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Provincia de San José

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  • Day149

    Fertig Pura Vida

    June 14 in Costa Rica

    Wir wollten ja eigentlich gar nicht nach San Jose. Würde sich nicht lohnen, hat man uns auf Anfrage jeweils gesagt. Nun waren wir trotzdem zwei Nächte hier. Ist einfach einfacher um zum Flughafen zu kommen und Sue wollte noch ein wenig shoppen. Bilanz: Eine Mini-SD-Karte, ein Kopfhörer-Splitter (totaler Pärchen-Scheiss), eine Regenjacke für Sie und je ein paar kurze Hosen. Und sonst? Weg hier ...

  • Day11

    We hiked and climbed mountain “Las Tres Cruces.” All the way to “Pico Blanco.”

    In my opinion... “challenging but highly rewarding!!!

    According to Alex... “Uplifting experience”
    According to Sebastian... “Fulfilling”
    According to Sophia... “the views were all worth it”

  • Day292

    No Way San José

    May 17 in Costa Rica

    San José was never on our itinerary but plans changed when we got to the north of Costa Rica and discovered that the political situation in Nicaragua had worsened. While there were no immediate threats to the personal security for tourists, the number of road blocks had grown across the country and the word was that it was becoming more difficult to travel through the country. Rather than risk getting stuck in Nicaragua, we decided to turn around and head to San José. The only possible way north was to fly to another country, either to El Salvador or Guatemala.

    To get to San José from Playas del Coco, we needed to take a one-and-a-half-hour bus trip to Liberia, followed by another five-hour bus trip. We had been warned about San José and told to spend as little time as possible in the city. We were on guard but didn't feel that our personal safety was threatened. We did stumble upon one area that appeared a little dodgy but quickly retreated. The police presence in the area was a little reassuring. What wasn't reassuring was that the Subway manager was wearing a gun on his hip as people casually ate their sandwiches and salads. We quickly scoffed down something to eat and then returned to the safety of our hotel. Now that our plans had changed, there was a bit of re-organising that needed to occur.

    The following day, we had a few hours to kill before our flight and, considering that we had only been able to find one sloth in the wild, we decided we would check-out the zoo in San José. Normally, we don't go to zoos but this one was a bit different in that all of the animals had been rescued, including one sloth. The anticipation built as we entered the zoo, walking past a variety of monkeys, coatis and a grey fox before we came upon the solitary sloth. There in an enclosure curled up in a ball was a two-toed sloth. The ball of fur could've easily been an old, disused rug from someone's lounge room. Disappointment set-in but maybe the jaguar would change the mood. Further disappointment came as the nocturnal animal (unsurprisingly) hid away in its enclosure. It was obviously never meant to be. And there will be no other opportunities to see a sloth on the next part of our adventure.

    Next stop: Guatemala City

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  • Day1

    San José

    March 26, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Das warten hat ein Ende- heute geht unsere Abenteuerreise nach Costa Rica endlich los!! 🌿🐒☀
    Mit nur knappen 4 Stunden Schlaf (man bedenke die Zeitumstellung raubte uns auch noch 1h) ging es für uns Vier um halb 2 Uhr morgens los Richtung Flughafen Schwechat. Dort darf Lukis Auto am Mazur Parkplatz verweilen. Unsere erste Flugstrecke ging nach Madrid ✈. In diesen knappen 3 Stunden in hohen Lüften hatten wir neben Schlafen nur einen Lichtblick- ein gutes Frühstück und ein eis kaltes Cola. Doch angekommen in Madrid fragen wir uns, ob wir den Getränkeservice verschlafen haben? -Nein. Fluglinie Iberia lässt einem verdursten. Da gönnten sich die Männer in der Wartezeit am Anschlussflieger gleich das erste spanische Biertschi 🍺. Währendessen machten sich Katrin und ich Gedanken um die bevorstehende Flugdauer - uns wurde erst jetzt richtig bewusst, dass wir gleich länger als einen ganzen Arbeitstag, und auch länger als unsere Nächte, nämlich 11 Stunden im Flieger sitzen werden. Stretching und Yoga sollen uns auf diesen Flug gut vorbereiten.
    Am Monitor im Flugzeug verfolgten wir dann wie die 11 Stunden und 8500 km Stück für Stück weniger wurden. Ein Lob diesmal an diese Maschine: Iberia gönnte uns Essen und Trinken, Film, Musik und Spiele, geile Kopfstützen, Pölster und Decken. Und dann verzehrten wir über der Dominikanischen Republik (und die ist wirklich so türkis wie in den Reisekatalogen!!) mitten in der Karibik Margit's köstlichen Germstriezel (vom stolzen Rezept ohne Eier :D, danke)
    Ein wirklich ruhiger Flug geht dann doch relativ “rasch“ vorbei und wir freuen uns, dass uns die Sonne in San José begrüßt.
    Nachdem wir 8 Stunden durch die Zeitverschiebung hinter uns lassen kommen wir mitten am Tag in Costa Rica an und wir merken gar nicht dass wir schon über 24 h unterwegs sind. Wir werden am Flughafen gleich problemlos von Rent a car “adobe“ empfangen und ins Büro gebracht, wo wir alles zur Autoübergabe checken. Obwohl wir Mädels immer den Traum von einem offenen Jeep mit Ladefläche, sind wir aber vom Hyundai Tuscon auch ganz begeistert. Zwischen Country Festivals fahren wir bei Sonnenuntergang zu unserem Quartier Old House und bekamen einen ersten Eindruck der Stadt Alajuela.
    Ein gemütlicher Ausklang auf der Hausterrasse mit Bier, Wasser und Christines Keksen. Ein langer und anstrengender Tag geht zu ende. Um 19 Uhr fallen wir geschaffen ins Bett, gute nacht 🤗
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  • Jun25

    Kreativer Nachmittag in Costa Rica

    June 25, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Ich habe mich ein wenig ausgetobt in der Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory in Sarchí und habe mein eigenes kleines Kunstwerk im Stile der bunt bemalte Ochsenkarren (die typisch für Costa Rica sind) erschaffen! So schön bunt!

  • Day4

    Notre arrivée au Costa Rica

    March 28, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Ce matin, c'est le jour du départ. Nous allons quitter notre famille sans frontière speciste, dans laquelle nous nous sommes sentis tant accueillis et en phase, pour passer la frontière terrestre du Costa Rica. Eric nous emmène en voiture jusqu'à la "grande" ville la plus proche, David, pour que nous prenions le bus pour San José, la capitale. Nous nous arrêterons avant le terminus pour profiter quelques jours de la plage paradisiaque de Dominical, située sur la côte Pacifique.
    Notre chauffeur de bus n'est pas très commode, il sent la corruption. On se rend compte, avec d'autres touristes, qu'il se met quelques jolis billets dans la poche. En effet, il est venu nous voir pour nous réclamer nos billets de bus. Nous les lui avons donnés mais de manière surprenante, nous ne les avons jamais récupérés, ni même un duplicata...monsieur le conducteur, vous êtes bien malin, vous supprimez quelques billets puis allez boire quelques bières bien fraîches avec nos économies! Il faut dire que dans ce pays, il fait trop chaud! On a soif!
    Arrivés à Dominical, nous découvrons un endroit paisible, très calme, peuplé de gringos certes, mais absolument pas dépourvu de charme. La plage est surprenante. Immense, elle est entourée de palmiers et de verdure. Les vagues sont bien présentes et les surfeurs sont au rendez-vous. Nous décidons de camper sur le bord de la plage, là où d'autres tentes se sont installées avant nous. Seul "petit" ic: il n'y a ni toilettes, ni douche. Nous passerons les prochains jours à nous laver dans les toilettes des bars. Ne pas se laver durant 3 jours n'est pas un réel problème en soit, mais avec plus de 35 degrés et une eau de mer bien salée, ça devient indispensable chaque jour.
    Ici, tout est clairement plus cher, et d'autant plus dans un endroit touristique comme Dominical. La supérette la plus proche de la plage est plus chère que le Monoprix de Terne. Le premier soir, nous décidons de faire avec les emplettes que nous avions rapportées et nous contemplons le coucher du soleil.
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  • Day85

    So I flew in yesterday to Costa Rica and got a cheap place to stay in San Jose for the night. A nice little place next to the park. The park is very 70/80’s and use to be the old airport. I dropped my bags about 10:30 and went off to have a look around. Considering I didn’t want to fly or go to a capital city, this was my only exception so far.
    San Jose appears to be quite modern and really multi cultural with a lot of different people walking around. The city centre is pretty standard, busy, lots of places selling meat and some veg places on the street. I think I’ve hit the Avocado stash, saw a guy selling big avos, 5 for 1000 colones. About £1.30! I also saw some avos as big as a guinea pig, I don’t know what type they are, but they are huge!
    I headed back tot the hostel and dropped off all the stuff I’d bought to make guacamole. It came to about £2, which is awesome as CR is supposed to be expensive!
    I then headed to have a little look around the park. Not much to report, kind of a poor mans run down Albert Park. The swimming pool was closed. Yawn.
    Now, I’m sat on a bus waiting to leave San Jose to La Fortuna in the north. I don’t know what to expect apart from more volcanos and some hot springs, maybe a sloth or two!
    Just arrived and it seems biblical rain is standard every afternoon
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  • Day36

    Avoid this city

    February 7, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Just in case you thought I was exaggerating!

    The train tracks run right through the city and the horn is constantly on.
    Imagine walking out your front door straight onto the tracks!

    And I love the park which had the stone seats facing the road! I liked the view of the telephones - presumably there so you can call for help.

  • Day41

    Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

    March 10 in Costa Rica

    We travelled from Bejuco to Quepos on the bus, and went to Alamo to see if we could rent our car a day early.  Not only could we get it early (with no hastle - Love Alamo!) but they upgraded us to a 4x4 that actually will fit Keith when he arrives and our packs.  And off we went.  Marty and Caleb immediately felt better being able to choose our route.  We headed up into the hills, on the smallest road we could find.  Made a few mistakes, then Marty drank a beer outside a small grocery with some older cowboys and asked if we could drive through to San Marcos on the little road.  Of course!  Take a right, another right, through the river, another right and derecho (straight ahead).  It was like driving up 9mile.  Except people were farming and living everywhere.  When the road couldn't get any steeper, it did.  They just put a bit of concrete down for extra traction.  Driving through this area which is heavily farmed, or growing coffee or cacoa on 80 degree slopes, I appreciate the National Parks of Costa Rica even more.   We made it to San Marcos just as the sun was going down, with no indication of where we were going to stay.  We drove around for about an hour, following people's tips, and finally settled in at $40 per night in a local place.  We all slept, except Marty, but that is not so unusual anyways. 

    We headed off good and early with some pan dulce that had dulce de leche in it instead of brown sugar (sweet bread).   Off onto another track, that might be a road.  Stopped to let some cows go by, and jumped out to ask if they were for carne or leche.  The herder took us to meet the owner, and she showed us how they made the cheese in their little two room factory.   I can ask my questions in Spanish well enough, that I get a jumble of unintelligible Spanish in return.  I know they make cheese!!  It reminded me of talking to cheese makers in the alps.  We made it to the highway, and travelled over the La Muerte pass, which is at 3500m, on a little two lane paved road which is the main connector between San Jose and the south.  It took us almost 2 hours to decend 60 km with all the other traffic down to 1100m.  San Isidro is a city that has been around for 100 years, and it fed us, and then we headed up to San Gerardo de Rivas, again without a place to stay, but at least earlier.  All the online bookings were full, but we figured there might be something.

    And sure enough, we drove to the end of the road to Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, and they had a cabin open for two nights.  Tada!  Its beautiful, quiet, and cool (we used blankets for the first time in 3 weeks) and in the cloud forest , and borders onto Chiripo National Park.  That may be an adventure for another time, as the peak is the highest in Costa Rica and the trail is 42 km.  Jorja did impress us with her hiking today as we were out for 6 hours in the secondary and primary cloud forest. We decended through the boulder strewn creek for our decent.  There are waterfalls and massive granite boulders throughout the creeks.  Apparently Costa Rica is only 5 million years old, and was actually glaciated 10,000 years ago.  Who would have guessed!!!  A couple bought this property in 2002, when it was ranching land, and over the years have aquired 700 acres that has been reforested.  It is now used as a research and education center.  A great treat to stay here.  We hope Hazelton folks that you are excited to be on your March break!!!  Talk to you soon. 
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  • Day36

    The weirdest shopping mall

    February 7, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Was excited at the prospect of a mall to fill in time given I have another night here.

    If you need 90s fashion, plastic figurines, stuffed animals, bongs, a tattoo palour or sex shops then this is the mall for you! And all set in an ugly building with low ceilings and poor lighting.

    I did get a manicure which was nice but decided against a pedicure when I saw the spa bath.

    Walked around one of the more residential areas in the afternoon but this city is just ugly, dirty and dreary.Read more

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