Travel Blogs from San Jose
... roughly 800 m straight up a paved and landscaped walkway. We realized there was also a more rugged hiking trail, but by that time we were close to the crater so we decided to take the trail on the descent. At the top we peered over the ledge…into a dark grey abyss. Clouds completely enveloped the volcano pinnacle, so we could see nothing of the crater. We laughed along with some other visitors at the disappointing tableau, and then snapped a photo of ...
... started at the wrong park so we ended up doing two hikes instead of one. Finally on the right path we got going on a two and a half hour muddy, uphill hike to the top of an extinct volcano. The reward was to be a green lagoon at the top. Much effort and these two and a half hours later we found a swampy green lagoon with lots of biting insects. Needless to say we didn't stay long.
Friday afternoon I met Rob back in San Jose to head south to the Caribbean coast town ...
... in which I received bids from eight people, offering a wide variety of trades (I plumped for five chocolate biscuits). The air in Carara with filled with a constant buzzing, tweeting and hooting, with the din of afternoon rain on our tin roof adding to the atmosphere. Unfortunately at times the din of a main road nearby was also very loud, the very road that took us there, tainted the sounds of nature. We encountered a lot of tourists in Carara too, where there is a lot of ...
... design (opposite problem here to Kenya as here there is too much rain and excess water is really bad for the banana plants). When the banana plants (bananas do not grow on trees, they grow on tall plants and are essentially a giant herb) get waterlogged they get stressed and produce a chemical called ethylene which stimulates the ripening process. Growers do not want this as the bananas need to be shipped green and unripened. Seeds of commercial banana plants are ...
... we explored the national park of Cahuita with our pipas in hand. Pipas are green coconuts. We bought them from a man with a machete who poked straws through the pipa and then afterwards, would cut the coconut open so that we could eat the insides. We managed to see howler and white faced monkeys along the trail. Just off the trail was the beach, but we were surrounded by forest. It was ...
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