Livin' la Pura Vida
Trip Start May 23, 2010
32Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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We left Montezuma on Monday morning, and headed straight to Manuel Antonio. This entailed a short bus ride (during which one girl just stopped short of throwing up over Andy's back) to a beach where we we took a water-taxi...which, to my delight, turned out to be a speed boat! Luckily for Andy, the nauseous American proceeded to board another boat, saving her Technicolor yawns for those lucky passengers. For the next hour, we sped across the Gulf of Nicoya towards Jaco - for the most part, a very bumpy ride throwing us clear of the benches we were perched on and giving my ribs a rather unwelcome massage!
Once at Jaco, we were persuaded by another American (a UC Berkeley lecturer in International Relations...obviously works then!) to take a taxi with him on to Manuel Antonio - I don't need much persuasion where air con and a comfy seat are on offer
Four hours later (three of which Andy spent glued to his camera...) we arrived in Manuel Antonio - at which point it started bucketing down for a further 3 hours. Nice. Just like being at home! Anyways, things brightened up considerably later on that evening when some monkeys popped in (...I have just been informed by Andy that they were squirrel monkeys...) to our hostel bar. V cute...although I managed to miss all this due to being on the Internet at the time. Luckily they returned the next night!
The following day we woke up to beautiful blue skies, and headed straight into the National Park to do a spot of exploring. Although it is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, it is one of the most popular, having stunning beaches, tropical forests and mangroves
When we got back to the hostel we got chatting to a couple of Americans who had also gone into the park, but had decided to sample the local fruit off the forest floor. They wondered why they felt so ill. Duh! He'd just spent 5 years in the US Army but had obviously snoozed through the bush-craft course!
On our final day we just chilled out, with the highlight being when we (quite literally) stumbled across a tortoise waddling along the road side by our hostel. Dr Doolittle decided to pick this little tortoise up to say hello...probably scarring the poor thing for life. Other than that we had to endure continuous Latino pop being pumped out in our hostel bar. Not quite Girls Aloud! Incidentally, this probably led to the Ricky Martin inspired title. Pura Vida is a popular Costa Rican expression which means 'pure life' but translates as 'cool'/'ok'/'all's good'.
Next stop San Jose - then off to Ecuador for the Galapagos (yay!) and more insect spotting in the Amazon (eek!) xxx