Chilling to the Reggae vibe.....

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Eventually we packed our bags and took the short bus ride south, where we stood in queues for what seemed like hours at the Penas Blancas border crossing. Stamped into Costa Rica our bus passed the most beautiful scenery on it's way to San Jose (that song was in my head the entire journey!). Of course this trip did not go without a bit of fun! First off we were suprised when we looked at our tickets to be assigned seats, when the bus pulled up early in the morning I had a bag thrown on my foot as I waited for my luggage to go into the hold, I hobbled onto the bus to find that the lady who had thrown her bag on my foot was in our seats! It turned out that nobody was in the correct seats and so we sat separatley for the journey to the border. Once stamped into Costa Rica we got back on the bus and found two seats together - brilliant - only to have the guy who's seat we were in throw a tantrum in front of the entrire bus! He then went and got the conductor who wanted to know why we were in the wrong seats, the lady behind explained to him that we were in the wrong seats as was everyone else, the conductor satisfied with this told the man to just sit down somewhere! He was having none of it and continued to create a fuss, eventually a man behind us was so sick of this guy that he moved to let him sit there - that shut him up! There is always one isn't there?!

The bus journey was posh, we were on a comfortable air conditioned coach, the scenery was outstanding, Costa Rica is so green and lush, lots of forests and mountains and whenever we came through a cloud forest or rain forest you could not see in front of you for the clouds and the rain lashed down!
Costa Rica is one of the most touristed and most expensive countries in Central America, the accommodations tend to be better, they are much more set up for tourists, roads are sealed but with so many potholes and there is a real mix of Lations and Carribean peoples.

We arrived in San Jose after about a 10hour journey, we retrieved our bags and were pounced on by a load of money hungry taxi drivers. I quite bluntly told them that they were trying to rip us off and there was no way it should cost that much to get to our hostel, so we walked off. Soon enough another taxi drives down the road and he comes over, not speaking much English, he quotes us the correct price and we jump in the cab.

Our hostel was nice and clean, there was a fab roftop bar and restaurant where we enjoyed a beer and ate, I must say I was so tired that day that I passed out sleeping on the bed at about 8.30!!

We were not staying in San Jose, and to be honest we did not plan to spend this much time in Costa Rica total - but it is nice, albeit expensive.
We took a bus, after getting lost and missing the first one to Cahuita which is a small village on the Carribean coast.
We enjoyed it there, we had such a beautiful room we could chill out in, there were nice cafes (called Sodas here in Costa Rica) to eat the usual beans and rice or fried chicken in, and with the exception of one whole day of torrential rain we enjoyed cooler weather than we expected.

We spent one day exploring a part of the national park, which was so beautiful. We walked alongside the sandy beaches, palm trees, hundreds of lizards running in front of our feet, there were stunning colourful butterflies and we listened to the loud howling of the Howler Monkeys which inhabit the trees in these parts. In fact, each morning we could hear the Howler monkeys literally howling like wolves in the trees behind us - a little freaky considering it's full moon too!

There are tons of insects and frogs - yuck, one night in our room we came back from dinner to find a family of cockroaches scuttling arround the floor, with me in hysterics it was up to poor Matt to kill them! I couldnt go outside either as there were hoardes of frogs leaping around!!  We were not safe anywhere!

This morning we left relaxing, quiet Cahuita and took the bus 30minutes south to the town of Puerto Viejo De Talamanca. Much more touristy, and more expensive but nice all the same.

We will head into our final Central American country in the next few days - Panama.

For now we are gonna chill mon, watching the sea, drinking cold beers and listening to the Reggae vibe!


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