Jan 04, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Back in San Jose with the plan to use here as a base go to the 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 and checked right away with some trek operators and indeed the earliest departure is now at the end of August. This rather screws up my carefully-laid circular route around South 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 the end of 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 South America so definitely it's 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!