Costa Rica - Pura Vida
Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
47Trip End Dec 23, 2008
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Lenny & Catherine, another couple of Irish rat-race escapees, who we first met in Grenada showed up in San Juan so a debaucherous night of copious amounts of Nicaraguan rum ensued, finished off of course by a swim at 4am. Needless to say the appeal of doing the border crossing to Costa Rica the next morning got postponed another day as we nursed a very nasty hangover.
So we eventually packed our bags again and headed for the border after a brief enchanting encounter with Nicaragua
Leaving the dry, parched Nicaraguan soil the lushness of Costa Rica which literally changes as you cross the border was a sensual treat. As green as any Irish landscape, albeit slightly more tropical, it was gorgeous to see the land dripping with life. A week later and about 32 inches of rain, my appetite for rain has changed slightly. So Costa Rica is the most expensive country weīve been in so far because theyīve managed to attract tourists for a lot longer than their more turbulent Central American neighbours. Is it worth it? Maybe, if all I was to see of Central America was Costa Rica, I would be pretty impressed but considering what Iīve already seen itīs not as an amazing experience as I thought it would be.
We headed straight for the Nicoya peninsula to look for more surf (nope, still didnīt make that barrel) and after a couple of nights in a relatively commercial Tamarindo (Cancun it ainīt, but wasnīt in a rush to stay either) we headed south to Mal País
En route we hooked up with Scott & Alex, a Canadian couple from British Columbia, who we had lots of giggles with for the last week. The weather turned in to the equivalent of a month of Irish rain each night, so we had to get pretty creative with our leisure time. (Apologies for those of you who have busy, stressful lives at the mo, I feel your pain!) We stayed in this huge hostel in Santa Teresa, where for the first time in about two months we could flush toilet paper and have a hot shower. Itīs the little things you miss sometimes.
In between surfing some gnarly (cheers Scott!) waves, we rented ATVīs and took off for a hilarious day to Montezuma. Needless to say the boys need for speed and the dodgy roads were an entertaining combination. We hiked up a river to some beautiful waterfalls and then bumped in to Lenny & Catherine again in Montezuma.
So we hooked up with them again the next day (Champions League is very important on a round the world trip) and had a very productive afternoon of drinking beer, learning to juggle (Dave), learning new card games (Geneva) and giggling.