S: Costa Rican Odyssey - 2011
FC: Costa Rican Odyssey 2011
1: With Love, Jack and Liam
2: Getting There | Half the fun? | Or half the battle? | In spite of a challenging time with reschduling flights, buying new tickets and the stress that goes with it, we had fun traveling together - and lots of good stories both coming and going.
3: Alejuela | Our first experience with Costa Rica was in Alajuela. This is very near the airport and we just trusted a cab driver to took us to a hotel that she knew, It worked fine and was a real introduction for Liam to international travel in a new culture..
4: We got on an AirSansa flight to Tambor on the Nagoya Peninsula on the morning of May 1. It was a short, but very fun flight, filled with anticipation of finally arriving. | Flying to Tambor and Malpais | AirSansa propeller plane | The roofs oa Alejuela | Anticipation | Landing on the small jungle air strip in Tambor was exciting. It was the size of a wide road, with no buildings, no control tower - just a taxi stand at the far end and a pay phone to call for a ride
5: The roads were dust | The heat was intense when we stopped for a smoothy in Malpais. and made friends with the local puppy | We were glad to arrive at Villa Hermosa... | ...and get in the very warm ocean for the first time! | The Road to Playa Hermosa | We drove from Tambor where wer rented a car to Playa Hermosa - good adventure driving in the heat. We arrived at about 4 in the afternoon and gladly celebrated with a splash in the surf!
6: Playa Hermosa... walk a minute from the villa and you're there
7: Planning tommorrow at Chicken Joe's Rotisserie, where the collection jar was out to help someone get home to Peru | Bamboo | Our friend the Black Iguana | Palm fronds and mangoes
8: Curu Wildlife Refuge | Curú contains Costa Rica’s first private National Wildlife Refuge and is an example of a successful sustainable development program. The hacienda still includes low levels of cattle grazing and produces tropical fruits such as mangos on an annual basis; however, tourism and visitation by school groups and researchers are the focus of Curú today. Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Hacienda is managed sustainably to produce a profit and local employment, while also protecting its threatened and endangered forested habitats such as mangroves, tropical moist and dry forests, and coral reefs | Crushed Teak leaves turn your hand BLOOD RED | We had a guided tour with Luis, whose family has owen the land for generations. He was great fun!
9: Isla Tortuga | We took a boat from Curu to first go snorling and then to Isal Tortuga for a few hours of sun, surf and explortation. The snorling was enought to help us understand why people go on vacations to do nothing else - very cool. We took videos with Liam's underwater camera, which don't translate well to a book... On Tortuga, we were treated to a lunch of tropical fruit washed down with coconut milk and then spent a couple of hours playing in the incredibly warm water.
10: Isla Tortuga
11: Lisa and Liam got surf lessons from Chris Mo'e from Hawaii. He made a trip back to stay and surf at his Shaka Beach Retreat pretty appealing! | Surfing Shaka
14: Montezuma | We drove across the Nicoya Peninsula from Mal Pais on dirt roads that went through deep vallies and over a mountain ridge. 4 wheel drive was a blessing. We had two missions - go to the Rainsong Wildlife Refuge to see and pet the wildlife of this part of Costa Rica, and to to experience the famous zip-line. .
16: The Ferry Party | Costa Rican "Pura Vida" - how to turn a 60 minute ferry into a dance party! | Paquera to Puntarenas