Costa Rica 2 England 1

Trip Start Mar 04, 2014
Trip End Apr 02, 2014

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Lagartero,
Monday, March 24, 2014

That's my prediction for the group game in the World Cup having seen a bunch of Costa Ricans kicking a ball around on the beach in Puntarenas.

We had a more relaxing start to the day as we were able to walk off the ship straight into town to find our coach before the 9.45 departure time for another full day tour. We had booked onto a river rafting trip - think more Aire & Calder than Colarado - which was 1.5 hrs drive away. We followed the Pan American Highway for a good part of the way but after about 45 minutes we joined the back end of a traffic jam. Our guide did a good job of telling us about the history, geography and economy of Costa Rica but after about 40 minutes he was beginning to repeat himself. We hadn't moved an inch and after a few phone calls to his office and the highway police, he informed us that the locals had gone on strike and blocked the road. This year has been a particularly dry, dry season ( I told them we'd had all of their rain) and they were protesting about the lack of water. Apparently it is the Governments responsibility to provide the farmers with water in times of drought.

Costa Rica looks relatively wealthy as compared to the similar rural environment that we had seen in Nicaragua yesterday. The farms look to be well organised and the houses are more substantial.this might be because they do not have an army and use their tax revenues to fund full time education, health care and a better infrastructure . It is surprising then that the USA has not felt the need to interfere in the development of the country being as it has such a strong socialist influence.

We were stuck for nearly two hours before the police arrived to disperse the protesters, so by the time we got to the river site it was time for lunch. Afterwards we set off in groups of 8 in our rubber rafts down the lazy river under instruction of our guides who thankfully knew how to keep us out of the trees. There were a few stretches of white water but nothing too scary and overall we had a very pleasant time bobbing along for a couple of hours. The bus collected us a few miles down river so we didn't have to paddle back to the start and we changed out of our wet clothes before the journey back.

Our tour guide had promised that we would see lots of wildlife on the river bank but other than an Iguana which was high up in the tree and a Kingfisher which made a swooping appearance the creature count was zilch. So on the way back he went out of his way to show us White faced monkeys and Howler monkeys that were in the trees at the side of the road.

It had been a great day.
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Jackie K on

I know why there was a strike. It was because the neighbouring country did nick our Agua. Just saying!!

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