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Playa Cocles

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  • Day143

    Puerto Viejo

    June 25, 2017 in Costa Rica

    And so now I find myself in Costa Rica, having taken the most lax border crossing in the world. The border has local people riding bicycles up and down and families taking their children across. The only people who go into the immigration offices are the tourists.

    But anyway, finding myself in Costa Rica is pretty good because I've always wanted to come here.

    First stop on the map is Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean coast. The town has a Jamaican/ Caribbean vibe to it and is on the beach but also in the jungle. In a way it reminds me a lot of Thailand.

    Tom and I arrived at around 3pm and had a total mind fuck seeing as we had gained another hour (now 7 hours behind the U.K.). We are staying at the Selina's here which I like a lot less than the one we stayed at in Bocas. We chilled for a bit and I got into a political debate with this American guy by the poor for about an hour or so. Them Tom and I walked into town and had a big faff over trying to get money out of the cash machine. We went to the supermarket and nearly had a heart attack when we spent $14 on literally not much food at all. CR is expensive!

    I ended going to bed quite early because gaining the hour had really played with my body clock (so help me for when I come back to England). On a separate side note to all my loyal, avid readers - I've finally booked my flight back to London on 13th September from Varadero in Cuba. 🙌🏼

    The next day we got up early for yoga which I really enjoyed. We then rented bikes with no brakes - to make them stop you had to cycle backwards which was not that fun to get used to. We cycled to Punta Uva which is one of the nicest beaches in the area. We sunbathed until it became overcast and then slept until it started to rain and then we had to cycle back to the hostel. It then continued to rain pretty much all afternoon and I had to walk 1km in the rain with my big backpack to my new hostel which I prefer a lot more. The rainy season here is pretty full on and stops everything!

    In my new hostel I spent the next day just chilling until around midday when it was time to speak to Josh. We've barely spoken since he left Colombia just due to being busy and having no wifi in the San Blas.

    In the afternoon I went on a run to Playa Cocles. I haven't put on a pair of running shoes in an embarrassingly long time (since March) but have thought it's time to have a bit of a detox and get back on the fitness wagon. I ran 8.45km and it was okay until it was time to turn back and then it was a bit of a struggle. I stopped along the way to get water and OJ and also to take some photos of the beaches - cus they were so pretty and the sun was shining.

    When I finished I went and lay on the beach for a bit and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon sun. I then went to the supermarket and got some food for dinner. I made a healthy dinner of quinoa and brown rice with parsley, pepper, onion, sweet corn and chickpeas which was really delicious. I had a pretty quiet evening because I've got to get up at around 6am tomorrow to get the bus to San José and then onto Manuel Antonio.
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  • Day95

    Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo

    December 29, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Wenn man nach Costa Rica fliegt hat man die Chance sich die Hauptstadt San José anzugucken. Allerdings reichen dazu auch 1-2 Tage. In der Zeit wo ich dort war, fand eine traditionelle Pferdeparade "Tope" statt, die sich einmal durch die Stadt gezogen hat. Einen Tag später war eine "Karnevalsveranstaltung", auch quer durch die Stadt.
    Beste Zeit abgepasst ;-)

    Nach der Stadt ging es weiter an die Karbikküste nach Puerto Viejo. Hier ging es sehr chillig zu und man war eigentlich gezwungen abzuhängen... Ein sehr schönes Plätzchen!Read more

  • Day15

    Planen, Planschen und Platanos

    April 19 in Costa Rica

    Wir wollen langsam weiterziehen. Pau, Niko und Janet sind auch dabei und so gehen wir die verschiedenen Möglichkeiten durch. Pau müsste eigentlich das Auto von seinem Freund in San Jose abgeben, glücklicherweise können wir es letztendlich noch ein paar Tage behalten und sind somit total flexibel. Also planen wir über La Fortuna auf die Pazifikseite bis nach Montezuma zu fahren.😎
    Ein letztes Mal machen wir einen Strandspaziergang und gehen im Meer baden. Die Strömung ist heute nicht ganz ungefährlich, wir haben richtig Mühe wieder aus dem Wasser rauszukommen.😱 Aber alles gut und wir genießen die Wellen am Strand.
    Abends helfen alle unter Janets Anleitung mit, ein knödelähnliches Gericht aus Platanos (verwandt mit Bananen) mit gebratenem Reis zu zaubern. Sehr lecker und sättigend. 😜
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  • Day358

    Puerto Viejo, CRI

    August 23, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Da wir in Costa Rica ziemlich viel Programm hatten, haben wir uns für die letzten Tage noch eine schöne Unterkunft nähe Strand zum Entspannen gesucht.

    Bei der Suche sind wir auf ein modernes Haus gestoßen, welches auf einem Schiffscontainer basierte. Klingt rustikal aber das Haus war sehr neu und super eingerichtet. Das besondere an dem Haus war, dass es sehr offen war, d.h. Wände gab es nicht überall. So waren z.B. die Küche und das Wohnzimmer nur überdacht. Die Tiergeräusche in der Nacht waren ein wunderbares Einschlafmittel, welches wir jetzt schon sehr vermissen. Daher ließen wir auch nachts die Türen unserer Schlafzimmer offen.

    In Puerto Viejo haben wir bewusst auf Programm und Action verzichtet, da wir uns wirklich erholen mussten. Hin und wieder sind wir an den Strand spaziert, um uns abzukühlen und sonst haben wir es uns in der Unterkunft mit Lesen und Spielen gemütlich gemacht.
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  • Day13

    Playa Cocles

    January 9 in Costa Rica

    Sun Is Up

    I don’t know what caused the change but this morning the weather promised the day to be a good and sunny one again. Since the weather changed I feel so enterprising and curious to see as many places as possible. Today we planned to visit the Bri Bri Waterfalls. By bus we were chauffeured directly in front of the entry. The guard told us to take some sticks because the way could be slippery and explained in which waterfall we could bathe and in which not because the water jet was to strong and dangerous. Actually, it is not the biggest waterfall and only like 10 minutes walk in total. It turned out that the bus driver let us off at the wrong waterfalls - the so-called Home Creek Waterfalls. Nevertheless, it was a really nice setting and worth to visit.

    After we had still so much time we decided to go back and spend some time at the Playa Cocles. I was very curious to see this beach actually, because everybody was talking about it. Especially, for surfing one can enjoy the perfect waves in Cocles. The way to get there, however, turned out to be more difficult than expected. The bus which passes like every half an hour just passed when we waved so we tried to tramp by private cars. However, here in Costa Rica it seems not to be so easy to tramp than for example in Ecuador where everyone carries everyone. (Later on somebody some guys told us that they often don’t like to carry people. Even if we were just three innocent-looking girls, most people might be afraid of others hiding in the back and robbing the car when they would stop to let us jump on.) In the end, nonetheless, three guys were willing to let us jump on their pick up. We spent a really beautiful afternoon at the beach!
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