Costa Rica

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  • Day150

    Remote Costa Rica

    February 4 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Carlos and his mother sent us off with a big breakfast of Gallo Pinto (rice & beans), eggs, cheese, ham, tortilla and Costa Rican coffee. Thus, we were ready for a day on the bikes. The first 40km were relatively easy rolling on a paved road. It was cloudy, so not too hot, and not much traffic, so we could enjoy the ride.
    Then the tough part started. We turned right onto a pretty remote road leading to Laguna de Arenal. In order to get there, we had to gain 700m in elevation over 14km. The first half of the road was paved, the second half pretty rocky gravel. After the heat in El Salvador, we thought we couldn't sweat no more, today prooved us wrong. We may as well have had a bath in a lake with our clothes on...
    The lagune area is quite touristy, so once we got there, we noticed some tourist buses and cars with foreigners. The road here was paved again, so the last rolling 30km to Tilarán were a little easier again.
    In Tilarán, we stayed with Cristian and his partner Jose who rent out a spare room as an AirBnB. Cristian welcomed us with homemade lemonade and coffee and cheese and crackers. We could use their kitchen to cook dinner and Jose even took us on a short tour to the Tilarán lookout and the centre of the village. We really enjoyed staying with them and were lucky that we found this place!
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  • Jan5

    Crossing Lake Arenal

    January 5 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Taking a short cut this morning to get to Arenal. The water is super choppy, which is not uncommon here. We are pointed towards the volcano but the view is foggy. We will see it better from town tomorrow, I hope.Read more

  • Jan5

    Wind energy

    January 5 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Costa Rica uses renewable energy in the firms of wind, solar, hydro, etc. they are just about at 100% renewable electricity. Use of gas/petroleum is still an issue when we look at all energy needs. Still, it is quite an accomplishment.Read more

  • Day314

    Die ersten 14 Tage Quarantäne

    April 4 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Die ersten 14 Tage in unserer freiwilligen Quarantäne habe wir gut überstanden. Wir sind alle gesund, mir gefällt es hier und uns geht es prächtig.
    Inzwischen sind wir auch gut organisiert, Versorgung klappt, wir haben alles was wir brauchen. Es wird uns auch nicht langweilig, Auf dem Gelände gibt es viel zu tun. So haben wir mitgeholfen einen Vorplatz fertig zu pflästern. Auch sind wir daran einen grossen Gemüsegarten an zu legen. Wenn mir jemand vor der Reise gesagt hätte, du wirst in Costa Rica zum Gärtner hätte ich ihm geantwortet, du bist verrückt.
    Doch man weiss es eben nie......
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  • Day400

    Regenzeit in Costa Rica

    June 29 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Inzwischen ist die Regenzeit in Costa Rica angekommen. Das heisst nicht, dass es immer regnet, doch schon täglich ab und zu und manchmal recht heftig. Dann aber wieder Sonnenschein und Badewetter.

  • Day300

    Hotel los Heroes

    March 21 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Wir stehen bei einem schweizer Hotel am Arenal See. Sehr schöne Anlage mit Hotel, Ferienwohnungen, Landwirtschaft, Kapelle, einer eigenen kleinen Bergbahn hinauf auf den Hügel zu dortigen Drehrestaurant. Ein kleines schweizer Idyll in Costa Rica.

    Ja und nun stehen wir hier. Der Coronavirus hat uns eingeholt. Ich (wir in der Gruppe) sind alle gesund, doch das Reisen ist eingeschränkt worden und die Grenzen sind dicht. Wir sind in Costa Rica gestrandet. Nach diversen Planänderungen haben wir hier "Asyl" bekommen. Wir werden also die nächste Zeit hier verbringen, wie lange (2-3 Monate) wissen wir nicht. Mal sehen was die Regierung hier beschliesst.
    Euch Allen wünsche ich alles Gute, passt auf Euch auf und bliibet Gsund !!
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  • Day8

    Monteverde Cloud Forest

    May 25, 2019 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    After travelling by bus, boat 🚣‍♀️, and another bus, we arrived in the afternoon and headed to do a skywalk. Due to the rain 🌧 season, it was difficult to observe any mammals. The small town of Monteverde is so nice. We spent some time walking around the downtown, and had a fantastic supper at a restaurant called The Green. It was probably the absolute best meal I’ve had so far in Costa Rica 🇨🇷.Read more

  • Day370

    Gartenbau Projekt

    May 30 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Am 25.03.2020 starteten wir unser Projekt: Gartenbau. Wir pflügten eine grosse Wiese um und legten mit vereinten Kräften eine Gemüse Garten an. Inzwischen wachsen Gurken, Tomaten, Bohnen, Koriander, Melonen, Karotten, Randen und vieles mehr. Jetzt, Ende Mai können wir bereits frische Gurken und Radieschen ernten, schmecken vorzüglich. Die Ananas brauchen noch etwas Zeit, sie sind in ca. 1.5 Jahren reif...….Read more

  • Day473

    Pura Vida

    September 1, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Pura Vida is Costa Rica's catchphrase. Literally it means pure life, but it's basically Life is Good and it's well suited. People seem to enjoy life here, and who can blame them. If Nicaragua is the scruffy younger brother then Costa Rica is the good looking sibling in the fancy suit. The standard of living is much higher here, and people have time & money to enjoy life a lot more. It's a nice change, if a little americanised but we weren't complaining when we got a proper fresh baguette from Walmart and not a long, round loaf.

    We headed up into the hills to Lake Arenal, and it's utterly gorgeous scenery. It reminded us of driving around the Big Island on Hawaii, with winding little roads, brooks crashing through gullies, and everything dripping in tropical flora. The other thing we REALLY like about CR is its a lot safer than most of the other Central American countries, and we had no concerns wild camping at the edge of the lake for a couple of nights.

    The following day we tried to hike Cerro Chato, a big volcano next to the larger and active Volcano Arenal, but we couldn't go with the dog and rangers would stop you if they caught you. The big downside to CR is they want $10 per person just to walk on some trails, and the National Park wanted $15. On our 4th attempt we found some private land we could take Maya on and spent a couple of hours hiking through the luscious rainforest up to the lava field at the base of the volcano.

    Although it wasn't at all strenuous compared to the past few months we felt we definitely deserved a dunk in some hot pools. We parked up outside the 70 buck-a-head 5 star spa resort, then crossed the road and dunked directly in the 38C river that flowed through a series of rustic pools. Once I grabbed a couple of cold beers from the fridge this was Pura Vida indeed!!
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Tilarán, Tilaran

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