Costa Rica
San Luis Valley

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day394


    June 4, 2018 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 75 °F

    A beautiful 4 hour drive on mostly good roads took us to the cloud forests of Monteverde. We were so glad to escape the heat and mosquitoes in this higher and more comfortable elevation.
    The place we're staying has an onsite hydroponic garden so we've enjoyed some beautifully fresh salads during our stay.
    On a night walk we saw our first porcupine (in a tree), armadillo and glass frog. We also saw a tarantula, sloth and many insects and birds. On a day walk in Monteverde Reserve, we felt super lucky to see the Resplendent Quetzal – maybe the most beautifully colored and feathered bird we’ve seen so far.
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  • Day30

    European Standard

    March 29, 2016 in Costa Rica

    Arriving to Costa Rica after the other Central American countries was a little cultural shock: you can easily see that the economic development is much further along. The houses are nicer, the buses have a button to ask for a stop and actually serve real bid stops. At some of them there even is a schedule! There is a clear downside though: the price level is around double of what you would pay in Nicaragua.
    My first impressions of the country were negatively influenced by some bad experiences at the border. Firstly, the migration process is even more strict and complicated than in the USA. Secondly, the bus company (or at least two girls working for it) tried to rip me off. They sold me a ticket for a bus that was supposed to take me directly to my first stop Monteverde. Already then I thought that 7000 colones (=$14) were quite a lot. Then, however, when I told the driver to drop me off there, he told me that the bus was not even going there and that in fact there were no direct busses to Monteverde at all, so I asked them to give me my money back. They told me to talk to the official because they wanted to leave, but I insisted that one of them would stay to make sure I wouldn't be left without a bus AND without my moneymoney. They didn't want to but I got so angry that in the and the driver just paid me the money back himself.
    Although that wasn't the best start, from then on every one has been super friendly and helpful.
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  • Day32

    Hiking & Climbing Day

    March 31, 2016 in Costa Rica

    This day-time walk through reserva Curi-Cancha was mostly about birds. I can't remember all of the names, but there were some pretty cool ones among them. We also got short views on some mammals, but they moved too fast to get any pictures.
    After the tour I walked back to town, making a “Umweg“ to climb some ficus trees near the Santa Elena reserve. Those trees don't grow as normal ones do, but settle at the top of another tree and then grow all the way down until they reach the ground. This way surrounding the original tree, this dies off after some time, leaving the ficus with a kind of tunnel inside. But not only the trees in this publicly accessible forest were nice: I saw loads of tucans, some of them green, others colorful as the “Haribo original“, as well as some woodpeckers (Spechte).Read more

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