ADIOS COSTA RICA
COSTA RICA WEEK 2: October 25, 2016 – October 31, 2016
TAMARINDO -MONTEZUMA – JACO -QUEPOS – PARQUE NACIONAL MANUEL ANTONIO – SAN JOSE
Tuesday October 25, 2016 – Tamarindo
A day of rest in Tamarido, a beachside town famous for its surf. It is so hot and humid. Such an amazing contrast to the mountains of Montaverde.
Wednesday October 26, 2016 – Montezuma
To get from Tamarindo to Montezuma we had a choice of a day long trip involving 4 bus changes and a long ferry boat ride or pay more to get a shuttle bus. We chose the shuttle which took about 5hrs. Most of it was through pretty green countryside with one segment from Nicoya over bone-jarring dirt road.
We had high expectations of Montezuma. It was described as having golden sands and azure blue ocean. On that we were a little disappointed to find a very small town with volcanic grey sand, lots of washed up plastic debris on the beach and ocean water that was a bit brown. Having said that, it looks rather pretty in the photos.
Thursdays October 27, 2016 – Jaco
A boat ride across the Straits of Nicoya and we were trasported from sleely quite Montezuma to a bustling seaside town of Jaco. This town from what we read and what we could see has been under some development pressure. On the upside to the highrise development, the property boom has meant that most of the local roads were paved. The beach is very long and has a few rivers crossing it. Like the last two beachside towns, the sand is volcanic in origin which we are finding hard to get used to.
Friday October 28, 2016-Quepos
We decided not to stay in Jaco any longer and caught a local bus to Quepos, the gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park. I set on the bus next to a lovely lady from Puntearenas who spoke English. A very informative local source. By the time we got to our accomodation the skies had opened and a tropical downpour filled the streets. The rainstorm passed long enough to allow us to explore the town a little before the rain returned and drove us indoors.
Saturday October 29, 2016 – Manuel Antonio National Park
A day exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park which is only a short bus ride from Quepos.
We walked all the trails possible in the park. It was incredibly hot and humid under the canopy of the forest. We saw sloths, capuchin monkeys, a deer, racoons and a large bandicoot like animal called agouti. Lots of bird sounds and fungi growing on fallen trees. Hammer had a swim at one of the quite beaches until we were invaded by several iguanas.
A very late lunch at the village adjoining the park and we were done. This has been the longest time on my feet since coming off the PCT trail in July. Ankle feels OK, I just need to work on fitness especially in these sauna like conditions.
We made it back to our accomodation just in time before another tropical storm arrived. It is wonderful to listen to the sound of thunder and pouring rain while inside.
Sunday October 30, 2016 – San Jose
It is predicted that the rain will continue today and for the rest of the week. So we decided to head back to San Jose to explore the museums and galleries before we leave for Guatemala on Tuesday.
Monday October 31, 2016 -San Jose
We made a rookie mistake of spending the morning hours indoors planning our first few days in Guatemala. By the time we got outside the clouds were gathering. We walked to the Modern Art museum on the west side of the city. We had forgotten that usually on Mondays almost all museums are closed. Anyhow we enjoyed the walk to the west side of town up until the rain arrived.
Adios Costa Rica, it’s been interesting and a great introduction to Central America.