Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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Before we left San Francisco, Neil had found a contact here who used to work in the computer industry and now rebuilds desktop computers for Costa Rican families. He asked if it would be okay if he had a couple hard drives shipped to our SF apartment and then we hand carried them here with us. (due to the shipping costs directly here) We were happy to help so we met up today to deliver them.
He graciously invited us to his home for breakfast, a tour and to see ...
... decided to break down - took ages to get going! Around 8pm we briefly stopped so got yummy sweet and sour chicken with rice. Caught up on diary. We thought bus terminated at Almirante so just sat on bus til end to be told we'd passed Almirante and were in changuinola instead but driver said was safer they dropped us near hotels and we finally checked into hotel Hawaii at 10pm!! So 14 hours on the go! Room not great, bugs and got triple room so ...
... It was so much fun. We even had people watching it. We were right next to what was turned into a roller skating rink, and they had awesome music while we were playing soccer. It was just pretty much awesome to play on a wet field in the rain. We came back and many people went swimming in our pool. I took what is hopefully my last trip here, to the grocery store. We had a snack and then did devotions and small group. Now it's bed time as everyone is ...
... I had a 45min nap around 8,000 ft to get me to the top. The hike went trough a bunch of different climates and vegetation, it was crazy to see bamboo growing thick above 10,000 ft. The base camp was pretty nice, running water, sleeping pads on bunks, lights, a kitchen and even wi-fi (really slow, but there regardless). Once at the camp, just rehydrated and to bed. (Note I've uploaded photos onto the previous few days ...
... rain held off until we got there so we didn't have to contend with that as well as the steep rocky pathways, and the vicious winds up near the base camp!
The base camp at Chirripo is a bizarre little place, a hostel if you like, in the glacial valleys of the Talamanca cordillera (i do believe that is the corret spelling). the views are undescribably beautiful.
From here, we set out the next morning before sunrise, with only our headtorches ...