Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
20Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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After passing through Costa Rican immigration (where they wanted to see our onward tickets from Mexico - if you don't have proof of an onward ticket, as our friend Florence didn't, the immigration official makes you buy a bus ticket out of the country for $15 at the local drugstore around the corner from immigration).
From here we all walked into the "town" (more like a few buildings on the side of the road) and convinced a jeep taxi to give us a ride to Puerto Viejo. The driver was nice and ended up taking us on a "short cut" through the jungle passing small villages on the way. The road was dirt, mud and rocks with steep uphill and downhill sections. Big leaves and beautiful flowers encroached from both sides and occasionally the jungle would open up to reveal a small community or a lone-standing shack.
Having survived the ordeal of our first border crossing, we settled in to Puerto Viejo in a nice place right in town. Unfortunately while we were there, the weather wasn't great and the sun didn't shine brilliantly, but we still enjoyed exploring both the white sand and black sand beaches and watching the surfers out on the waves. One night, the power went out and it was eerie and romantic to wander the streets as locals lit candles and gas lights to lead the way to their establishments.
From here we head to San Jose next...