Bus ride to... Oh, anywhere

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
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Trip End Jul 18, 2010


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Limón,
Monday, June 28, 2010

"I never use a blueprint.  I just put up a board and start nailing" Eben Hensen

    Cheers, to poor bus navigation skills!  I hopped a bus at one in the afternoon to the Rainforest Aerial Tram, trusty LonelyPlanet guide in hand.  Its very close to Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo and appears to be navigable. However.. I never made it to the Aerial Tram...   
    The bus ride is absolutely breath-taking, looping around mountains and amongst the clouds of the rainforest. With a smile, I ask the man next to me, "Do you know of the teleferico is?"  Apparently, it was a few miles back.  I grab my backpack and hop off the bus in Guapiles.
    In some places, overshooting my stop might be frustrating, but Costa Rica is not one of them.  I strike up conversation with a local tour/rafting guide named David Soto and we become quick friends.  Coincidentally, his business is recommended in my guide book.  Along with his roommate, Carlos, we hike a few trails, lay on hammocks overlooking the river, meet friendly ticos, spot toucans in trees, creep up on poisonous, colorful frogs and drink black, Costa Rican java.  David promises a white-water kayaking lesson next time I'm free and gives me a morenito for the trip back. 
On my bus ride home, I catch myself smiling at how perfectly the afternoon had panned out.  I say, out the window with the map! Because anywhere I end up in this country is bound to be a beautiful, memorable experience. 
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