As common, whilst making plans a journey, I visit diverse websites attempting to find clues, opinions, bargain lodging, sports and cash change prices. You may additionally want to observe that Costa Rica uses colonies as the medium of exchange but additionally take delivery of US greenbacks in maximum places. Generally talking, 1,000 colonies are same to two US bucks, so whilst calculating colonies simply flow the decimal over (to the left) 3 places and multiply by way of to get the United States greenback equivalent.
So with the assistance of my son Omar, who would also be joining me on this journey to Costa Rica, we commenced our studies checking Frommers.Com, TripAdvisor.Com, Hostels.Com, GoVisitCostaRica.Com, Google Maps, and other websites to get somewhat acquainted with that a part of the sector.
There had been no flights available to the San Jose airport, so we decided to fly Delta to the Liberia Airport (LIR). Liberia is located in the Guanacaste Province that’s positioned in the Northeastern part of Costa Rica. This isn’t always a terrible alternative for all of us who wants to see the use of an inside the maximum cost powerful manner, that’s my way of the bus. We took a taxi from the airport and checked in the Boyeros Hotel in downtown Liberia. The taxi charge was $15.00 for me and my son. There is but, a fair inexpensive way to get to the center of Liberia. You can take a taxi out to the main avenue for about $four.00 and take the nearby bus for best 50 cents. That is how we back to the airport on our departure day.
The Boyeros turned into a pleasant motel with a 24-hour restaurant and two swimming pools (one grownup and one child pool with a little waterfall). They also had double beds, cable TV, and warm water. The body of workers does now not speak much English so brush up for your Spanish before your ride. Many small inns and hostels do now not have warm water so constantly test your room and switch on the water earlier than payment is given specifically in case your tour without making increase reservations like we did. They are also readily positioned on the bus line and across the corner from the bus station.
The cost of the room became $60.00 according to night, which becomes over our inn budget of $40.00 consistent with night, but the warm water and the quality pool became a very good alternate off. We spent the day at the pool, getting adjusted and making plans our subsequent circulate. We did not devour at their restaurant however as a substitute walked across the street to a meals mall which housed Burger King and some different speedy meals eating places. It was full of locals and some vacationers. After ingesting we stocked up on water and headed back to the motel. My son Omar crashed out and I stayed up and were given handled to a Pacquiao vs. Margarito combat on HBO. Pacquiao turned into effective however I nevertheless suppose that Floyd Mayweather might win in the event that they ever meet.
We got up early at about four:30 AM to make our six and a 1/2 hour experience to the Manuel Antonio National Park, which changed into one of the places that showed up on many websites and was a “have to see” type of place. I paid $12.00 for us to go to Barranca, which turned into approximately an hour and a half away. For $1.00, we took the neighborhood bus to the Puntarenas Bus Station. You have to purchase a bus ticket at the sales space across the nook from in which the buses line up. The bus to Manuel Antonio price $15.00 and become some other two-hour trip. We actually were able to take inside the lovely scenery of the united states of America as we rode the toll road in this cozy bus.
We arrived about eleven:00 AM in Quepos and determined to discover a lodge there instead of driving to Manuel Antonio which turned into handiest a short 30-minute experience away. We walked about blocks and found the Park Hotel or Hotel Parque which became located on the 2d ground over the Drage Pharmacy. It was very quaint with handiest cold water and no air con, however, it did have cable TV and a ceiling fan and handiest cost $20.00 for the room that we decided on with two twin beds. We checked in and dropped our luggage and scurried returned to the bus station to hold our adventure to the Manuel Antonio National Park. There is a $10.00 access price for adults and it turned into free for my son who is 11 years of age. You need to walk approximately a mile on a gravel and dirt street before attaining the beach. We did not see any flora and fauna along the way because it becomes promoted in their literature and on a few websites. The walk changed into a bit grueling in the heat and with our backpacks however the beach was beautiful and the water become great.
The next morning we were given up early and checked out of the inn. We carried our baggage with us to the tour pick out up location in Manuel Antonio because we were going to get a bus to San Jose right after the safari excursion. We should are becoming picked up on the inn however after I signed up for the tour the day before today, I did no longer realize the exact name or location of the hotel so that you could keep away from confusion, I said we might simply come to the ticket sales space area. Little did I understand that the mini-tour bus could come to be taking us proper lower back to Quepos to an eating place less than a half of block from the inn to have lunch, which turned into blanketed inside the $ sixty-five .00 in step with head ticket charge of the excursion. The food became correct and blanketed rice and beans, salad and a preference of fish or chook. The tour drivers appeared confused and now not very organized. They stated it changed into a 4-hour excursion but ended up being about 2 hours. We ultimately arrived at Damas Island to board the boat about 2 hours after we have been picked up. The river vicinity turned into desolate to mention the least.
We saw monkeys right along the bush vicinity near the dock. We additionally noticed a few birds in that immediate location but deeper into the experience we saw much less and less. No crocodile as promised upon signing up. We did see a curled up snake that appeared to be dozing on a tree department. One lady on the excursion, from San Francisco, CA stated she had taken the excursion approximately 20 years ago and the same place became full of colorful birds swooping down and flying round in every route. The tour guide who appeared to be in his twenties, couldn’t offer a purpose. My inspiration is to skip this tour or find an enterprise that gives it for about $40.00. That what’s appears to be well worth. You also can trip over to Damas and you may simply be able to see the monkeys hanging around the docking place. If there’s a next time, we would likely opt for a trip to a zoo or a reserve like Africa Mia that is positioned in the El Salto area of Liberia. You can test their website to order space.
We hustled back from the excursion and around 5:00 pm we boarded the bus to San Jose. We got there around 8:30 PM and was fortunate to get assistance from two younger women who were on the bus who provided a few data about the bus station vicinity crime. They translated our selected hostel to the taxi driver, who spoke very little English.