Costa Rica

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  • Day15

    Hotel Villa San Ignacio

    January 26 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Die letzte Etappe begann...

    Nach dem Frühstück verabschiedeten wir uns von Barbara und Eva, deren Weg zurück nach Quepos führte.
    Der Rest der Gruppe zog weiter zur finalen Unterkunft, der Villa San Ignacio, in der wir bereits die erste Nacht dieser Reise verbracht haben.

    Unterwegs führte uns die Route auf Höhen von bis zu 3500 Metern.
    Wir kehrten in ein Restaurant ein und gönnten uns ein paar Heißgetränke, bei denen wir an diversen Fütterstationen die Vogelwelt bewunderten.

    Auf den höheren Lagen stiegen wir aus uns begutachteten die Vegetationsunterschiede zum Tiefland.

    Dann quälten wir uns durch die Rush-Hour von San Jose und Alajuela.
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  • Day67

    Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica

    March 23, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our big day of driving continued from Sierpe and took us high up into the mountains that cover a large proportion of the lower half of Costa Rica. The highest point took us to the top of Cerro de la Muerte at 3451m, which was a fair amount of hill climbing for old Terry. We were just happy we weren't covering this by foot. The change in altitude bought with it a massive drop in temperature and a complete change of weather. We started the day in stunning sunshine, blue skies, strong heat and humidity in Drake Bay but in the mountains we found ourselves in the clouds, lapping up the cool breeze and even a few stray drops of rain.

    The locals obviously make use of the altitude up here as we saw many different types of food crops and of course many a coffee plantation too. Costa Rica is another Central American country which is well known for its quality coffee and have an estimated 130,000 coffee farms. Subsequently it is one of their main exports, although not as much today as previously, considering at one point in the 1900s it accounted for 90% of all their exports.

    The rest of our journey was largely uneventful but long, with the driving shared between Mike and Shorty until we hit the other side of the capital San José where there was much more traffic. With just single lane roads and a double yellow line constantly, everyone seems to just pass each other anyway whenever there is the smallest gap to do so. Shorty followed suit but didn't realise that there also happened to be two police cars parked on the opposite side of the road. Subsequently they pulled us over and then proceeded to try and tell us that it would be a $600USD fine for passing on s double yellow line. This was when I wished I'd done a bit of reading up on how corrupt the cops are here and how best to play it but obviously we knew this was a big yarn. $600 was laughable but maybe some people would fall for that. Eventually with a bit of bartering and pretending that we only had $50 on us, the end result was somewhat more of a bribe so they didn't write a fine. We probably could have got away with less or not even paid at all but in broken Spanish and just wanting to get back on the road and be on our way, Shorty and Em took the hit.

    By this point this 10 hour journey was really becoming a chore. Get us to Puerto Viejo. Stat.
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  • Day64

    10. Woche 1927 Übeminuten

    February 10 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Nun schlagen wir unsere Zelte im wunderschönen Nationalpark Los Quetzales in Costa Rica auf. Am Lagerfeuer feiern wir unsere erreichten Übeminuten.
    Die Folksmusik in Costa Rica zeigt einen starken afrikanischen Einfluss, in der komplexe Perkussionsrhythmen dominieren. Das Marimbaphon wird in der traditionellen Folksmusik sehr oft verwendet.

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