Costa Rica Day 14: Home

Bright and early! We woke up at 3am to get ready to go to the airport. The hotel shuttle safely and efficiently got us to there. We were also pleasantly surprised with a packed breakfast, which was a very nice touch. Similar to my previous blogs, I will end with a reflective post.

Culture
The culture of Ticos is definitely warm, friendly and relaxed. They often seemed to give off the “don’t worry, be happy” vibe, which was very pleasant throughout the trip. All the hosts that we met were so nice and special, making our trip that much more memorable.

Weather
Hot and humid. Since we went at the beginning of green season, we were expecting a lot of rain but we have been very lucky with the weather this trip and the rain did not interfere with any of our plans at all!

Language
This was our second time using Spanish except we picked up a few phrases specific to Costa Rica (e.g. Pura Vida – meaning pure life and can be used in almost any context). Originally thinking that being called “chicas” was very offensive, we later took it as quite endearing. We were definitely less well prepared this time without a translation book but we also learnt a lot from simply interacting with the locals making it a more interesting experience!

Top food picks
1. Soda Viquez – La Fortuna
2. Pineapple drink at Monteverde Rustic Lodge
3. Typical breakfast – Cerro Azul at La Fortuna

Most amazing sights
1. Arenal Volcano
2. Strangulating fig tree
3. Quetzal bird
4. Nosara beaches
5. Santa Teresa

Firsts
1. First time Tarzan jumping (still can’t believe I did it)
2. First time superman-ing across the zip line
3. First time in Central America
4. First time driving/riding across river
5. First time night hiking
6. First time going to the beach when it is pitch dark (very eerie!)
7. First time getting a massage right in front of a beach
8. First time traveling to a country where two currencies are accepted so interchangeably (can get confusing!)
9. First time seeing so many exotic animals (iguana, monkeys, sloths, tarantulas, etc.)
10. First time with horses in my backyard

So that marks the end of our Costa Rica trip. Till next time!

– Tangybowser

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Costa Rica Day 13: San Jose

Travel day! Today we woke up early to deal with transportation preparation. After that, we again prepared a similar breakfast in our villa. We enjoyed it on our porch with a final glimpse of the beach and appropriately listening to the soothing voices of “Today’s Male Singer-Songwriters” on Songza. We were then off to the ferry terminal en route to San Jose Airport. When we reached the Paquera Ferry Terminal, we realized we only had limited Colones left so we pooled all our resources to get a pop and 2 popsicles with some money left to use the bathroom. We then scavenged through our “food bag” consisting of nuts, bread, water and plantain chips and reminded ourselves that more cash is probably warranted when one travels in Costa Rica. It was then time to wait in the suffocatingly hot terminal to board the ferry while trying not to pass out. As we reminisce about our trip we mentioned that one thing we won’t miss about Costa Rica is the fragile septic system and the fact that we cannot throw toilet paper into the toilet. On the other hand, the moment we realized conversion rate of Colones to USD is roughly to take away 3 zeros and multiply by 2 was a pretty exciting one considering we need to convert money all the time. As we stepped inside the ferry, we all were pleasantly surprised by the blasting air conditioning. We then dozed, read, listened to music for the rest of the ferry ride. We disembarked into the town of Punteneras and it was shocking to be greeted by civilization after the last 13 days. There, we were driving along thin strip of land with water on both sides. we passed by a few fancy places we believed were resorts. the scenery was amazing especially after the rain and with mists lightly covering the green mountains. We felt like we were on the amazing race, wringing dry our wallets for colones and small USD change for the unexpected tolls along the way! The drive was smooth until we reached the airport and arrived at a x-shaped intersection which made no sense whatsoever. After a sigh of relief, we realized we were exhausted and starving. Because of this, Aside from the trip to fill up on gas, we stayed within a 100m radius of our hotel to return our car and to get some food. Also thanks to Sands and Romes for driving and navigating!

Costa Rica Day 12: Santa Teresa (Malpais)

Aimes and I woke up early today to grab some groceries to prepare breakfast at our nice kitchen in our villa. On our menu is scrambled eggs, toast, chopped fruits, cheese, and coffee. We then relaxed/read on our porch and some of us when into town and bought the final addition to our bracelets! We then received some deep tissue massages on the front porch of our villa while listening to the crashing waves. This was definitely more enjoyable than the massage in La Fortuna. It was either the perfect use of aromatherapy or the fact that we were right in front of the beach. Next we headed to The Bakery for some sandwiches and refreshing drinks close to Playa Carmen. We managed to get to Playa Carmen just in time for the sunset. We then enjoyed the sunset one last time at the beach in Costa Rica. We headed back to our villa then had some drinks at the beach by the campfire and under the stars. We then dipped one last time in the pool at our villa before making some grill cheeses with avocado since we did not really have the chance to eat dinner tonight. All this talk about last time doing things here definitely makes us think we will really miss Costa Rica. We then sat down and planned our journey back to San Jose tomorrow.