'Hey you get off of my cloud'

Trip Start Oct 16, 2013
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Trip End Mar 09, 2013


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Hotel el Tropico

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Day 11: 27 October 2013

We have hot water!!! Its amazing how such a small thing like starting the day with a hot shower can put you in a better mood :) We had our breakfast at the hostel (eggs, toast and fruit) then headed off to get the bus to Volcan Poas. We were early so had a wander around the square and went into a nearby church. It was huge and really pretty... Nothing like the cathedral here which was quite non-descript! I went to check out what was happening with the buses as there were none in the station. Turns our they were running late due to streets being shut for the run that was taking place. As there were only a few of us going to Poas they contracted our bus out and we went off to find it as it couldn't get closer to the station. We were sure we had just been ripped off but didn't really have another way of getting there so went with it. Although as the road was quite windy maybe it was a good thing we were in a smaller bus in the end!

As soon as we got there and started walking I could feel the altitude and was feeling a little breathless... the park was easy to walk around though so we just took it slowly. We arrived at the main crater but it was covered in clouds so you couldn't see anything. The main crater at Volcan Poas is the second biggest in the world. When
it is raining in town you can see the crater clearly but when it is dry
it is cloudy. We went on to the second one which was clear then headed off on one of the trails. When we came back we waited at the main crater for a bit to see if the clouds would move and after a while managed to see more of the lake and crater.

We headed back to the bus only to find that it had broken down and we had to wait for someone to come with an extra part. We passed the time chatting to the others, mostly Venezuelans. It was interesting to find out more about what was going on there. I was shocked to learn they are only allowed a budget of $20 each per day when travelling. As we have found Costa Rica quite expensive I am not sure how they will manage to do anything here with that budget!

We were on our way again soon but not for long as the others wanted to buy some strawberries on the way. After stopping a couple of times they finally found some and we were on our way again. We arrived back in San Jose with 15 minutes to get our next bus. We jumped in a taxi to the next bus station (our 5th now in San Jose! And there are a lot more. How it is possible one place needs so many!) and just had enough time to get tickets and find the bus. There were no seats left so we sat in the wheelchair bay on the floor with a lady and her little girl. Not the comfiest but at least we were on our way to Cariari. We found a hotel and after negotiating a non-tourist rate we had a beer and some dinner (arroz con camarones) which was YUM before heading to bed as we had yet another early start tomorrow.
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