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Costa Rica Trip: Island Time
8 Day trip to Costa Rica -- Osa Peninsula and Pacuare River, with transitions in San Jose.
Wew were able to leave 14 hrs early to get out of Boston before the big snowstorm. Was nice to not have to wake up at 3am to get to the airport.
On Our Way
We had an easy morning and got to the Charlotte Airport in plenty of time. Today is the dreaded travel day of sitting and waiting. The flight was an easy 4 hours. We were able to get a taxi at the airport easily and headed to our San Jose pitstop – LeBergerac hotel. Excellent service. Quickly settled in and out to an authentic Costa Rican …
Initiation to Island Time
So we knew up front to expect a different perspective on time. It was so wonderful to have someone pick us up (at all our transitions) and not have to coordinate or worry about it on our own. At 7:30 we were picked up by a van taxi for a quick ride through the city to a small airport. There we checked in for our short 1 hour flight to Palma Sur. I …
Monkeys and whales; Oh my!
So settling into the dark bungalow the first evening, making myself as comfortable as possible on a thin mattress with a mosquito net surround. The heat and humidity did not wane. I didn't expect to be sweatier at night than I was in the day.
Luckily, my ipod served double-duty as a bed flashlight and sound machine. The sound of the waves outside …
Lost in Translation
Horseback riding while the others in my group went snorkeling. I didn't know what to expect. Had seen several other groups on horses the day before. The manager at the lodge said I could go on a half-day (2 hours up and down the beach) or a full-day. The full-day was down the beach up into the country and included lunch with a Costa Rican family. …
A secret path
Today was a transition day between the two legs of our trip. We had to be packed, leaving our bags for the staff to take down to the bottom of the hill. This was a return of the trip in – boat ride, van ride, plane, van, back to hotel in San Jose.
But a surprise awaited us!
Someone else at the lodge had mentioned mangroves but we hadn't …
Where we're going we don't need roads!
Again delighted to not have had to plan all the little details of navigating our way to destinations. We were picked up at 7am by a bus with others in it – cool we aren't alone. On our way to the Pacuare River and lodge.
The first leg of the trip was the 2.5 hour van ride. We stopped in the mountain area for another traditional breakfast. …
This is relaxing
A free day at the Pacuare lodge is just what the doctor ordered. They had many options for additional activities, so I decided on the early morning birdwalk rather than the more expensive canopy tour. Partially because I wanted an excuse to return to this part of heaven and partially because I wanted to have some alone time without the group.
Been waiting for this day for toooo long
Today is the day we'd all pined for – whitewater rafting on the Pacuare for the full day!
Words cannot describe this experience. I have been waiting for this day for so long and planning this trip finally coming to fruition. Our guide from the day coming in had to raft others out yesterday so we got a new guide - Gustavo. Although not as …
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