Costa Rica – Quick Crazy Travel Ur Dreams
Quick Crazy moments in time in Costa Rica
Imperial… La Cerveza de Costa Rica. Enjoying a cold refreshing beer near our camp for the night just south of Arenal National Park. It’s a windy and cool day but the beer was quite a treat after a long day of exploring. Pura Vida & Cool Life…
Hummingbird feeder at the Selvatura Park north of Monteverde Costa Rica. We had a great fresh hot soup for lunch using our new pressure cooker. It warmed us up after a chilly and damp mountain hike.
Small glimpse at Eldo Life… driving through beautiful and interesting places to find even more beautiful and interesting places. Some fresh local veggies fueling us up for what awaits around the next corner or over the next hill. Cool Life!
Freshly back from our Christmas break in the USA with about 50 pounds of supplies. We followed the iOverlander App north from San Jose between the Poas and Cordillera Volcano Reserves and wound up on the river in La Virgen. Selva Whitewater Outfitters offered camping in their garden area. Well, actually, there was no no signage and no garden. The outfitters was a small house with a long narrow dirt driveway. We met up with the local spanish speaking caretaker who let us camp in the yard for $5 night. There were bathrooms and a cold water shower. We pulled Eldo under a roof overhang when the rain started and made our first pressure cooker meal that night.
The mangos are rolling after a great night boondocking in La Virgen Costa Rica. The fresh fruit and veggies in Costa Rica were a welcome treat and nourishing fuel for another day on the steep and winding mountain roads. Utilizing the iOverlander app has worked well for us when it’s time to find safe affordable and often free places to camp for a night.
The Laguna de Arenal was tripled in size in 1979 due to construction of a dam. Wildlife abounds here with jaguars, tapirs, and quetzal. The dam provides hydroelectric while these turbines provide wind power. It is understandable to see why as it is very windy here. Poor Eldo was getting blown all over the road.
If Imperial can be considered the national beer of Costa Rica, then Lizano must be considered the national Salsa. Eldo eats it on EVERYTHING and is sad when there is none left. Thanks to our family at Nena Lodge Tours in Nicaragua for supplying us with several days worth of amazing Gallo Pinto to put our Lizano on.
Following Misha’s hand drawn map in search of a remote hilltop overlook near Playa Coyote Costa Rica. Pretty girls and howler monkeys make this hike quite pleasant. The shade was appreciated too! Our stay at Hostel Aloutta was one of the highlights of overlanding Costa Rica. Their beautiful grounds and luxurious amenities made our time here so relaxing. We highly recommend staying here. www.travelurdreams.com alouatta.org
Misha, our host at Hostel Alouatta, located in San Francisco de Coyote, drew us a map to find this remote hilltop overlook. To the left is the always spectacular Pacific Ocean. To the right is Playa Coyote and the shortcut inlet that floods during high tide. www.travelurdreams.com alouatta.org
Just a few days before Christmas. We enjoyed a walking the streets of San Jose, through the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, and the pedestrian street near Plaza de la Cultura. Back at our home for the night overlooking the the Costa Rica National Stadium and the same city streets we just explored. Cool Life.
Howler Monkeys and a flock of parrots greeted us at daybreak. Probably a dozen parrots flew in and out of the tree. Most of them were in pairs with their mates. Rarely did we see a single parrot flying alone the entire drive through Costa Rica.
Sunrise with the howler monkeys and parrots. Only thing missing is a good cup of coffee..
The iOverlander app is a valuable travel tool. Imagine finding a beachfront campground complete with toilets, showers, kitchen, and wifi for $10 a night.
Waking up in the back of Eldo, looking out the hatchback window. Paid $10 night to sleep here and use the bathrooms, showers, kitchen, and wifi. Came for a night, and stayed for 4. Our $40 oceanfront home…..
Asked the guy with the vegetable truck where we could buy some fresh fish. He gave us directions to this working man’s fishing pier. The small covered structure was full with buckets of the just unloaded catches. It reeked wonderfully of fish and the sea.
Proof that lack of planning pays off. No plans, no destination, no idea where to sleep tonight. An unmarked turn off from the road to Montezuma ends here. No people in sight, cool sea breeze at bedtime, and no reservations needed.
Hey, when you drive by the most “Exceptional” tree of 2009, you stop! This is El Higueron de Cabuya. It’s right on the side of the dusty road from Cabuya to Montezuma. Eldo was honored to rest in the shade of this famous tree while we strained our necks looking up.
Appropriately, as we drive from the laid back Alouatta Hostel to boondock along the Nicoya Peninsula, these howlers (genus: Alouatta) greeted us when we stopped for a quick “break”, that turned into a long break. The drive through the Central American forests are always more special when the monkeys are around. They will be missed like old friends as we travel on…
When you sleep next to the coop, you should expect the chickens to visit for breakfast. A palm full of crumbs from the pan fried toast is the price you pay for such friendly company. They repaid the snack by keeping our little camp area picked clean of ground bugs.
It’s wise to stop and evaluate bridge integrity AND potential oncoming traffic. Often there is a sign indicating which side yields right of way and just as often there is not. Enter, haul butt, and cross at your own risk.
Walking back from Playa de Coyote and a cool hillside overlook. Just around the corner from a the grove of trees where a family of howler monkeys lives, we ran into these friendly cows who curiously checked us out. While the completely disinterested horse butt shot us the entire time.
South of Quepos and Manuel Antonio, on Highway 34, there is a small easy to miss billboard for Tropical Wings Restaurant and Bar. There were no directions, so we looked it up on google maps and added it as a stop. A few miles ahead, just before the police check point, Google Girl told us to make a left onto Highway 243. Minutes later we were parking under a large airplane. It was hot, humid, and no clouds blocked the sun. We climbed the ramp into the plane with sweat soaked shirts stuck to our backs. Glorious cold conditioned air welcomed us inside of this hip stylish bar and lounge. Romantic latin music blasted through a pa system, a pretty bartender smiled at us. How about that, sitting in an old plane, somewhere in the southern jungles of Costa Rica enjoying the coldest air conditioning of all time. Cheers!
Head to the mountains to escape the heat. Head to the beach to escape the intense wind. A couple days here and a couple days there. Up and down the crooked mountain roads until the flat dirt gives way to ocean. Eldo, parked on a hillside on the way down, still rocking in the intense winds. Hair all messy, skin a little dry and windburned. Soon to shed the hooded sweatshirts and back into shorts and bathing suits. That is, until a couple days of heat and bugs sends us in search of new and higher elevation.
The Nicoya Peninsula beaches are dotted with rock outcrops. Some rise tall and sharp while others stretch lengthwise out into the breaking surf. As the tide rises, the waves break closer to shore and the small pools fill quickly. It’s not long before the water is so high that these small pools disappear entirely and become one with the ocean.
Not all roads lead to the beach. Tonight, that bumpy, dusty, spring rattling road paid off at it’s terminus. Tucked back in the monkey filled palms there is a shady camp spot to back into. Steps away, the surf breaks over large rocks and tidal pools fill and drain with that cool looking blue green pacific water. Still spitting dust from our mouths from the drive, the day rewards us for our effort as the sun sets westward. The blue green sky and water turn pink. The edge of the clouds sharpen as the light fades. Waves crash, wind blows, we hold hands, and the birds make one last song for the day.
The fast road from Playa Coyote to Malpais is a not so speedy one lane dirty, dusty, gravely, washed out obstacle course. Eldo creaked and groaned, splashed and climbed until we finally arrived at a hidden beach of tidal pools and palm trees.
The path behind obscured by clouds, the path ahead is ours to choose…. Somewhere in Costa Rica…
Eldo, parked on the edge of the earth, looking out to the sea…somewhere in Costa Rica…
Rain or shine, all things beautiful point to Eldo…. home for the night in a cloud forest, somewhere in Costa Rica…