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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
HAVE FUN!!!

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.