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Cahuita

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  • Day31

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    December 6, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Meinen 2. und damit vorletzten Aufenthalt in Cahuita verbringe ich gediegen mit meinen zwei französischen Champignons. Da sie unbedingt in ein ihnen bekanntes Hotel wollten und mir anboten, ihnen den Preis zu bezahlen den ich für ein Hostel zahlen würde, sagte ich natürlich nicht nein. Und schon gar nicht, als wir an der Rezeption ein kostenloses Upgrade vom Standard Zimmer zum eigenen Häuschen erhalten haben. Da dies wahrscheinlich die letzte noble Behausung für eine längere Zeit sein wird, verdient sie definitv einen Eintrag hier. Oh und natürlich auch das Faultier und der Nationalpark zum Dritten ;-) Ich kann gar nicht genug davon bekommen🌴♥️🙏Read more

  • Day421

    On The Road Again

    July 20 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Anfangs Juli gab es hier Lockerungen. also sofort auf Costa Rica Tour. Vorbei am Vulkan Arenal und hinauf zum Vulkan Poas. Dieser ist jedoch in dichten Wolken. Mit etwas Glück, so zwischen den Nebelschwaden sah ich doch noch kurz den Kratersee. Dann an die Karibik Küste zum Baden. Die Fallzahlen von Corona stiegen aber massiv an und die Regierung verhängte eine Woche Fahrverbot. Kein Problem, hier am Strand lässt es sich gut aushalten.Read more

  • Day3

    Eindrücke aus Cahuita

    November 8, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Hier findet ihr ein paar Eindrücke aus Cahuita. Ein verschlafenes, mit Restaurants und Bars überhäuftes Dörflein irgendwo an der Karibikküste. Bis jetzt habe ich noch keine Sonne gesehen, aber immerhin regnet es nur den halben Tag. Die Unterkunft ist sehr charmant und mein Zelt inklusive Bett steht inmitten eines Miniregenwaldes. Das Essen ist bis jetzt grossartig! Im Supermarkt dauert es auch nur noch 18 Minuten bis ich passende Produkte finde :-D Und am Strassenrand ist sogar das eine oder andere giftig aussehende Tier zu finden.Read more

  • Day6

    La pura vida

    March 27, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Am Dienstag ging es nach einer Wanderung auf dem Gelände unserer Gastgeberin weiter in Richtung Cahuita. Auf dem Weg dorthin waren Bananenplantagen so weit das Auge reicht, und wenn doch mal was anderes am Straßenrand zu sehen war, dann waren es riesige Containerumschlagplätze von Chiquita, Dole, Delmonte und Co. Die Straße war voll von LKWs, und an beiden Seiten wurde schon abgeholzt um die Fahrbahn mehrspurig auszubauen. Das schockierende war, dass die Bananen an den Bäumen in Plastiksäcke gepackt werden, um sie vor Kratzern durch Bananenbaumblätter zu schützen. Und das alles nur, weil der europäische Konsument die perfekt aussehende Banane wünscht!

    In Cahuita angekommen bezogen wir unsere nächste Unterkunft, diesmal ein großes Zelt mit Bett, direkt am Meer und mitten im Grünen. Das nutzten wir um uns erstmal abzukühlen, obwohl das Wasser relativ warm war. Der ganze Ort Cahuita ist noch total ursprünglich, die Leute sind alle extrem entspannt. Abends haben wir Ceviche gegessen, ein Gericht aus Peru das aus rohem Fisch besteht, der in einem Sud mit Limette, Koriander, Zwiebeln und Paprika serviert wird. Lecker! 😊 Im Zelt konnten wir das Meer rauschen hören, so macht Camping Spaß.

    Mittlerweile haben wir das Gefühl richtig in Costa Rica angekommen zu sein, auch wenn der Jetlag uns nach wie vor fest im Griff hat. Mal wieder sind wir um 6 Uhr aufgestanden, um uns auf den Weg zum Nationalpark Cahuita zu machen. Dort haben wir viele Tiere gesehen: ein Faultier, Nasenbären, Waschbären, große exotische Vögel, Blattschneideameisen, Einsiedlerkrebse, Affen, Leguane, Eidechsen und leider auch die ein oder andere fette Spinne 😖 Aber auch die Pflanzen und der Strand waren echte Highlights! Nach einer langen Wanderung durch den kompletten Nationalpark kamen wir an einem anderen Eingang wieder raus und sind mit dem Bus zurück zu unserem Mietwagen gefahren.
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  • Day98

    Cahuita

    June 16, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Durch die Mitfahrgelegenheit mit Jill und ihrem Mann bin ich entspannt nach 4 Stunden Fahrt in Cahuita angekommen und habe mir ein süßes kleines Hostel gesucht. Am nächsten Morgen bin ich dann gleich früh in den Nationalpark gegangen und habe eine 2-stündige, sehr interessante Führung mit einem Guide gemacht. Neben dem ausfindig machen verschiedener Tiere mit dem Fernglas habe ich auch ein Survival-Training bekommen: mir wurde gesagt welche Blüten essbar sind und die Termiten habe ich doch glatt mal gekostet (gute Proteinquelle 😂). Schmeckt zitronig-scharf. 🤔
    Danach bin ich noch weitere 3 Stunden wandern und die Natur bestaunen gewesen.
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  • Day100

    Playa Negra Cahuita

    June 18, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute habe ich den schwarzen Strand von Cahuita besucht. Da das Wetter mal wieder recht bewölkt und regnerisch war, habe ich die Zeit mit Mandala malen, spazieren und schaukeln verbracht. 😊

  • Day155

    Reflections on Costa Rica

    February 8, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    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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