Trip Start Mar 23, 2008
10Trip End Jun 2008
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From Boquete, we headed northeast, crossing the continental divide of Panama and dropping along the Caribbean coast to make the trip into Caribbean Costa Rica. Within minutes of leaving the bus station, the scenery changed dramatically. No longer passing by cement-block houses, the road twisted past wooden shacks...a distinctly Caribbean feel. We stayed a few days in Cahuita, Costa Rica, along the Caribbean coast. A very reggae/chill/surf/hang-out/do-nothing kind of town. We stayed at a place (the cheapest in town) that was a thrown together shack complete with rat poop on the bedding, circa 1920's electric wiring, and a charming old crazy owner named Jose - who sang me a song every morning and who we found designing and sewing his own pair of trousers when we came back one afternoon. The place was aptly named "Backpacker's Dream". It was a hoot, an experience and awesome all at once. We also visited a national park in Cahuita and were quickly surrounded by howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and we even saw a sloth! And, yes, howler monkeys make sounds similar to the audio track from Jurassic Park - quite freaky!
Now we're in San Jose, trying to figure out where to go next...we'll see!