Staying in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica..

Trip Start Dec 12, 2002
Trip End Aug 01, 2003

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Friday, April 25, 2003

Staying in a little home in the reggae town of Puerto Viejo... Together with Cahuita, some 15 km north, P.V. is probably the most underestimated destination in Costa Rica, but it has everything, like they say... the beautiful national parks of Cahuita and Manzanillo, not to mention the coral reefs, for the surfers Puerto Viejo has the world famous Salsa Brava and the great waves of cocles beach. For the sun lovers great deserted beaches stretch out for more than 20 kilometers to the north and south... Here you can do great dives at modered prices, you can visit the Indiginous reservations of Bribri and others, party lovers will go out all night long in one of the many reggae or salsa bars, and who am I writing for anyway, the Talamanca tourist board?
Anyway, I can recommend a visit to Puerto Viejo and Cahuita to everybody, so please do not listen to the Lonely Planet (don't buy it would be better!), the province of Limon, and more specific, Talamanca from Cahuita to Manzanillo is very safe to visit!!!
Looking at maps is a typical habit of me and in so doing I discovered that it's possible to hike from the Atlantic (Carribean) to the Pacific coast. From the Indian reservation of Bri-Bri over the mighty Talamanca mountains to Buenos Aires (not the one in Argentina!) would take you about a week to ten days, but as I made inquiries people told me that it's quite impossible without a Indian guide. So the thing is, it costs about 450 $ per group of minimum three, and this includes only the guide. So you have to carry your own tent, food and water for ten days PLUS all the equipment of the guide who carries nothing because he has to concentrate on the trail and his machete... For me, this seems to be like a dream vacation and I'm looking for two other fools who want to share the costs and the if you think you're crazy enough mail me!
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john scoble on

We always enjoy the Atlantic side however quality sourvenirs are often hard to find. Then we heard about a great site promoting Costa Rica and it's famous beer;
We also enjoyed some premium Costa Rican cigars made in Puriscal. Under construction is;
So when our friends return to the states, they can do some good online shopping from home and not waste time in souvenir stores in Costa Rica.

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