Costa Rica: Going south … Rapido!

At 6:45 Peppi took the bus from San José to Puntarenas and at 9:30 he caught the ferry back to the peninsula Nicoya. Close at 11:00 Kali and Jules came along. It was a kind of exchange, because Jules took the 12:30 ferry. She had to fly back home in two days. Some time was left to drink a beer together, before we had so say goodbye. It was a pleasure to travel with our friend Jules from Austria.

Kali and Peppi continued and found after two little river crossings a great camp spot close to the Playa Coyote. The Hostel Alouatta is leaded by a young Dutch couple and we felt really comfortable there. We spent two days relaxing and going to the near beach. Also spider monkeys are around and from the distance you hear howler monkeys. The owner called the optician in Nicoya and they told him that the glasses of Kali are ready for pick up. So we left immediately to get there.

They made a mistake with one glass, because they inverted two values. Of course they accepted their fault and told us, it would be ready for pick up next afternoon. In the city Nicoya is not much to do and we had the whole day for free. So we decided to let wash our van, because it was muddy all over. This was the guy, who had seen our 508erin before he started.

The result was amazing. We couldn’t remember that we have a red van … 😉 The night we spent in a cheap, but really dirty and uncomfortable hotel in the city center. Next day we waited all the time and in the afternoon they promised that the glasses will be ready at 6:00 pm. It was a lie and the glasses are still in the headquarters in San José. We had already booked the shipment of our van back to Europe and we had to bring it to the port of Colón in Panama until the 8th of February.

We decided to pick up the glasses in San José the next day. We didn’t want to stay one another night in this hotel we’d been. It was already dark, when we went on to drive at least a few kilometers. At the beach in El Roble close to Puntarenas we found a surfer camp for staying at night. It was the mega moon night. So it was the brightest and biggest moon since the 80ies. Great experience to see this kind of moon at a clear night (in Costa Rica)!

At 5:15 surfers woke us up and there was no chance to sleep longer. We knew it will be a long day driving, so we left early in the morning. Traffic was easy and at late morning we had picked up the glasses in San José. That was the result of nine days waiting: Happy Kali! 😀

We continued on the road Panamericana south and climbed up the mountain to the fog forest Los Quetzales. From sea level in the morning up to about 3000 meters it took long time. It was foggy, rainy and pretty cold up there, but after the summit the weather changed and we could enjoy the awesome nature around.

It was already dark, when we arrived at a restaurant close to the border. They had a delicious pizza and allowed us to stay overnight at their guarded parking lot. Next morning we were ready to cross the border to Panama!

We really liked Costa Rica. The people are nice and familiar and the nature is awesome. Also the variety of animals is so amazing. It was a pity that we weren’t able to explore more of it, but we were a bit unlucky with the weather. This country is really worth it to come back one day again.

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