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Provincia de Alajuela

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  • Day144

    Finding the way to San Jose

    January 28, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Today started well but turned out not to be the finest of our trip... We went for an early morning walk and saw lots of birds, including at least 9 new species, bringing our bird species total so far to 48. The highlights included toucans, red-lored parrots (a very busy pair - look closely at the photo!), a hawk and, amazingly, a scarlet macaw - very impressive and all worth getting up early for. We then drove to Alajuela, Costa Rica's 2nd city, right next to San Jose airport. I went to at least 6 hotels looking for rooms but found that they were all either full or only had rooms that I wouldn't want my daughter and mother-in-law to have to sleep in (even though they would have been significantly under-budget)! Consequently, we drove back towards the airport for a more reliable source of accommodation. Attracted by the name, we managed to get a room in Hotel Mango, with all 4 of us sleeping in one room. It was already starting to get dark by the time we checked-in but, as the hotel unexpectedly had an outdoor pool, we jumped straight in - it was bloody freezing! On the plus side, the hotel has the added bonus of regular flight departures immediately overhead, to add to the tranquillity... To top the day off, the only places to eat nearby were a fast food chicken joint or an American diner; with reluctance we ventured into the latter and ate an overpriced, too large and unnecessarily sweet meal. Bring back the rice and beans!!! Ah well, the hotel WiFi is free and fast, so at least I can share the experience with you all. Hasta manyana (if we have WiFi at the next lodge).Read more

  • Day146

    Poas volcano

    January 30, 2017 in Costa Rica

    We left Hotel Mango and drove North through the mountains (on quite a hairy road that Laura, who is doing the driving, took surprisingly calmly!) to Volcan Poas National Park. Undeterred by the signs alerting us to possible danger around the volcano, and "keeping calm" as instructed by the same signs, we took a walk along the trail to see the Poas volcano crater. It was pretty impressive - a large crater with a milky coloured lake and we were also able to see a fumarole spewing out smoke at the edge of the volcano. Solana was a bit worried that it was going to "derupt" and didn't want to look at it much - I think maybe we went a bit overboard with the info about what volcanoes are/do! After steering Solana away from the overpriced products in the gift shop, we got back on the road. We saw an impressive waterfall and some great views of the countryside and hills along the way, then we stopped at a tiny roadside restaurant for lunch. It was basically a dining room with 3 tables outside someone’s house and, finally, provided us with a cheap meal. We drove on to the Sarapiqui rainforest area, where we are now staying for a few days at Chilamate Rainforest Ecolodge. I had chosen this place to stay whilst we were still at home, so the pressure was on me – but happily it lives up to expectations and is a lovely place to stay. We have 2 neighbouring rooms, with a massive outside area with seating & hammocks. There is a river running nearby that lulls you to sleep at night and brings more bird life. We went for a walk by the river once we’d got settled and we saw more birds, including a large flock of egrets, and a couple of baby caiman (like crocodiles). Back at the lodge we relaxed with a beer and mani picante (delicious spicy peanuts), watching and listening to the jungle as darkness fell. Happily, we had a gecko on our ceiling to help eat the less welcome mosquitos...Read more

  • Day397

    La Fortuna

    June 7 in Costa Rica

    A beautiful drive through an intense rainstorm showed us just how much water rainy season brings. The roads were good, so no problems driving to our last stop in Central America.
    We’re so grateful that we’ve been able to meet up with good friends during our travels. Here, we were able to spend time with one of our favorite people, our cousin Katie, and her good friend Katie (not confusing at all!)
    The weather was moody (and stinking hot and sticky) during our visit, but generally didn’t interrupt any of our plans. Katie and Christy enjoyed horseback riding through the beautiful area near Arenal Volcano and we all enjoyed soaking in some nice hot springs afterwards.
    The place we stayed had a lush garden out the back near a river and was teeming with poison dart frogs (and, a little unnervingly, snakes according to the hotel owner -though luckily we didn’t see any). Sadly, it seems frog populations have dramatically declined since we first visited ~15 years ago due to a fungus. It was nice to see a thriving population of a few species at least in this little corner of the country. We also were lucky to see 3 sloths (both the 3 and 2-toed types) and toucans during our visit.
    We enjoyed this trip to Costa Rica and believe it’s the prettiest country in terms of nature in Central America, mostly because they’ve done such a good job with conservation since the early 70’s. It’s also really well developed with good roads, reliable electricity and drinkable water. While not a bargain, it’s a nice country and our favorite area is on the Osa Penninsula which we visited on our first trip.
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  • Day9

    We have arrived!

    January 2 in Costa Rica

    We have arrived in Costa Rica and we are spending the night at a cute hostel not too far from the airport.

    We walked around the village a little bit and sat in the Central Park. We met two students from Venezuela who are here to raise funds for a children’s relief project. It was a great opportunity for me to practice my Spanish and learn more about the economic crisis in Venezuela.

    Tonight we will go back out for ice cream at the local favorite shop.

    Parents, We will not have Wi-Fi at our next location. So you might not hear from us for two days.
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  • Day10

    Central Market

    January 3 in Costa Rica

    Central market is the heart of the town You can see people shopping for cheese, meat, vegetables, fruits, clothing…. There is so much local color, places to have a good cheap meal, and funky smells! We are now off to our next destination and will be loading up the bus soon.

  • Day14

    Kuwati sighting

    January 7 in Costa Rica

    Turned the corner in our bus and found these guys! Interestingly, the females allow the males to stay only at certain times and then they kick the males out bc they can be very aggressive with the babies. For that reason, they are given a name in Spanish that translates into “lonely male.”

  • Day14

    Arenal and La Fortuna

    January 7 in Costa Rica

    In the cute town of La Fortuna at the base of the volcano. Students had free time for shopping and dinner in their own. Then, we hung out in river heated by thermal waters. It was free...but across the street you pay $100 a night to stay in a lodge with thermal baths. Crazy!

  • Day15

    Visit to Rural school

    January 8 in Costa Rica

    This afternoon we spent time with members of the community of La Altura. It is very rural but very welcoming. We had a great lunch, planted trees, learned about education in CR, had a cooking lesson, taught the children to make s’mores, and played soccer. Our students were so sad to leave.

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