out) and having a "dinner" of microwave popcorn and beer! We're now doing some sorting of all of our stuff, ready for the onward journey - boring but necessary.

    There is lots still the same about Costa Rica as it was when we first visited nearly 12 years ago but some things have changed. The internet is an obvious change - and that has changed the way people travel (more people seem to book ahead at accommodation, rather than just turn up and look around - which means if you do the latter, it is harder to find somewhere - as we found to our peril in Alajuela!). There seem to be a wider range of people travelling here - last time we came it was mostly young Americans whereas now there are more Europeans, French Canadian, more older people and more families with children. There are a few more surfaced roads I think but still plenty of bumpy unsurfaced ones, and more people hire cars or travel in air-conditioned minibuses than by public bus than there were before (including us as it turns out!). The country seems more ecologically aware and into trying to protect the environment, animals and recycling than it was 12 years ago too. More people speak some English than we found before. The food is much the same (still rice and beans heavy!) but and more menus are bilingual (Spanish and English). The national currency is Colones but US dollars are far more widely accepted than they used to be - almost everywhere. But the most noticeable thing is how much more expensive everything is - it is not far off European prices and our nightly budget of US$20 from 12 years ago would barely buy us a pillowcase now!

    We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit here and would highly recommend visiting Costa Rica if you ever have the chance. The wildlife in particular is absolutely amazing - if you have even a passing interest in wildlife, add it to your "to visit" list. We have managed to spot and identify 10 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles/amphibians and 71 species of birds, even though we were without a guide most of the time. Solana has now decided she'd like to be a wildlife guide when she grows up! It has some of the most accessible rainforest, cloud forest and volcanoes in the world. The beaches are good, the weather is warm and it still feels like a pretty safe country. It is more expensive than we'd expected (bargain on similar prices to mainland Spain I'd say) but that wouldn't matter as much for a 2-week holiday and the experiences we've had here have been amazing. Maybe we should have asked for commission from the Costa Rica tourist board to help make up our budget deficit?.....!
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  • Day153

    Cahuita National Park

    February 6, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Today we had a leisurely breakfast whilst sitting out the rain (we are virtually in the rainforest here, after all I suppose!). Once the sky brightened a bit we ventured out and had a walk in the nearby Cahuita National Park. This is one of our favourite National Parks in Costa Rica - it is easy to get to (you can walk here in just a few minutes from the town), the rainforest trail is an easy walk and best of all, the rainforest is literally just a few feet from the beach. When we visited in 2005, I remember there being a lovely cooling sea breeze that made the rainforest more pleasant to walk in. Today, after all the rain the past 2 days, it was pretty hot and humid but we still saw sloths (including one with a baby), racoons, lots of lizards, a bright yellow snake (turned out to be an eyelash viper - the 2nd most poisonous snake in the country!), ghost crabs, howler and capuchin monkeys, all followed by a paddle in the Caribbean Sea. Howler monkeys are apparently the loudest animal in the world - their calls can be heard up to 3km away! It is lovely to be able to step out of the rainforest into the sea and vice versa - a very special place.Read more

  • Day152

    Going Caribbean

    February 5, 2017 in Costa Rica

    We left Tortuguero on Saturday, after finding a hummingbird nest in the hotel grounds that morning – an amazing thing to see. Hummingbirds are tiny, weighing just a few grams each, so I can’t imagine the size of the eggs... Everyone’s luggage was all loaded onto a separate boat from the people – it looked very laden and somewhat precarious but thankfully all made it to the other end intact and dry! We, on the other hand, only just made it – the waterways here are pretty low & difficult to navigate in the dry season (Dec-April) and our boat got stuck on the sandy bottom...they had to call for a backup boat to help, unload half of the people from our boat, then move the rest of us to the front of the boat to rebalance and eventually we managed to clear the sandbank and make it to the port – intact and dry too! Along the way we saw a boat containing a family....and a fridge-freezer – I hope that one made it too. After 4.5 hours of travel (boat and bus) and still a way to go, we chickened out of the public bus and did the rest of the journey in an (expensive) air-conditioned minibus. We drove past a lot of banana plantations along the way – Chiquita, Dole, Del Monte – many of the UK’s bananas come from Costa Rica – the man from Del Monte definitely says yes here!

    We arrived in Cahuita on the Caribbean coast late afternoon, where we plan to spend most of the rest of our time in Costa Rica. Laura and I came here when we were travelling in Costa Rica in 2005; we only had a couple of nights here and felt it wasn’t long enough. This place is very different from the rest of Costa Rica – it has a much more Caribbean feel about it, the people, the food, the vibe. Today our activities were limited by the rain. We explored the town, which didn’t take long (it is basically just a crossroads by the sea!), walked along to the black beach to the West and to the National Park entrance on the East side, which we plan to go into tomorrow. We also had to find new accommodation, as the place we stayed the first night is now full; we’ve ended up in a cheap but OK place across the road – pleases me as it means we’ve come in under budget today for the first time in about 2 weeks, so we had an extra beer to celebrate! We’re looking forward to a few days of Caribbean sun (or rain as it seems so far!), sea, more wildlife, tastier food and cold beers – oh, and WiFi, after nearly a week of unreliable connections and tortuously slow blogging...
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  • Day154


    February 7, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Another day spent in Cahuita. This is a lovely, friendly and chilled out place to stay - but if you want anything in a hurry, forget it! This place doesn't just work on "Costa Rica time", it works on "Caribbean Costa Rica time" - i.e. unless you have the time and patience to wait, you will be very frustrated! This morning we went to a restaurant for breakfast and when we'd waited well over half an hour just for a cup of tea (never mind the food), chased it up a couple of times and still no sign, we decided to go elsewhere... we ended up in e French-run café that had marginally faster service. After breakfast we went out to "Tree of Life", an animal sanctuary that rescues injured/orphaned/inappropriate pet animals, treats and rehabilitates them, releasing back into the wild where possible. It was an informative tour and we enjoyed seeing the animals up closer than Is possible in the wild. Our favourites were the 2 baby sloths - so cute - and we finally managed to get a picture of the elusive sloths' faces!

    This afternoon we moved back to our original hotel in Cahuita, Casa de las Flores - a very friendly and relaxed place to stay, run by an Italian family. After a hot morning out (no rain today), we enjoyed a swim in the little pool. This evening, we went out for cocktails - great mojitos and a pineapple "cocktail" juice for Solana, followed by delicious Caribbean curry. Tomorrow is our last day in Cahuita, then we travel back to San Jose on Thursday before our flight on Friday....
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  • Day199

    Costa Ricas Karibikküste

    May 27, 2018 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Zurück von den Inseln fuhren wir weiter, nach Cost Rica war es ein Katzen Sprung. Bevor es jedoch in den Grenzübertritts Zirkus ging besorgten wir noch einmal etwas Getränke und ein, zwei Lebensmittel da Costa Rica sehr teuer sein soll. Geübt in Grenzübertritte begannen wir wie immer das “Check out“ Prozedere in Panama was verhältnismäßig schnell ging, von Costa Rica hörten wir Geschichten das es bis zu 4 Stunden dauern kann. Na dann auf in die Bürokratie. Costa Rica hat keine Armee was man an der Grenze direkt bemerkte, kein Bewaffneten beim befahren des Hoheitsgebietes. Dafür ein Herr in Schwarzer Hose mit weißem Hemd der uns dann auch gleich auf gebrochem Deutsch ein Hallo entgegen brachte ( dieser hätte wohl auch das Auto kontrollieren können wollte er aber allem Anschein nach nicht). Zweite Station die Immigration zwei Herren die kurz fragten was wir arbeiten und wo wir wohnen werden und dann gabs den Stempel. Voller Zuversicht ging es nun darum das Auto anzumelden. Die beiden Damen bei der Aduana waren sehr entspannt und auch nicht überarbeitet wie es schien, den ersten Zettel gabs gleich zum ausfüllen. Zügig dachten wir , und wurden losgeschickt um unseren Einreisestempel im Pass zu kopieren und eine Versicherung fürs Auto abzuschließen. Vorsorglich machte ich eine Kopie von der Versicherung man weiß ja nie. Diese Vorsorge Maßnahme erwies sich als Vorteilhaft was uns einen weitern gang zum Copyshop ersparte und die Damen ohne Zeitdruck das Arbeiten anfingen. Bis jetzt waren grade einmal 25 Minuten vergangen, doch erst nach weiten 20 Minuten bekamen wir unser Zoll Dokument zur Unterschrift mit der Bitte diese doch kopieren zu lassen. Also zurück in den kleinen Krämerladen mitten im Dorf. Der Kopierer, nach dem der Kopierer allerdings heute schon viel getan hatte verweigerte er ersteinmal den Dienst. Was sich nach 10 Minuten dann aber wieder einrenkte und ich mit der Kopie zurück huschen konnte. Nach 1 Stunde und 5 Minuten waren wir zur Abfahrt bereit. Es stand jetzt noch eine obligatorische Desinfektion des Fahrzeuges an welche in der Regel Kostenpflichtig ist, nur heute nicht die Herren hatten wohl keine Lust sich zu bewegen. Erstes Ziel Karibikküste. Ein Standplatz am Strand war schnell erreicht und auf dem Weg gab es noch einen Straßenhändler bei dem es Ananas, Mango, Bananen, Avocado, Guaba ( natürliche Bonbons, Kerne in einer Schotte mit Süßem Geschmack) und eine Kakao Frucht. Ein Tag mit Schnorchel und mehr baden weil das Wasser leicht aufgewühlt war ging zu Ende. Der nächste Tag eher unspektakulär mit Shopping und Bank endete wieder am Strand mit einem Rum. Wir besuchten eine National Park in dem es Affen ( Kapuziner Äffchen) und Faultiere gab. Faultiere fanden wir dann eins ganz am Schluss und der Name ist Programm die sind faul und hängen schlafend in Bäumen herum. Die Äffchen dafür aktiver und wir wussten nicht ob uns die Affenbande die uns auf lauerte nun Überfallen will oder nicht. Allen Mut zusammen genommen kamen wir aber ohne Übergriffe an ihnen vorbei. Noch am gleichen Abend machten wir uns auf die Suche nach einem Schlafplatz dann noch ein paar Kilometer auf dem Weg zu einer Archäologischen Ausgrabungsstätte. Der Besuch war nett und der Queso-Laden war für Costa-ricanische Verhältnisse günstig. Ein Besuch in der Hauptstadt war eher praktisch als touristisch und die Nacht in den Bergen auf über 3000 Höhenmetern war Kühl und bescherte uns am nächsten Morgen einen wunderschönen Ausblick.Read more

  • Day26

    Cahuita, Costa Rica

    February 23, 2018 in Costa Rica

    We love Cahuita.  We drove down with Luis through farm land and bannana plantations.  He found us Spencers Seaside Cabanas, where the surf pounds relentlessly, and we had a big room, with sheets that didn't stay on with a deck that looked out onto the Caribean through the palm trees. Caleb or I would sit on the deck in the evening and play the ukelele We take the bad with the good and it all balances out.   Cahuita is a small town, that has many small accomodations (5 - 20 rooms).  No resorts, a few fancier lodges up the beach.   The best part of Cahuita is the National Park that you can access by donation from the town end of the park (at the Puerta Viejo end it is $10 per person). We went in every day and walked the trail, hung out on the beach, walked up the beach in the water to get to quiet areas all to ourselves. 
    We really enjoyed the wildlife in Cahuita National Park.   There were lots of white throated capuchin monkeys overhead, that provided tons of entertainment.  Of course the baby ones holding onto mama for dear life that were 10 feet from us were amazing to see.  Marty would spend a long time engaging the howler males in territorial disputes,  just to see if he could make them go hoarse.  Would you believe Marty could outlast them?  Its because your such a stud Marty (says Luis).  We saw some agoutis (cat sized guinea pigs), a coati (a cat sized furry critter), but neither for long as they would run across the trail in front of us, or under a walk way.  There were several sloths that we saw (one hung out around our hotel and he climbed right past us on the railing while we ate our breakfast not 3 feet away).  One day we walked 10km around Cahuita point and there was 2 km on a beautiful boardwalk through old rainforest.  There was a mama sloth climbing down a tree and a baby hanging off her.  There is a symbiotic relationship between sloths, a fungus that grows on the sloths back, and ants that eat the fungus.  All good for mama who was apparently used to it, but the poor little sloth was going nuts trying to scratch at the ants, and keep hold of mama who was transfering from one tree to another with a great stretch, all in very slow motion.  They do not have any fast twitch muscles! 
    We hung out with Luis and watched him surf the waves at playa negra, and thought we were staying out of the sun, but would you believe it doesn`t take much time down here to burn on up? Painful, and embarassing.  I believe I was being judgemental just the day before when I saw a mom with a burn.  And we learn very slowly, forgetting various body parts on a regular basis.  We did bring sunscreen,  its just 20$ for small bottle, so I thought I`d try the cover up and stay out of the sun option, but you do have to do all of those parts together, and all the time!! 
    Caleb says these are too long (especially if you are on your phone), sorry!  Off for swim, and I`ll post this with photos later. 
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  • Day94

    Puerto Viejo

    July 27, 2018 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    It’s a nice little surf town with some good place to eat and waves! It’s a bit out of season for surfing, but you can see it’s potential.
    A lot of the businesses here are run or owned by expats, so it obviously has a way of keeping people! Our hostel was run by a German, Cafe Rico was owned by an english dude who’d been there 17 years. We hired bikes from an Australian and I had the best espresso ever from a French cafe.
    It’s got a real Caribbean vibe here, like most of this coast, and it’s a total mix of local people.
    It was pretty much raining the whole time we were here, I think we got the only good day in Tortuguero.
    We hired bikes and cycled up the coast to Manzanillo, had some food, had a play in the sea, drank hot chocolate on the way back at a cacao farm and had a couple of beers. We saw some capuchin monkeys in the trees too! All good.
    The next day we went to the Jaguar sanctuary. They didn’t have jaguars, but they did have loads of sloths and monkeys. This was the best run rescue Center I had been too and it was all funded by the tours. The woman running it was a primate specialist and most of the people working there were volunteers. Our tour was with a girl from Manchester who was really good. She has the worlds first PhD in Sloths, so really knew her stuff. I am now full of all the facts and happy that I’d seen enough sloths. On the cycle home, we saw a couple of wild ones too. All good fun
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  • Day148

    COSTA RICA - Cahuita

    December 26, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Und scho si mr i üsem Zielland acho. Motto da: Pura Vida! U das „Läbe“ hei mr in Cahuita ou rechtig gnosse. A schöne Stränd si mr ga Wäue gumpe u im Nationalpark ga Tier beobachte. Brüllaffe hei üs am Morge gweckt u Kapuziner-Äffli si uf üsem Dach umegumpet. Sogar e chline Kaiman het sich de Teich vom Hotelgländ aus dihei usgsuecht. E gmüetliche, tierriche Ort!Read more

  • Day6

    Cahuita Ntl Park

    November 15, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Gisteren was het plan om Caraïbisch te gaan eten, maar net zoals de zapaterios (schoenmakers) en gallos (hennen) werkt Doña Maria niet op maandag!
    Plan B: Donde Richard, waar we ceviche en patacones (gefrituurde plataan) hebben gegeten. Lekker, maar voor eventjes (vond ik), is echt heel zuur na een tijdje. De combinatie met patacones was nochtans wel heel lekker. Alles doorgespoeld met een Imperial biertje. Smaakt hier goed!

    Vanochtend wekker om 4u, bootbus om 5u. Een uurtje genieten van het woud bij opgaande zon.

    Ontbeten aan snelweg 32, in een 'soda'. Moeilijk uit te leggen, is een soort simpel restaurantje waarvan je er heel veel tegenkomt. Dit was Soda La Cabaña. Ik ging voor een Desayuno Tipico met rijst, bonen, gebakken plataan, spiegelei en zure room. Bryan had een rijstschotel Arroz La Cabaña met mais, mozzarella, spek en frietjes. Heerlijk!
    We sloegen onze koffie achterover en vertrokken richting Cahuita met een tussenstop in Puerto Límon.

    Dit werd uiteindelijk letterlijk een tussenstop, gestopt met de auto en beslist ineens door te rijden naar Cahuita. Puerto Límón is echt verschrikkelijk lelijk en druk en stinkend.. Nee dank u!

    Langs de zee naar Cahuita gereden, naar Playa Negra om precies te zijn. Niet zeker of ik het al vermeld heb, maar niemand heeft hier een adres. Onze cabana voor twee nachten (genaamd Wolfsong) was te vinden in de weg links van Bungalows Malú. Drie deuren gepasseerd, geen idee dewelke we moesten hebben.
    Toch maar even gebeld, we hadden wel op een deur iets van Caribbeads zien hangen.
    'it's the same same same same same. I will wait at the door, be welcome'

    Wel een figuur, mensen zeggen al eens 'gooit er snel een muntje in' indien iemands broek net wat laag hangt waardoor de bovenbilspleet zichtbaar wordt? De colones munten zijn echter een pak groter, dus denken we dat ze nog iets meer plaats moest laten.. Wel een supervriendelijke. Haar hond droeg de sleutels voor de cabana.

    Gezien we hier heel vroeg zijn toegekomen, hebben we beslist ineens het Cahuita Ntl Park te bezoeken, dit park is eigenlijk een stuk strand met een strook bos, gekend voor de slangen.
    We hebben een gele,zeer giftige slang gezien. Indien je gebeten wordt, ben je na 45min dood.
    Ik heb ook nog een luiaard gespot, was toch wel goed gezien, hing in een hele hoge boom. Daarnaast nog enkele mooie vlinders en vogels.

    Snackje gegeten en vroeg gaan slapen.
    Vandaag Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge en indien we tijd hebben ook Bri Bri.

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  • Day7

    Manzanillo + La Ceiba

    November 16, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Een beetje uitgeslapen, pas om 7u vertrokken naar Puerto Viejo op zoek naar een leuke activiteit voor de dag. Niet direct iets gevonden, dus beslist eerst te gaan ontbijten. We zijn terecht gekomen bij Cafe Rico, een gezellig cafeetje met overal boeken uitgestald en supercharmante serveerster die ons begroette met 'Ola chicos!'.
    We hebben gekozen voor de Ana Rosa Especial, en amai.
    Een bedje van frietjes, geraspte kaas, rode biet, avocado, gebakken plantaan, spek, een ei, gecaramelliseerde ui en een stuk of zeven gebakken tenen look. ZALIG!

    We waren beiden opgekikkerd van dit royaal ontbijt, hadden ondertussen ook een activiteit gevonden in de buurt: Jaguar Rescue Center aan Punta Uva.
    Dit center is eigenlijk gestart met twee biologen, de ene gespecialiseerd in apen, de andere in reptielen en amfibieën. Zij waren gepensioneerd, maar de gemeenschap wist van hun opleiding. Er begonnen mensen langs te komen met zieke of gewonde dieren omdat ze niet wisten waar ze anders naartoe moesten. Op een dag kwam er iemand langs met een jaguar welpje. De oprichters hadden echter geen goede voeding of medicijnen in huis en het welpje is gestorven. Om ervoor te zorgen nooit meer zoiets mee te maken, hebben ze beslist een officieel center op te richten met de juiste middelen. De naam van het center is in nagedachtenis van het jaguar welpje.

    Rondgeleid door Daan uit Amsterdam (toevallig), was zeer boeiend, maar ook confronterend door alle achtergrondverhalen van de dieren. Sommige zouden niet meer vrijgelaten kunnen worden door te zware verwondingen.
    Een bloemlezing van de sterren van het center:
    Tammy, de blinde en geestesgestoorde miereneter
    Pistachio, de kingof the center, een pelikaan met enorm veel streken
    Diabolino (kleine duivel) de margay (katachtige) die teveel gewend is aan mensen om vrijgelaten te worden, maar toch een bezoekende bioloog in de nek is gevlogen, klauwen eerst (zijn famous 'last words' , in het Catalaans, 'kijk eens wat een lief katje', is er met de schrik en paar littekens vanaf gekomen)
    En the queen of the center, een piccary (soort zwijntje) dat vooral luilekker lag te slapen.

    Hiernaast nog baby luiaardjes, baby aapjes, slangen, een ocelot met arthrose, vrij rondvliegende toekans en oropendulas (luide en deugnietige vogels).. Super!

    De dieren die gelukkig wel vrijgelaten kunnen worden (nog steeds de meerderheid) worden uitgezet in La Ceiba reserve. Direct een avondwandeling vastgelegd!

    Tussendoor nog even gaan snorkelen aan Punta Uva, hier begint een koraalrif bijna direct aan het strand. De zee was nogal wild en de zichtbaarheid was niet zo heel goed. Toch aantal visjes kunnen zien. Terug naar onze cabana vertrokken om ons voor te bereiden op de avondwandeling.

    Afgesproken aan een rancho om eerst een hapje te eten. Er was ook een Spaanstalige familie bij, ik heb begrepen vanuit Guatemala.
    Onze gids had een gruwel van een machete bij. De nadruk lag op kikkers, slangen en insecten. Die eerste twee vond ik enorm de moeite, met persoonlijke favoriet de kikker die een miauwend geluid maakt en de prachtige zeldzame kikker die we hebben gezien. Zal een foto van google insluiten, de echte staat op de kodak. Onze gids was in elk geval onder de indruk.
    De insecten waren minder mijn ding. Het ging nog wel in de eerste helft van de wandeling, tot we echt 1 hele grote spin hebben gespot.. Toen ben ik in crisismodus gegaan :) Bryan bleef maar vragen naar tarantula's.. Brr.

    Maar alles was zowiezo dik de moeite!
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