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Thursday, May 10, 2007

A insteresting travel blog to visit

I wanted to share a popular travel blog with you that has several interesting posts related to Costa Rica. There's one on hotels and weather in Manuel Antonio National Park - so far there are 8 comments and there's some interesting information there so it's a good read.

There's also an interesting Costa Rica travel story and some answers to common Costa Rica questions. Considering that the blog covers destinations all over the world I would say that Costa Rica is pretty well represented. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Costa Rica Travel: Rincon in Costa Rica

Today I am publish a woman's experience in Rincon with her husbands I hope you find this post useful

Rincon is one of my favorite places. I went twice in one week. Once with a spanish class group and then when my husband joined me down there. I just had to show it to him.
The actual road to Rincon is not paved and is pretty rough. There is a gate where you will have to pay a small fee to drive on it. Haven't done the horseback riding up there. My husband doesn't like to ride so we stick to hiking. There are lots of fumerols, mud pots, and just neat things to see. The weather at the top wasn't safe when we were there so we never did get up there. It was very very windy. There is a little store on the road up that you could buy some water, etc. but plan on bringing anything you would need because there isn't any place to buy anything once you are up there. It is not crowded. There is a place to swim also. I would plan a full day there with a packed lunch. The coatis will definitely come begging if they smell food so don't leave anything lying around.
The horseback riding at Los Innocentes was nice. It was an easy ride but we did see quite a bit. The horses are in good condition. I did get to do that.
The food at LI (los innocentes) was good but the menu choices were the same everyday for both lunch and dinner. The road to LI is very good by Costa Rican standards. Pan Am hwy to close to the Nicaraguan border then a right and it is on that road.
We didn't get to Santa Rosa but that area is interesting. We stayed at a ranch not too far from the park that was large enough to keep us busy. Have heard that it is a nice park.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Travel in Costa Rica on a low budget

As for Costa Rica, it is not a cheap country. Although transportation is good, comfortable , the restaurants, nightlife and touristic attractions are a bit expensive (no less than US$10 the meals at the restaurants), since Costa Rica is a country whose economy is based principally on tourism. If you want to go in a budget, just buy your meals at supermarkets (Automercado in San José have really cheap prices), go all day in bus, and try to go at least to one or the national parks (I personally enjoyed the Poás and Manuel Antonio National Parks)

Another park I like in Costa Rica is the Corcovado National Park in the South, and that is free, you only need to have or rent a tent in the nearest village Puerto Jimenez, there you can sleep for 2 dollars a night and see beautiful ara's, from there you get a lift to the seaside and you will come on a camping side and from there you can start the hike of 16 km (I think) but it's beautiful, DON'T FORGET FOOD! Nicaragua:Lago de Nicaragua Guatemala: Panachajel but lots of Gringo's, Antigua: lots of students and partiesand volcano, Tikal: mayasites in the jungle

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Horseback riding in Costa Rica

There are many places offering riding. I have taken one down in Tambor and it was nice along the beach and mountains. It's hard to say which is best. If you do go to Monteverde, it is a cloud forest and it will rain, even in dry season.

A friend of mine took a horseback ride while in La Fortuna and said it was very fun. The horses were well taken care of. The tour guide spoke English and was very entertaining. The horse ride took him up to the La Fortuna Waterfalls. You can even go in for a dip! The journey lasted round trip about 4 hours. Just the right amount of time to be on the back of a horse.

If you are looking for a day trip, horseback riding is also available in Dominical. You spend your day on trails, stopping at a local house for breakfast before making your way to Nuyaca waterfalls. 150 foot waterfall, with a huge pool for swimming at the bottom. After spending an hour or so, you make your way back for a local lunch, and continue on until you reach the end.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Costa Rica Travel: Cano Negro Wildlife/Rara Avis

I went to Rara Avis last year. It was another great trip to Costa Rica, and I loved it. The tractor ride is an adventure and hard to describe, the accommodations are clean and the food is great. It is very remote, no electricity, and the stay in the rivers edge cabin is very private (ok this may not be great for everyone), watch for the anteater on the trail to the cabin. I was awakened every morning by the toucans flying over, and I went to the great water fall every day. Great hiking trails. I could go on and on about my adventure there. I'm planning on returning to Costa Rica in Jan. 2006, and want to go some where different, but Rara avis keeps coming to mind and I am having trouble finding a place to go that will top it.

The Caño Negro Wildlife area is a great area. If you want to see all of it go to Los Chiles, there are always some cabins available. Rent a little boat for the next day and enter the area about seven in the morning and you can see a lot of birds, monkeys, sloths, Caymans (from the baby's to the big ones) and return in the afternoon. You can lunch in the little village inside Caño Negro for little money. It is one of my favorite places to go.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Some info about San Jose in Costa Rica

San Jose can be hot during the day, but since it is a pretty good distance above sea level it can get chilly as well. Jeans and sweatshirts are a good idea to have. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Depending on what you plan to do is how much money you will need to bring. If you just want to chill, check out the museums and parks, you won't need much. If you go out gambling and to the discos, the figure is about 2/3 of what you would spend in the US. If you go on Volcano tours or the like, you are looking at $50-$100 per tour.

If you are traveling with a group you should be fine but if you wander out alone try and stay away from the Coca Cola terminal. It's an entire area where most bus stations are and is known for crime. If you have to go there, no big deal, just don't let any of your belongings out of site and try to go during daylight.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Costa Rica: 4 Days in Monteverde/Arenal volcano area

Depends on the length of your trip, but if your time is limited then 2 days in Monteverde will be enough. One day you can spend in the Moneverde preserve and next day you can do canopy tour and sky walk since they are next to each other and the road is horrible - you don't want to go to this direction twice!!! You will still have time to visit Snakes, Butterflies, and frog exhibitions if you are interested. For Arenal, one day is enough to see the volcano. You gotta see its erruption over night though - it is amazing.

Take enough time for travelling. Some friends and I took the route San Jose, Alajuela, Sarchi, Zarcero, Fortuna, Arenal, Tilaran, Monteverde. Roads are bad and they get worse as you approach Monteverde. Last 25 km are bumpy gravel road.

When you are done with Monteverde, you continue your trip south from Santa Elena towards Puntarenas. Same here, first 25km are gravel, it gets better and faster later.

From Puntarenas to Jaco it is a highway and you are there in less than 1 1/2 hours. Make sure you stop at the Tarcoles bridge to see the crocodiles.