Having fun in CR!

Trip Start Jan 27, 2012
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Trip End Feb 06, 2012


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San Jose and Poas volcano
Fun in CR

Flag of Costa Rica  , San Jose,
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday - 6 hours and 3000 miles on Copa Airlines from LAX to its hub in Panama City, then one hour north to San Jose, Costa Rica. We are at 3800 feet in the coastal highlands. Temperatures about 80 with a constant fresh breeze, so quite comfortable. This is an upscale hotel outside of the city center but tomorrow we move on to our eco-lodge along the Atlantic coast where it will be much warmer and more humid, in the rain forest. Also, no AC, no telephone, and no TV at this lodge. The lodge can only be reached by a small river boat.

Food and water here are safe but that will change for the next few days as well. Food is typical of what e had in Spain with a Caribbean touch and not at all Mexican. The rice and beans are served at every meal even at breakfast but at breakfast they are mixed together. We have had some yummy fried plaintains, fried artichoke hearts, tongue - yuck, and other local dishes.

Saturday

On our own, we took a cab to the city center and visited a Gold Museum featuring pre-colombian gold explooration and artifact production. We also saw the National Theatre which is reminiscent and modelled after the Paris opera house - lots of gold gilt, crystal chandeliers, etc. most of which were sent over from France.  In between the museum visits, we were approached by a teenage girl and her mother who said that she needed to practice her English with a native speaker. We thought what kind of a scam is this?  But it was not, and Bob conversed with her while her mama made a audio and video recording on her cell phone. Also visisted the metropolitan cathedral which was quite plain compared to Spanish style cathedrals we have seen. We took a cab ride back that was a bit crazy - it was Sat. so everyone had come to town to shop and noone follows the stop signs or lights so it is sort of a free for all.

Sunday

Our first bus ride with the tour group - drove to the Poas volcano and walked to the overlook which is about 9000 feet high. This is in the so called cloud forest and there was a strong cold wind with heavy mist blowing about. We were basically in a cloud. We could not see the actual caldera which is only visible anyway about 30% of the time.


Then  onto the Cafe Britt coffee plantation for an explanation and sampling of coffee production.
Stopped for lunch at a cute open air restaurant overlooking the central valley, had a choice of fish, pescado, chicken, pollo or beef, carne, and of course the ever present rice and beans. The beans are always whole  pinto or black beans. We also had fresh strawberry juice becaue this is a big strawberry growing area.

Interesting thing is that about half of our group is Canadian which we thought was unusual.

Our hotel has a beautiful many acre garden, a huge pool, and a casino which we are going to visit tonight.



Tico Bob and Shirley (costa ricans calls themselves ticos)





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Sheryl Mustain on

Sounds wonderful, Shirley! Brings back memories of a stop during a cruise in 2003 at Limon, where we took a ride through farm land to the Braulio Carrillo National Park. We went on a tram tour of the rain forest, first in the lower canopy, then through the upper canopy. Breathtaking! We had a lovely patio luncheon of...you guessed it! Rice and beans! Enjoy!

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