Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Manuel Antonio

Today, we had a great day again in Costa Rica (it seems that the days here are either exceptional or rather boring, while in Nicaragua for example almost all days were really cool but neither boring nor exceptional) at Manuel Antonio.


We started off the day with making our own pancakes. Nuno ended up eating 6 (cookie monster), while I actually had 5, well the last one was a tiny one ;) The perfect start to the day! Oh, did I mention we were making these pancakes at 7 in the morning? After a bit of salsa dancing while waiting for the paste to be finished.

Montezuma and Malpais

Leaving the relatively cold, very cloudy and quite rainy cloud, rain forest of Monteverde, it was really nice to get back down to the coast and it's summertime feeling!
In what seems to be the norm when travelling in Central America, the bus left at 6am - the only bus of the day that is -, meaning that our alarm was set for 5 am as usual. After a 3h bus ride, we made the semi-crazy decision when arriving in Puntarenas to walk from the bus terminal to the ferry. The approx. 1 km walk ended up taking us 40 minutes, as 1km in Tico term is more like 3 km in real term.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

La Fortuna and Monteverde

After the relaxed time in Tortuguero beaches and wildlife, it was now time to hit the mountains.

Leaving lovely Tortuguero, we spent 8 hours on avoiding to go through San Jose bus hub and instead we made our way up through a more rural path passing by Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, San Carlos and finally La Fortuna.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Tortuguero

Arrived at San Jose by night and had the sensation of going back to reality, normal airport, normal cars, normal city.

After meeting up with Helena and a cool night to put conversation up-to-date, next morning we decided to head to Parque Nacional del Tortuguero, close to the border with Nicaragua on the Caribbean coast.

We almost missed the bus and the punishment was to spend half of the 3 hour bus ride standing. The bus took us through bumpy roads, into greener and more dense vegetation, after that a 1 hour taxi ride (actually it was a 4x4 jeep) through even more bumpy roads. And finally a 1 hour taxi boat took us to our final destination.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Cuban Experience 2 of 2

The second day in Vinales was dedicated to relaxation due to the dancing of the night before. Walked up the hill, passed some schools and enjoyed a swimming pool day, with the visit of a few chickens.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Cuban Experience 1 of 2

When the airplane approaches the runway for landing I understand that IT has started.
The vegetation is dense but low, the soil is vivid red and the Sunset tainted horizon is only disrupted by palm trees. Hello Cuba.

With only one week to visit I dedicated my time to Havana and Vinales.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Departure nr.2

After months of planning, most of them just dreaming about how it would be to just go, finally I find myself across the Ocean in a place called Cuba. This actually means I did the first step, I left. Now its all about travelling. The act of leaving feels nothing as it should, it
means a big stress, of making everything ready for what is to come. So, the nostalgia of leaving is overcome with the excitement of doing a lot of different things that need to be done. Im in Cuba now, La Havana. Gentle people, friendly people. Time travelled to a different speed of life, where latin rithms set the pace. I will discover more soon. Internet is slow but experiences go fast. Kisses to everyone. My familly, my friens, and Helena.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Guatemala - wrap up


As I'm about to leave Guatemala tomorrow (if everything goes according to plan that is as I have quite a complicated and long trip ahead of me and with a departure time at 6h30, and that as you know dear readers is a bit on the early side for me...), I thought I would make a short wrap-up of my 3.5 lovely weeks in this terrific, compley, amazingly beautiful, slightly scary, wonderful country.