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Mar 4, 2016 - Day 14

The name Quepos was derived from the indigenous Quepoa who inhabited the area at the time of the Spanish conquest. The population was quickly decimated by newly European diseases. By the end of the 19th century, no pure-blooded Quepa were left. We did not have an early morning start yet we both woke up around 5 am. We were picked up at the hotel to go kayaking in the mangroves. We spent a couple of hours kayaking the inland waterways of the Damas Estuary and Mangrove habitat. The water was very warm and shallow due to the dry season, so we...

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Mar 3, 2016 - Day 13

We had a 6 hour bus trip from Monteverde to Quepos. As we travelled off the Tilaran Mountain Range towards the Pacific coast we could see the results of the dry season. There were no lush green forests. Instead, dry brown forests and fields. However, during this season there are some trees that have no leaves but are in full blossom. We saw the Pink Fig, Stink Tree (has red flowers that are good for iron), The Golden Shower tree from Peru and many more blooming. Very pretty and quite a contrast to the dull brown background. We eventually...

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Dec 31, 2015 - New Years Eve Costa Rica Style

Thursday morning, we checked out of the hotel. The front desk was nice enough to hold our stuff while we went on one more activity in Quepos. We drove down to the marina for sailing in a trimaran, similar to a catamaran but with three hulls. I wasn’t real excited about this as I'm not really into sailing, but Ro recommended it and the I wanted to spend time with the group on our last day. We arrived at the marina and checked in and then boarded the trimaran. They had delicious rum punch, along with water and soft drinks, to drink while we...

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Dec 29, 2015 - To the Beach

Tuesday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel and then packed up to leave. After two nights of poor sleep, I was ready to check out. A bus picked us up and we started making our way to the coast. Initially, we were on gravel roads and Ro had the driver stop at one point along Road 606 near San Luis with scenic views of the mountains around Monteverde. Monteverde means green mountain and the reason for the name was clear from this view point. After a couple pictures, we continued on, eventually reaching paved roads by the coast. It was...

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Jul 25, 2014 - God is good ALL the time

Today is Dia de Guanacaste- the day Costa Rica celebrates the annexation of the province of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824. There is dancing, parades and bullfights, especially in Guanacaste. We were fortunate enough to witness some of this as we drove from the north to the south. In the town of Nicoya, we stumbled upon the president of the Republic. How cool is that? Although we've done and seen a lot of great things, to be honest , this has been a really tough week for us. On Monday we lost a dear friend unexpectedly to an aggressive...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Quepos, Manuel Antonio

March 8 Navigating the mountain roads takes great courage. There is no shoulder. One side is the mountain and the other....a drop off. It's incredible how dry it is on the Pacific side after all the rain we'd suffered through the last couple of days. There's not much growing this time of year. After one stop to see some huge crocodiles in the river, another to watch some Scarlet Macaws, we arrived in the smelly town of Quepos. The hotel is nice with a beautiful pool on the roof. Within 15 minutes we'd all dropped off the bags, changed into...

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Sep 3, 2011 - dernier jour a Manuel Antonio

olala, viva la salsa y merenge, hier soir on est alle manger au Bambu Jam, a partir de 8h30 un band y jouait de la musique latino. au depart il n´y avait pas grand monde mais au fur et a mesure les gens sont arrives jusqu a ce que l endroit soit bondee. on n avait pas encore termine de manger que les gens etaient deja en train de danser ... Enfin un pays ou les gens dansent ensemble... il n a pas falu longtemps avant qu´un parfait inconnu vienne m´inviter pour danser la salsa ... euh, je lui ai quand meme dit que me no balar salsa mais ca...

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Sep 2, 2011 - petite escapade en catamaran ... que du bonheur

et voila je suis de nouveau ajour ... aujourd hui journee relax, on part a 5 faire un tour en catamaran, que du bonheur et quelle superbe vues. on s etait installes a l avant dans les filets et on n en a qusi pas bouges , c etait divin on est rentrees vers 13h et puis j ai encore passee 1 heure a la piscine de l hotel. ce soir on va dans un resto ou on dansera la salsa ... curieuse de voir ce que ca va donner ... demain deja le dernier jour avant le depart, le matin on va encore faire du ziplining et l apres midi sera plage avant de...

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Sep 1, 2011 - voyage de monteverde a Manuel Antonio

aujourd hui rien de special, on est parti vers 8h en bus vers Quepos ou on est arrivee vers 14h. juste a notre arrivee un terrible orage a eclate et il a plu toute l apres midi. on est allee en ville manger avec quelques uns puis relax a l hotel. le soir on est alle manger dans resto tres sympa, El Avion, in resto contruit autour d un ancien avion cargo, tres chouette et bien mange

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May 23, 2011 - Day 15

Spent until 3pm in Quepos before travelling back to San Jose. WE went to the public beach and i made the classic mistake of 'its not cloudy, i dont need suncream' i got v. burnt! swam in the sea and had lunch and then got back to the hotel before the downpour started. Travelled to San Jose and then had our last meal together in the same restaurant where we had our first. Most of us said our goodbyes, but those who were staying a bit longer went out on the town.

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May 22, 2011 - Day 14

We went to the manuel antonio reserve today - we got a bus there. The beaches are meant to be among the nicest in costa rica, and they were indeed lovely. we spent most of the day sunbathing and swimming in the sea, which was warm and calm. There were racoons and capuchin monkeys nearby (a monkey had stolen this guys sock, and they were fighting over it!) The park closed at 4pm so we left and had a look in the nearby shops. Had pizza for tea! woop woop. We also made lots on sangria which got us pretty drunk. Then we went out of the town,...

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May 21, 2011 - Day 13

Today we traveled to Quepos, a small coastal town on the Pacific coast. Our hotel was between Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve. Once we got settled in, Jody, Julie, Carmen and I went 'horse-riding' which turned out to be sat on a semi-wild horse as they were herded through the streets! We had no control of them at all- so we made it into an enlarged version of the amusements game - Jody won and it was very funny :) We paddled in a waterfall plunge pool midway through and the dinner included was rice and beans and chicken....

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