Costa Rica

Bloggers reward ;-)

Just a short update on how this travelbog is growing are going…

With almost 25.000 hits the statistics recognized 133 different territories.  The dense populated big modern countries are easy to get on the world map.  But tiny islands lost in the middle of a vast ocean with maybe a population of a couple of hundred persons are harder to reach as well as some devastated countries in war  It’s very satisfying to see that also they find the way to our blog.

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The top 10: Italy, Belgium, Spain, United States, Argentina, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Colombia

Some others that caught my attention: Zimbabwe, Syria, Nigeria, Mozambique, Brunei, Palestinian Territories, Guam, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Benin, Mayotte, Tanzania, French Polynesia, Ghana, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Bhutan.

Thank you all, the Hermes’Journey goes on…

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Puerto Viejo, where beach and sea prevail.

17-19/10/2013

The Caribe’s are as fancy as someone would imagine.  Good food, smooth live, easy going, blue sea and sunny sky are the daily tread, as well as the long rasta, reggae music and the ever smell of pot in the air.  We travel from Cahuita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1440C$) getting closer to the Panamas border without losing the Caribbean Sea out of sight.  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, or just Puerto Viejo, is a bit bigger than Cahuita, has more shops, bars, restaurants, night live,… and at equal parts has it more tourists and is noisier at day and night, it is as we would call it a popular touristic destination.  With luck on our side today, we find ‘Cabins Larry next to a, good for breakfast and teatime, coffeehouse, a street away from the bus stop.  This rather minor apartment complex offers us, in low season and without any other guests, a full apartment (kitchen, bathroom with hot water, double bed, terrace with table, chairs and hammock and with a good Wi-Fi service) for just 9000C$ a day, a worthy price for a bit of rest, peace, safety and privacy.  We walk 50m and find ourselves crossing the main street with shops, supermarkets, banks and the bus stop and walking another 50m we are starring at the bleu horizon with sporadic Caribbean little waves.  After a 1000C$ fresh squeezed fruit shake at a terrace on the bay we ‘horizontalize’ us on the beach protected by the shade of the palm trees which leaves make tropical sounds when waving in the tropic breeze.

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Snorkelling is a must here: warm water, no waves, no currents and thousands of fishes displaying millions of colours.  We see a blowfish, octopus, and different starfish walking the bottom with their long thin tentacles, besides all the rest of the colourful fishes typical to coral reefs.  The day passes by fast and the night sets in soon, the village lights up and neon shows us the way to our needs: meat, vegetables, avocados and flour tortillas.  We have a kitchen, so we cook, so we have delicious burritos on the menu and so we save another couple of thousand Colones.

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Day two we do the main street and confirm what we sadly expected: every shop selling exactly the same. When it’s a cloth shop: it are the same trousers and reggae coloured sweatshirts, when it’s a grocery: the same small variety of vegetables and fruits and when we enter a souvenir shop we’ll get magnets, spoons and other useless stuff we can buy anywhere else but this time with ‘Puerto Viejo’ written on it.  So we advance fast and end up at the beach for another underwater-vision-swim, a long read and a tasteful coco and pineapple.

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The third day we discover the surroundings so after an easy hitchhiking we get to Punta Uva, a wide white sand dream beach to relax, swim and contemplate nature.  We observe how a pelican time after time flies high, circles around our heads, spots a school of sardines, dives and breaks into the water surface to catch his meal of the day.  Behind us Howler Monkeys clans are debating the territory with loud screams and as we turn around we can see them jumping from branch to branch in the big canopy of an old tree high above us.  Diving glasses and tube becomes more and more an extension of our body the longer we stay at the Caribe’s.  The water is crystal clear and the sun obligates refreshment and cooling off so snorkelling is the solution.

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To go back home we walk along the different beaches (Playa Uva, Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles) observing how locals are fishing at the shore.  Stunning vistas pass by together with the seaboard while the sun bit by bit is getting closer to the vanishing point.

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From the beach to the road we pass through a few bushes full of oversized spiders in even more oversized spider webs and as neither of us is very fond of arachnids very soon we find ourselves in a nightmare of jumping human eating spiders trying to capture us in their webs… so running through this area our hair and faces are getting full of spider strings.  We are just disgusted by the idea and feverishly we try to untie the spider maze that is sticking strong on us.

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After this horror experience we reach the road and from there the village and at last our safe cabin at Larry’s.  After dinner we stuff our backpacks and prepare ourselves for tomorrow.  Another border will be crossed and another stamp will embellish our passports.

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Our recommendations:

Puerto Viejo is beautiful, warm-hearted and cosy but not for those who look for something original / Desolated beaches at abundance just outside the village / For fruit and vegetables you’ll find the best buy at trucks which stop at the corner of the street, ask locals where to find them / Experienced surfers will be delighted with Salsa Brava (wave direction from the northeast and wind direction from the south), for some surfers the most powerful wave in Costa Rica

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La rumba de Cahuita

15-16/10/2013

Da Manuel Antonio decidiamo di spostarci sull’ altro lato della costa per visitare l’esotico caribe costariqueño e fare una sosta nella tanto decantata Cahuita. Per Bert é la seconda volta peró il ricordo é cosí piacevole che ci ritorna volentieri. E cosí… sulle note del leggendario Walter Ferguson che intona “mi rumba de Cahuita, mi rumba chiquitita…” ci incamminiamo nel lungo viaggio che da Manuel AntonioQuepos ci riporterá verso San José e da lí a Puerto Limón per infine giungere a Cahuita nel tardo pomeriggio spendendo un totale di 18.120 colones (27 euro circa). A pochi metri dalla stazione degli autobus troviamo l’ostello in cui passare le prossime due notti: “The Secret Garden” il nome, un luogo tranquillo, immerso nel verde, gestito da una donna olandese molto cordiale e vivace. Ci sistemiamo in un dormitorio misto per 9000 colones a notte (13 euro), includendo WIFI e cucina comune. Facciamo un giro per i dintorni del villaggio respirando a fondo l’aria rilassata di questo luogo senza tempo e godendo dell’atmosfera spensierata dei caraibi.

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Dopo una rigenerante dormita interrotta solo dai primi raggi del sole e dal verso dei numerosi uccelli che popolano il giardino selvaggio dell’ostello, equipaggiati con tramezzini e un paio di banane gentilmente offerte dalla casa, 2013-10-16 11.06.12 andiamo ad esplorare il Parco Nazionale di Cahuita, una reserva naturale di 58.836 acri tra mare e boschi con una ricchissima biodiverstiá animale e vegetale.

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Se si entra da Cahuita non bisogna comprare nessun ticket, si accede per semplice donazione. Ognuno quindi, in base al proprio portafogli, dona del denaro alla fondazione che si occupa della tutela e salvaguardia di questo paradiso, in cambio dell’accesso al luogo per tutta la giornata. Ben presto ci rendiamo conto che il Costa Rica ci sta offrendo l’ennesima prova della sua straordinaria bellezza. 7 km a cavallo tra spiagge e stretti sentieri, una flora esuberante e una fauna a dir poco sorprendente in cui si possono avvistare meravigliose e rare farfalle, iguane, lucertole dalle sembianze preistoriche, curiosi bradipi dai movimenti pigri e impacciati, appesi a sottili rami in cerca di riposo, e dispettose scimmie cappuccino sempre pronte a distrarti con il loro savoir-faire per poi soffiarti di mano borse o buste del supermercato. Un’ oasi tropicale con alte palme, cocchi, acqua calda e cristallina, una variopinta barriera corallina, sabbia bianca finissima e un’impressionante vegetazione completamente incontaminata. Pura magia!

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La giornata vola senza rendercene conto. Torniamo a casa esausti ma soddisfatti del lungo trekking. Domani si cambia, verso Sud, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ci attende.

Suggerimenti:

  • A Cahuita sono sufficienti due giorni per visitare i dintorni (es. Playa Negra), godere del sorriso caldo e accogliente della gente del luogo e spendere un giorno visitando il parco nazionale, un MUST per tutti i viaggiatori nelle vicinanze.
  • Consigliamo di iniziare il tour per il parco la mattina presto. Sono solo 7 chilometri sulla carta ma tra una foto, un tuffo e un cocco in spiaggia il tempo vola!!!
  • Non é necessario pagare cifre esorbitanti per prenotare escursioni guidate. Il percorso é perfettamente segnalato, si puó intraprendere da soli senza nessun pericolo ed é cosí molto piú accessibile per un turismo low budget come il nostro (solo una donazione per entrare).
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