Costa Rica

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  • Day142

    Uvita, Pacific coast

    January 26, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Yesterday we moved on from Monteverde to Uvita, on the Southern, Pacific, coast of Costa Rica. The journey took about 5 hours but we saw plenty along the way, including vultures and other birds of prey, palm plantations and some massive crocodiles - lots of them! Our accommodation here is nice enough - large room, outside cooking facilities and a small pool - but it is more isolated than we'd expected and quite difficult to get anywhere without a car. Our main reason for coming to this area was to go whale watching but we were informed when we arrived that there are actually no whales here at the moment, so we're a bit gutted about that.... We have ended up hiring a car for a few days, to at least enable us to see some of the surrounding area whilst we're here. Laura is driving and it's an "interesting" driving experience, with only the main roads being made up and most of the minor roads being more like bumpy dirt tracks - plus the idea of road signs does not seem to have caught on here very much at all! This afternoon we went to Cascadas Verde - some waterfalls with pools where you could swim - it was a bit of a treacherous walk down with Solana and she was reluctant to go - but once we got there she loved swimming in the river and didn't want to get out! Afterwards we went for a walk along the beach, which looked and felt very tropical. The temperature here is much higher than in Monteverde - temps in early 30s C.Read more

  • Day143

    Last day on the Pacific coast

    January 27, 2017 in Costa Rica

    After a shaky start in Uvita and a lack of whales, we had a great day today and have decided that we do like the place after all! This morning we went to Playa Ventanas. We had to drive through a river to get there (luckily the car we've hired has 4WD!) but it's a lovely beach, with caves that you can walk into at low tide. We managed to time our visit right and could walk into the gloomy caves, see the waves coming in, tiny crabs and crustaceans like giant woodlice climbing the walls - very spectacular. There was also a river flowing into the sea, which was lovely to swim in after a dip in the Pacific, cool and got rid the sand in places you don't want sand! This afternoon, when the weather was a bit cooler, we went to the beach at National Park Marino Ballena, which has a sand spit in the shape of a whale's tail at low tide. We didn't time our visit here quite as well but did enjoy a long walk along the beach fringed with palm trees and dotted with plenty of tiny hermit crabs. This time, we had to walk through a river (happily only knee height) to get to the whale's tail bit! This evening we ate out at a local restaurant - more rice & beans, this time with fish. Costa Rica is more expensive than we were expecting - we are going over budget most days, so we've been staying in some places with cooking facilities and making our own food. Pasta & tuna is wearing a bit thin now though, so even the rice and beans was a welcome "change"! Here the currency is called Colones and the current exchange rate is about 680 to the GBP, so we're having to get better at large numbers in Spanish quickly.... Tomorrow we head North towards the capital city, San Jose - the road signs here are terrible, so I hope we know the way (cue the song!). We have nowhere sorted to stay for tomorrow night yet, so wish us luck....Read more

  • Day18

    Playa Ventana

    January 11 in Costa Rica

    Ventana is the Spanish word for window. You can see where this beach got this name. The water has carved long tunnels through the rock. There were lots of locals laying in their hammocks, picnicking with their families, and cutting open coconuts. Our students tried a favorite snack of Costa Rican.

  • Day17

    Hurricane Nate

    January 10 in Costa Rica

    We have learned about and seen the destruction from hurricane Nate. Remains of landslides can still be seen. As I write this, we are in a road that was half washed away and has not yet been rebuilt. The country revived a month’s worth of rain in just hours. Rivers flooded communities and washed away homes. Communities were trapped...and rivers are still brown from sediment from landslides.

  • Day7

    Dominical ou la vie simple

    March 31, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Chaque journée à Dominical sera rythmée par un lever aux aurores, footing pieds nus sur la plage (jamais je n'ai autant aimé courir) en admirant ce paysage fantastique. Puis, une douche à la bouteille d'eau (nous avons découvert une source d'eau gratuite l'avant-dernier jour, sur le terrain de foot du village), petit déjeuner, sieste, longues ballades où nous avons découvert l'autre bout de la plage, un endroit vraiment désert où nous avons installé notre hamac...ici, il est question de profiter du moment présent, presque de méditer même, et se contenter du peu de confort que l'on a.
    Pour nous occidentaux, habitués à nous gaver d'internet, de vidéos, de news, et j'en vie à Dominical est dépourvue de tout cela (et encore, le wifi est dans le bar d'à côté si on veut).
    C'est lorsque l'on est privé de certaines choses que l'on se rend compte qu'elles ne nous sont pas dues et surtout à quel point elles nous manquent et elles sont chères à notre petit quotidien! La valeur de l'eau, bien qu'on la connaisse, m'a sauté aux yeux lorsque je ne pouvais pas prendre de douche...
    Ici, le lever et le coucher du soleil sont déterminants. Tout le monde se couche tôt, même les fêtards se couchent à minuit, et tout le monde se lève tôt tout simplement.
    Une vraie belle expérience sans fioriture !
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  • Day43

    Hostel Cascada Verde

    May 17 in Costa Rica

    Da wir jeden Tag darauf warten, dass Lenzys neue Kreditkarte endlich ankommt, hängen wir schon einige Zeit hier in Uvita rum. Viel Zeit davon verbringen wir auch einfach nur im Hostel. Einerseits, da es einfach auch viel regnet, andererseits genießen wir auch mal das süße Nichtstun. 😎
    Wir lernen viele andere Gäste kennen, unter anderem Thomas und Flavia. Die Beiden Schweizer verbringen hier nach knapp 2 Jahren Weltreise ihre letzten Tage hier. Ihr Blog ist sehr lesenswert. 🌎Read more

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