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Costa Rica 3 – Guanacaste. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, La Paz and Sonzapote and on to the border with Nicaragua.

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25th – 26th January 2014 – We continue north through the Guanacaste region to visit Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, one of the oldest and biggest parks in Costa Rica, which covers most of the Peninsula Santa Elena that juts out into the Pacific in the far northwest.  This peninsula protects the largest remaining stand of tropical, dry forest in Central…

The importance of preparedness

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Or the complete lack thereof…  We felt really quite proud of ourselves yesterday.  Not only did we stay up and enjoy every possible second of ‘nawlins the night before, we also managed to wake up when our alarm went off (despite only an hour and a half of sleep).  We managed to not leave anything in the room, to get…

Costa Rica 2 – The Central Valley and Highlands and north to the Guanacaste region.

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9th January – Leaving the hot and humid lowlands of the Pacific coast, we are suddenly climbing to over 3000m  amongst low cloud and misty rain.  It’s a drop of 20 or more degrees for us when we finally arrive at Paraiso Quetzal Lodge amongst the cloud forests of Parque Nacional Tapanti-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte…… the wettest park in…

Costa Rica 1 – Southern Costa Rica & Peninsula de Osa

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COSTA RICA 
 
Capital –  San Jose               Currency - Colones but US dollars also accepted.
Language – Spanish and English on the Caribbean coast
 
4th January 2014 – Our first impression of Costa Rica is of how green and tropical it appears with gardens full of vividly coloured flowers and many palm and…

Bordercrossing Nicaragua – Costa Rica with foreign car and a dog.

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This bordercrossing was the most confusing so far, especially on the Nicaraguan side. None of the buildings had any sign on it and there were lots of steps to follow, which you just sort of had to guess.
Nicaragua
Arriving at the border, we were stopped at a gate by a guy who gave us a form to fill out.…

Truck’s Feelings of Abandonment

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Well, I guess it’s time to dust off my fingers and return from my blogging hiatus as Sarah just informed me I have not written one since Mexico.  As most of you know, we have returned from our summer of work and easy living back home.  Upon arrival in San Jose, Sarah and I booked a stay for a few…

Schmugglin’ Schmucks

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We had twenty four hours to pack our bags, weigh them to make sure they didn’t exceed the airline weight limit, drop Brady off at Nate’s parents house to be “doggy sat” for the next two months and wake up at 2am for the drive to Boston to catch our flight back to Costa Rica.  Holy moly.  It seemed impossible….…

Picking Up Snowy in Costa Rica

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Okay guys, this post might be on the dull side (and lacking pictures) if you aren’t interested in the process of getting your car back in San Jose, Costa Rica. But by all means, read on if you’d like to hear about our super fun day of being sent on a wild goose chase.
This took us way too long.…

Costa Rica and Panama Cuteness – Lots of Pictures

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What does a juvenile sloth and a spider monkey have in common?  Irresistible cuteness.
We had the great fortune, to happen upon a young sloth while poking around the beaches and coves near Quepos, Costa Rica. A local was feeding it small leaves from the almond tree, so we followed along. If it hadn’t been for his unusually slow movements,…

Costa Rica to Panama Border Crossing – Small Misstep

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Border-crossing days are always a bit stressful. Crossing from Costa Rica to Panama was no different. It usually takes 1-3 hours to cross a border because we have to deal with getting ourselves and our vehicle out of one country and into a new country – passport stamps, vehicle permits, insurance, changing money, etc. Costa Rica to Panama was about…

Stray Dog Theater

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by Scott
During our second stay in Esterillos Oeste, we didn’t see Patty, the dog that broke our hearts during our first visit. While we were gone, her owner was deported, but she was adopted by a local gringo. Unfortunately, he doesn’t live by the beach, so that meant we had to go for runs and walks and find monkeys…

What are your thoughts! Costa Rica to close the zoos and free animals?

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We thought our readers would want to know what one beautiful Central American Country is planning on doing.  The news has been buzzing lately about Costa Rica’s plan to close their zoos and release all the animals into the wild. We’d love to hear your feedback. You can read more about this plan here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/08/04/costa-rica-zoos.html
Costa Rica is also one…

A Quickie Update From Costa Rica

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I guess we should never be surprised when we have vehicle problems, considering we drive on lots of pretty rough roads. Over the past couple of weeks Scott has had his nose under the hood and under the truck much more than normal. He recently replaced the fuel filter, air filter, and oil filter as part of his regular maintenance…

Instavan III

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Square moments from the past month…

Guns on display in San Jose, Costa Rica

Laundry day on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

The beautiful pool (and view) at Volcano Brewing Company on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Chicken salad with a side dish of begging

An amazing number of baggage handlers

At the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Crab hunting in Playa Soley in Costa…

Flying Home

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Our alarm went off at 2:30 am on the dot.  I was awake for a good hour before that because I couldn’t sleep.  My mind was racing, I couldn’t believe we were leaving our paradise and flying home.  We packed up our last minute things and moved our packs and the dog crate out to the parking lot of the…

Costa Rica : la Pura Vida !

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Costa Rica, pays tant attendu, nous voilà ! Embarquez donc, nous vous faisons une petite place parmi nous.
 
La frontière à peine passée, nous sommes étonnés par le changement de végétation. Nous passons du sec et aride au luxuriant avec même une petite pluie. Nous trouvons une petite finca (ferme) à juste une trentaine de km de la frontière. C’est la…

…and friends from home

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While Stephanie was in Chicago last week, my friend Patrick came to Costa Rica from San Francisco.
Milo was really confused. Did I replace Stephanie? Why didn’t this stranger let him ride in his usual seat, looking out the passenger window? He started liking Patrick by the end though.

Patrick is a really sporty guy, so I was fully prepared…

Out and about

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I made a last-minute trip to Illinois this past week. I flew (obviously), which was a very strange experience after so much driving. A year ago, we were also in Illinois, and to think that one is able to cover a distance in either one year or six hours is a fun little comparison. International airports basically feel like shopping…

Overland Discounts – San Isidro de Perez Zeledon – Costa Rica

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As we normally camp and there are no campsites in San Isidro we found a couple of hotels that would let us park and sleep in the car park in our Land Rover. Unfortunately the first one would give no good pricing.The second however gave Bikers (after a bit of negotiation) a non-aircon room a rate of $24usd and an…

Costa Rainy

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Beach volley ball gang

Backing up about two and a half months ago to the beautiful land of Nicaragua…

Giant’s Foot

After a round of Nicaraguas Flor de Cana shots with the Gigante family, it was finally time to put the slice of paradise we called home for almost three months, in the rear view window. As hard as it…

Co$ta Rica

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Costa Rica feels different than the rest of Central America. There is a lack of men with guns everywhere. You can pull a bag of ice out of a freezer (rather than having to wait for someone to unlock it). We refilled our propane at a gas station. After nine months, Costa Rica feels the most like the U.S. It’s…

A Whirlwind of “See you laters”

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A few weeks before our friend Sean came to Costa Rica, we made the decision to go home to visit family and friends and work for a bit. It made the most sense to do this from Costa Rica because you can park your vehicle in government bonded storage and have your vehicle import permit put on hold for a…

No Water for Whitey

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After taking the ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya, we headed South towards Dominical.  Both having been to this coastline before, we were stoked to check out some of the places we had stayed before.  However, when we arrived in Playa Hermosa, we found that the beach was all built up and the place we had stayed at didn’t exist…

Perfect Puppy Patty

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by Scott
We met Patty as we walked down the beach in Esterillos Oeste, Cost Rica. She was super sweet and followed us everywhere for the next few days. She’d try to come in the truck with us when we went to bed. She’d sleep under the truck so that she could greet us first thing in the morning. We’d…

Costa Rica

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Contrary to what we expected, the Costa Rican border was not especially easy. The lack of organization and haphazard placement of buildings made for our longest border crossing yet. Come on Costa Rica, get your act together!
As we worked our way south, through the upper half of Costa Rica, the verdant, green landscape took hold.  Everything is so green…

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

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Monteverde has lots to do and see, but is mainly known for it’s amazing cloudforests.  If you want to zipline over the cloudforest canopy, this is the place.  There are numerous adventure tours offering to take you zipling, tarzan swinging, bungee jumping, suspension bridge walking, etc.  We shacked up at Hotel Bellbird to treat ourselves to a nice comfy bed…

A Day in the Life of a Rubbertramp

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I learned the term “rubbertramp” in the movie Into the Wild.  Alexander Supertramp is considered a “leathertramp” because he travels by foot, while a couple he met along the way call themselves “rubbertramps” because they travel by car.  Whether traveling by foot, car, boat or plane, tramps find themselves stopping and staying wherever they choose for however long they want. …