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// MARCH 2016
We feel blessed
Havana
Panama City
Managua
Granada
Leon
Managua
Cartago
Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel
El Castillo
San Jose
Mexico City
Visitor Centre Miraflores
Panama City
Laguna d' Apoyo
San Jorge
Ometepe Island
San Jorge
Matagalpa
San Jose
Tarcoles
Atenas
Poás Volcano N.P.
Los Chiles
Tilaran

San Jose


27nth of March 2016
Sky tram… amazing view!!!

After having slept wonderfully in the tropical forest, with the soothing sound of the rain that was falling all night long lulling us, we woke up under the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. We walked till the station of the sky tram so as to do at least this activity, within the time that we had at our disposal. So we climbed along with a group which was going to do zipline. They were students who were having holidays in Costa Rica and were accompanied by their teachers.
 

 

We enjoyed the climbing, the beautiful views, we saw their first “flights” and then we climbed down, so as to take our car and drive along the lakeside route to Tilaran.

On the way, we stopped by a German bakery and bought croissants with cream and raisins. That was a bad habit which we got used to, during our journeys to Europe. So, whenever we see a bakery shop we have to stop…

 


A crash test for our patience!!!

25 km, approximately, after Tiralan, we took the motorway 1 and then suddenly, out of the blue, the greenery gave its place to a completely dry landscape. Moreover, the temperature climbed up from 20 degrees of the Celsius Climax to 30 degrees. 



That abrupt change was not the only one we experienced. The temperature kept rising and falling during the whole day, within a rage of 10 degrees (28-38).
During a route of 200km till San Jose, our patience was tested the hard way, due to the “driving skills” and the driving attitude of the Costa Ricans.
I will just say one thing and I guess it will describe it all: The cars are too many in relation with the very few and narrow roads and I am afraid that at some point the whole country will be transformed to an endless and hopeless traffic jam.

Eventually, we managed to arrive, early in the afternoon, at our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express
Later on we returned the Easy Car’s rental car to Adobe’s offices.
We prepared our suitcases and then we slept early, in order to wake up before dawn, so as to be able to catch our flight to Mexico City.
 

Review of the journey:

We saw very few things of a country that has lots to offer.
Costa Rica is a wealthy place… Its geographical contrasts are profound- jungle with dense vegetation, active volcanoes and unspoiled beaches.

It is very rich in natural beauty with all its tropical forests, with its high mountains, its rare species of fauna and its 32 big parks, which cover the ¼ of its extent and have been declared protected. Costa Rica is also rich in tropical beaches, like the bay of Papagayo and the white sanded beaches of Playa Tambor and Puntaneras.

So, our list with to Dos is still unfinished. There are amazing places which we must definitely visit:  

Tortuguero National Park (in the Limon Province)
Puerto Limón and Puerto Viejo at the Caribbean Coast
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park (at the Pacific Coast) and Tamarindo and Puerto Jimenez too (also at the Pacific Coast).


 

Country: Panama
Date: 2016
Route: Panama - Nicaragua - Costarica
Cities: Havana, Panama City, Managua, Granada, Leon, Managua, Cartago, Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel, El Castillo, San Jose, Mexico City, Thessaloniki
Duration: 10
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Country: Panama
Date: 2016
Route: Panama - Nicaragua - Costarica
Cities: Havana, Panama City, Managua, Granada, Leon, Managua, Cartago, Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel, El Castillo, San Jose, Mexico City, Thessaloniki
Duration: 10
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Country: Panama
Date: 2016
Route: Panama - Nicaragua - Costarica
Cities: Havana, Panama City, Managua, Granada, Leon, Managua, Cartago, Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel, El Castillo, San Jose, Mexico City, Thessaloniki
Duration: 10 days
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Population: 4.032.135
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