Jan 04, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Back in San Jose with the plan to use here as a base go to Volcano Poas National Park and whitewater rafting in Turrialba over the next couple of days before I head north to Costa Ricaīs caribbean coast . Had some rather bad news regarding later on in my trip - Iīve had it in the back of my mind for a while that I need to book my Inca Trail Trek in Peru for July (because there is a government restriction on the number of people that can climb the trail after the numbers were getting unmanageably large a few years ago) ... but it had somehow slipped my mind recently until I got talking to a couple of girls in the hostel who mentioned they wanted to go in July aswell but couldnīt because the permits were already sold out for July in April ... eek ! So I went & checked right away with some trek operators & indeed earliest departure is now end-August. This rather screws up my carefully-laid circular route around S America which had me in Peru in mid-July. Now trying hard to get an Inca Trail departure booked for this earliest possible date at end August and re-thinking my route so as to be in Cusco , Peru at the right time ... if it wasnīt the Inca Trail I would just miss it and stick to my route but it really is one of the classic unmissable highlights of S America so definitely worth the aggravation of juggling my route. Will probably now need to spend some time in Peru , go onwards to Bolivia and then head back to Peru for the Inca Trail trek before heading on down to Chile. As another aside relating to South America , Iīm getting really excited about going to Colombia in three weeks time - every traveller Iīve met who has been down there really raves about it & says its a truly amazing country !