Mar 29, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
So enough of my toes, as you can imagine, I was very happy to escape Playa Hermosa
. The bus picked us up early and Jan practiced his Spanglish for another couple of hours. We had to stop and race around from one ATM to another to stock up on Colones and US$ as the further south you go the fewer the banks etc and the less it seems you can use your credit card.
The drive from Playa Hermosa to Hacienda Baru isn’t long (100 or so kms) but what did surprise me was how much it looks like Indonesia or Malaysia. The road is flat and on either side for the best part of an hour are km after km of palm oil plants. Apparently there used to be big Chiquita Banana plantations here at one time but after blight hit the bananas, the company packed it in and moved to the Caribbean coast. The refrigerated banana containers (complete with banana pictures) now stand as offices or workers accommodation in the palm oil plantations. Like SE Asia, these are African Oil Palms and given Costa Rica’s efforts in local, organic produce, eco-tourism and sustainability it seems very odd to see it. OK that’s it for the soapbox people – but do check your food labels :-D
I had another shocking night's sleep in the Skybox at Las Olas – partly because it was so bloody hot and partly because the trucks just kept on thundering past all night. At 5 am I woke up and bleary eyed made my way in the pre-dawn light (sorry I have always wanted to write that in something…) to the 'stairs’ down to the bathroom. I narrowly missed putting my hand into the open fan strategically placed by the stairs for maximum cooling effect, and started down the ridiculously steep staircase – really it was little more than a ladder with wider rungs. Anyway I was obviously still half asleep as I missed a step about half way down and took a fair chunk of my weight on my toes on the bottom step. Two of my toes now match my nail varnish – very pretty, very painful and almost definitely broken - grrrrr. I now have a week to get over it (and myself) in time for the 20km hike into the Corcovado National Park.