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Flight from Boston, MA (USA) to San Jose, Costa Rica
Rivers, Jungles, Beaches and Bats

Craig was kind enough to wake up ridiculously early to drive me to the airport at 4:00am. My 6:50am Miami flight was on time, and I got to Costa Rica’s San Jose Airport at 1:30pm as expected. Went through customs, exited the airport onto the hot sidewalk and nearly went with the wrong driver. He was holding a sign with my last name and "Esteban" as the first name, which is Spanish for Stephen. But I quickly saw an Adventure Life sign with my name on it, and fixed the situation. On the way to the Hotel Le Bergerac, the taxi got a flat. I sat in the car while he fixed it (he insisted).

The hotel was simple but nice, with a bed, TV, desk, and nice bathroom with double sinks and a nice shower. The room had a door to a semi-private outdoor sitting area with a table and chairs. All the rooms backed up to this shared space, but tall bushes gave each room a private feel. After checking in and making a 6:00pm reservation at the on site French Restaurant, I read my book (Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer) outside in the courtyard until dinner.

At dinner I had the local beer Imperial, beef tenderloin with mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, and broccoli. Requested a 5:00am wakeup call with 5:30am coffee at my room. I got to bed early, around 10pm.