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Costa Rica, Mountains and Beaches
Puerto Viejo Beach
My husband and I went on a Costa Rica tour with Adventure Life this fall. We experienced first class Eco-tourism at its best - great accommodations, helpful staff, yummy local food and plenty of activities!
Today finds us leaving Seattle for an adventure in Costa Rica. We arrive at the San Jose airport in the evening. Standing in baggage claim, we spot our names on a sign held by a young lady from Costa Rica Reps, the agency that Adventure Life uses in Costa Rica. What a blessing not to worry about getting our own transportation to Le Bergerac where …
Today we have the day to ourselves to regroup. This hotel is within walking distance of the city center so we head down to the open-air market which is a maze in which one can easily get lost. If you can't find it here, you don't need it. We also visit the Musea de Oro (gold) and learn about the history of this little country. Back to the hotel, …
After breakfast we are picked up by a private tourist bus and head to Selva Bananito. The ride takes us over lush mountains with steaming volcanoes to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The scenery made us wish we were stopping to check out the many little villages we passed through. On the van, I sat by a young lady who worked with the tourist …
I have not told you about our accommodations here. (Pictures included) Our cabin is on stilts with one whole side that opens up to a large deck with two hammocks overlooking the forest and mountains. Two beds with mosquito nets not many bugs though. Spacious bathroom and we did have solar-powered hot water for showers. Great rooms! The night …
Now it is off to the beach. After lunch a taxi picks us up and takes us to Shawandha Lodge outside of Puerto Viejo. The taxi driver was a character. We can certainly see why this is a good pick for a beach experience. Puerto Viejo reminds us of Roatan in the Bay Islands with its Caribbean culture. Schawandha is billed as a lodge in harmony with …
Today we ventured into town (most people would rent a bike or moped but we took a taxi). As this is how we operate, we were too early for the local market to be open (we are early birds) so after taking in the beach and any shops that were open, we stumbled upon "The Best Dam Coffee Co." where we started with an iced latte (I'm smiling) …
Well, lesson learned today - take cash!! Since we are just a couple miles from the Jaguar rescue center, we decided to walk even though it was hot. We left the hotel about 8:45am for the 9:30 entry time and our cash was just short for the entrance fee so back to the hotel we went. The next tour time was 11:30am so we spent an hour cooling down and …
Back to San Jose
Our little kitty will miss our handouts as we are headed back to San Jose. It is 8:00am and it is 82 degrees with 109% humidity. Even the locals say this is unusual. Yesterday the city actually cut off the water supply completely (before, it was 2 hours of water daily) Our hotel had a back up supply but the little businesses did not have much. Our …
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