Costa 'Croc' Rica
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
So after my big first bus trip I decided to cheat, well I can can't I?!. I took the tourist shuttle bus from La Fortuna to Quepos, heading south, at a lot more money at $38 but well worth it. If I took the public buses to get to my destination it would have taken three bus changes and a lot of time, who knows I may have missed the connections too. I got up early again, where are those lies in... , and took the shuttle at 8am, to my surprise it was not on ' Tico time' (way to explain the casual relaxed lateness of a lot of people and things here), but early by ten minutes, I was still slurping my tea with milk. The latter caused quite a stir (excuse the pun) with the guy working there who asked me you really want cold milk in your hot tea? I had just finished a breakfast sandwich of bacon, omelette, tomato, lettuce and avacado - delicioso!
I bagsy the front seat to see the view along my five hour journey ahead of me, we pick up another couple who were on my volcano tour the night before so we chat a bit along the way about my trip and 'aren't I scared? If only I had a free beer for the amount of times I've already been asked this in two weeks on my travels.
We stop at a nice 'service station' Costa Rican style and here I feature the very nice toilets with built in advertising and a plant for decoration.
Passing by Putarenas a large port town, it's Sunday and there's lots of people are out enjoying themselves by the beach and there are people picknicking and large gazebo type tents they've brought with them to protect them from the hot sun.
We then pass over a large bridge at the River Tarcoles and notice lots of people standing on a very narrow ledge, definitely not a pavement, looking at something below. Our driver gets really excited and saying something which I did not understand at first, he pulled over and told us finally 'there are crocodiles'. So out we get and go to see these crocodiles, words do not describe, but I will try. We walk along this precarious ledge toward the oncoming traffic Sunday busy traffic and trucks and finally peer over too, wow! The photos I took do not do them justice to show how big and fat they were, so I have included a short video of them.
Our driver told us people come to feed them which is why they're sat waiting by the bridge about fifteen of them approximately. We see quite a bit of other wildlife here too, flamingoes, small black and blue coloured birds with borrowed binoculars, I'd really like some.
I read up after online about this bridge, it's known more commonly as the Puente de los Cocodrilos (Crocodile Bridge) because of the scores of crocodiles that reside in the muddy waters of the river and doze along its banks. The rangers say that the crocodiles prey on farm animals that roam the surrounding pastures, and while there have been a few reports of people having their limbs chewed off or being eaten alive, the animals can be safely viewed from the edge of the bridge.
Read more: http://www.letsgo.com/1791-central_pacific_coast_of_costa_rica-travel-guides-parque_nacional_carara-d#ixzz1jyW6V59V
We leave here and get out of the basking hot sticky sun and see boys selling large white and orange colour fish by the side of the road, as we pass along the coast and fishing villages. Our journey takes us past Jaco Beach, I see lots of surf boards on the roof racks and a sign showing www.100farmsforsale.com
There's been and is, a huge property boom here luring the Americans to buy a piece of the 'vista' , view and invest in real estate in Costa Rica.
We get to Quepos a small town next to Manuel Antonio where I'm going to take up my second week of Spanish school. After some driving around by my shuttle and asking local people where to go, I am dropped off at my next 'familia di casa' homestay, very tired indeed and nervous again about how this town and family is going to be...