Day 283: So long Pura Vida

We’ve met many people and read about even more who shunned Costa Rica for being too touristy, too expensive, and for having too many annoying tour groups.  We certainly agree that there were many more irritating travelers than most of the other places we’ve visited, paying for all the expensive organized tours can add up…

Day 282: Some peace and quiet

At Playa Carrillo, we found a quiet, idyllic setting that is off the trodden tourist trails and free from the masses that we’ve encountered in Costa Rica. The small beach village is accessible through the larger, more popular, and almost as quiet town of Sámara that is just 7 kilometers away. The area is home…

Day 281: Walking in the clouds

  Sometimes the places we visit seem like they are straight out of a movie and we had the “soundstage” feeling during our trip to the Santa Elena Reserve.  Set in the middle of the cloud forest and run by the local community, the park has more than 12 kilometers of well laid out trails…

Day 279: Sloth sighting

We’ve had our eyes peeled on our hikes since we made it into “Sloth Country”, but our first encounter with the world’s slowest mammal was right outside of our hostel.  The famous three-toed creature had mounted an electrical pole and had just started to make his way across the lines.  We later learned that the…