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  • Day49

    Mit dem Boot nach Drake Bay

    May 23 in Costa Rica

    Wir sind das Warten auf die Karte leid und fahren für ein paar Tage weiter südlich nach Drake Bay. Von Uvita aus geht es mit dem Bus bis Palma Norte, mit dem Taxi nach Sierpe und von dort aus mit dem Boot den Fluss entlang bis Drake Bay. Etwas abenteuerlich ist der Übergang vom Fluss ins offene Meer, da die Wellen doch sehr hoch sind. Nach ein paar Anläufen schafft der Kapitän die kritische Stelle zu überwinden und wir fahren direkt auf eine dicke schwarze Wolke über Drake Bay zu. 😱Read more

  • Day51

    Wanderung an der Küste Teil 2

    May 25 in Costa Rica

    Etwas müde geht es weiter und wir wandern durch Dschungelabschnitte und an langen Stränden entlang. Es ist wunderschön, aber auch sehr anstrengend und es dauert länger als gedacht. Das letztes Stück geht oft ganz schön steil bergauf und bergab. 😝

  • Day52

    Jungla del Jaguar

    May 26 in Costa Rica

    Am Ziel angekommen werden wir mit einem traumhaften Fleckchen Erde belohnt. Das Hostel Jungla del Jaguar liegt wirklich zauberhaft an einer kleinen Bucht und wir genießen erstmal das wohlverdiente Mittagessen. Den Rest des Tages erholen wir uns von dem doch sehr anstrengenden Marsch, in der Dämmerung läuft noch ein Tapir am Haus vorbei. Leider regnet es den nächsten Tag durchgehend, so dass wir nur im Hostel bleiben können und nichts von der schönen Umgebung nahe des Corcovado Nationalparks sehen können. Am Tag darauf steht schon wieder die Rückreise nach Uvita an, wir warten ja immer noch auf die Sendung der Kreditkarte. Claudia aus Deutschland hat zufälliger Weise auch im Cascada Verde reserviert und Em aus Frankreich nehmen wir auch gleich noch mit. 😁Read more

  • Day65

    Bahía Drake, Costa Rica

    March 21, 2017 in Costa Rica

    It's one of the most isolated places in Costa Rica but Bahía Drake (pronounced drah-kay) was well worth the effort to get to, especially as a jumping off point to visit Corcovado National Park.

    It took us about 4 hours to drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay on a somewhat roundabout route. On the map it looks like the road is right on the coast but in reality we only caught glimpses of it every now and then between palm tree plantations and forests. Eventually the road goes inland to Piedras Blancas, where we turned off (well actually we missed the turn originally didn't we, Shorty!?) back to the west towards Peninsula de Osa. This route took us past Golfo Dulce, but again we only periodically had glimpses of this stunning gulf between the trees. After driving a decent while without seeing much of anyone or anything except for forests, the town of Rincón was an unexpectedly large settlement for Costa Rica but it also saw the end of the paved roads. A quick pitstop for a cup of joe and a fruit shake and we buckled in for the last 20km or so stretch on unpaved roads.

    These unpaved roads didn't have any signs and we frequently reached a fork in the road that we'd just have to take a gamble with because even with our google maps on, we weren't really matching up with being where we should be. Terry had to take on three river crossings, for which we were thanking our past selves for doing the research on needing to hire a 4WD. Supposedly in wet season the road becomes impassable and I can definitely believe that. The rivers were still quite deep in parts so it took a bit of guess work on where best to drive. We were just hoping there was no more rain while we were in the area! Perhaps these roads all join up eventually or we have some good intuition but we somehow made it to Drake Bay just before nightfall and managed to get a quick glimpse of the beautiful deserted beach. What is this place!

    After driving for so long without seeing signs of much civilisation, it was slightly bizarre to suddenly find the village at Drake Bay. Like other places we've been to in Costa Rica, it was quite small and mainly just one street with a dairy, fruit and vege store, a handful of restaurants, tour companies and the like.

    We pulled up to Paradise Lodge, our home for the next couple of nights to find the lovely owner Lucy and our wooden hut (or cabina as they're called here) amongst a lovely garden come forest. For less than the price of a hostel dorm, it was a no brainer to stay in a nicer place and have a private room for the four of us, especially after a couple of nights in the prison cell dorm at Manuel Antonio. Lucy quickly got us organised onto a tour for Corcovado National Park the following morning and then explained about the animals we might see even just in the garden here. In the end we didn't spend much time there in the daylight so only really saw a handful of birds and a rogue toad! Supposedly they saw a tayra (weasel like thing) while we were on our tour though. It still amazes me how many animals there are in this country and the fact that you can see them amongst areas of civilisation so often.

    We had hoped to make use of the simple outdoor kitchen and do some of our own cooking but the prices at the supermarket (really just a dairy) weren't great nor was the produce so we figured we'd just stick with going out. We had to succumb to the hamburgesas again. Help. Thankfully the comida rapida (fast food) place we went to also knew how to make a mean fruit smoothie. It's all about balance right...?

    Next post: Corcovado
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  • Day67

    Sierpe, Costa Rica

    March 23, 2017 in Costa Rica

    And so the 10 hour journey across the country begins. Unfortunately this is as direct as the route can get because there's a huge national park in the middle of the country that prevents us going straight across. Cue the tiki tour that takes us in basically a semi-circle almost back to San José before going over to the Caribbean Coast. It would actually be faster for us to go through Panama but two border crossings would add to that time and also there's the minor detail that we aren't allowed to take Terry out of Costa Rica. 10 hour journey it is then.

    Torrential rain on our last evening in Drake Bay had us all a bit nervous about tackling the river crossings again on the road back out. Our host Lucy recommended us an alternative route that would supposedly shave an hour and half from our total time by taking a new road that doesn't even exist on Google maps. With no signs on the roads, we were instead armed with some fairly vague instructions, "cross the first river and take the second left past the airport, there's a school on the corner."

    Bring on the unpaved roads again and here goes.

    We crossed the first river and then looked out for any signs of an airport. We knew realistically it was probably just going to be an airstrip of some kind for small planes but saw no such thing. We reached the second road on the left and saw no school either. We looped back and saw a school a bit further down that second road on the left so took the plunge and hoped this was the one we were after. We couldn't really afford to take the wrong roads either as there were no petrol stations for miles and Terry was already on less than half a tank.

    The road took us in all sorts of directions around the hills but also gave us amazing views of the mangroves along this part of the coast and through forests again. We have been very lucky to see some amazing scenery here in Costa Rica. Everything is always so lush and green and clean. It's so nice to be somewhere clean again after a few months in some seriously grimy countries where they really just give no thought about throwing their rubbish wherever they please.

    15km took us almost an hour on the unpaved roads. It was somewhat soul destroying to see written on one of the first signs we'd seen in a while but eventually we joined up to a better road that got us covering ground more quickly. This route required us to take what Lucy described as a ferry, across one of the inlets by the small town of Sierpe. Mike and I had already pictured that this was going to be more of a barge like the one we had used in Guatemala, but we hadn't expected that it was going to be powered by a small boat attached to the side of it. Classic.

    Two workers guided us to drive onto the back of this barge with one other car for the short journey across. It was only 20 metres or so of water that required crossing so it was over within a couple of minutes but at least it provided some entertainment and a change of scenery for a short while before we continued on. Whether this route really saved us any time is yet to be seen but nonetheless it was nice to see a different area.

    A road block from a children's sports day in Sierpe had us taking a tiki-tour of the town's few streets before we finally arrived back to proper roads and the highway for the next leg of the journey. Happy to see the back of unpaved roads that's for sure.
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  • Day104

    Sierpe, Puntarenas

    July 22, 2015 in Costa Rica

    Nach endlosen Tagen des Chillens und Relaxens haben wir endlich wieder die Ärsche hochbekommen (gar nicht so einfach wenn man sich an das Nichtstun gewöhnt hat) und sind zu einer mehrtägigen Tour aufgebrochen. Ziel sollte der nahe gelegene Nationalpark Corcovado und die Drake Bucht sein. Mit dem Auto ging es erstmal nach Sierpe, von dort haben wir uns ein Wassertaxi geschnappt und sind in die Drake Bucht gefahren. Alleine die Anfahrt durch das Flussdelta bis ins offene Meer mit der Nusschale war ein kleines Abenteuer. Zu sehen gab es auch schon ein Krokodil und natürlich die allgegenwärtigen Affen. Mal sehen was uns am Ziel noch so erwartet...Read more

  • Day9

    Interamericana, Sierpe en Miramar

    November 18, 2017 in Costa Rica

    Onze dag goed gestart met een prachtige zonsopgang en een stevig ontbijt in Cartago.
    Tussen de zonnestralen door, kroop de mist omhoog de berg op, waardoor er ineens niets meer te zien was.

    Stevige rit voor de boeg (gekozen voor de scenic route), op tijd vertrokken naar San Gerardo de Dota, een vallei waar veel quetzals leven. Als je deze vogel nog niet kent: opzoeken!

    Goeie wegen hier trouwens, geen idee waar alle toeristensites vandaan halen dat hier niet te rijden valt. Natuurlijk moet je rekening houden met de 'wegisweg' momenten, waarbij een stevige regenbui een baanvak kan wegvegen. Om de 100m was er wel een open plek in de begroeiing te zien, waar een aarverschuiving heeft plaatsgevonden.
    De rit op de Interamericana was echter relax, af en toe een serieuze wolkenbank. Indien hier voorbij scheen het zonnetje.
    Onze afslag genomen, een challenging bergweggetje van 1.2 baanvak breed en op sommige momenten 0.4 baanvak breed door een wegverzakking.

    Jammer genoeg geen quetzals gezien tijdens onze wandeling in het park! Wel heel veel andere vogels en kolibris.

    De volgende etappe op de Interamericana naar Sierpe was adembenenemd en zonovergoten. Deze route leidt je langs de meanderende Rio General Superior, onwaarschijnlijk mooi.

    Aangekomen in Sierpe stopt de weg echter, en dien je een ferry te nemen als je naar Miramar wilt doorrijden.

    Geen enkel probleem, letterlijk een overzet van 5 minuten tijd. De weg erna is echter speciaal. Af en toz serieus op de remmen mogen gaan om ervoor te zorgen dat onze velgen er niet afvlogen (of erger). Bijkomend had onze airbnb boeking geen naam meegegeven of route aanwijzingen. Serieus stukje verkeerd gereden tot we mensen tegenkwamen die ons terug stuurden.

    We passeerden een bnb 'Finca Puesta Del Sol. We probeerden samen met de eigenaars contact te zoeken met onze bnb beheerder.
    Hierna volgden 10 minuten totale verwarring, vooral door de taalbarrière. Wij bleven maar vragen naar 'Simone' de persoon die we hadden gesproken via de chat van airbnb. De eigenaars van Finca probeerden haar te bellen maar kregen geen gehoor. Wij probeerden te achterhalen waar wij Simone konden vinden en lieten de foto's van de bnb zien. 'Es aqui (dit is hier!)'
    Huh? Jaja die mensen willen ons gewoon hier houden..

    Neenee, ze namen ons mee en het onmiskenbare zwembad met fietsje zoals op de foto's was inderdaad bij deze mensen. Wij dachten direct dat we opgelicht waren, blijkbaar is Simone een vriendin die Engels kan en helpt met het airbnb gebeuren.

    De stress viel van ons af, hebben avondmaal gekregen, bier en tequila gedronken, met kikkers verbroederd, gedanst (een meringue), met de eigenaars verbroederd en pool gespeeld. De taalbarrière was no more! PURA VIDA ten top.
    Heb ik al gezegd dat deze mensen een varkentje als huisdier hebben? Sammy.

    Wauwie, deze bnb heeft z'n naam niet gestolen, wat een zonsondergang. Wat een lieve mensen. Wat een ervaring!
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  • Day10

    6.00 Uhr mit dem Boot nach San Josecita

    September 6, 2016 in Costa Rica

    5.00 Uhr Frühstück und um 6.00 Uhr mit dem Boot nach San Josecita und durch den Dschungel gelaufen. Um 11.30 Uhr im Stammlokal, ausgehungert und wunde, blutende Füße. Jetzt 13.15 Uhr Wunden lecken und ein Bierchen trinken. Abends super lecker Fisch bei gringos court gegessen, gehen wir morgen Abend gleich wieder hin. Abends Boa im Badezimmer, schlimmer gingst nimmer

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