San Jose, Costa Rica

Our last full day in Costa Rica. Tomorrow we fly to Houston and then to San Francisco. Today we checked out the Costa Rica Jade Museum. It’s a five story relatively new building and very interesting.

Our last dinner of the trip was at La Diez Parilla Argentina, quite near our hotel. My steak was tender and tasty and the service was great. They told us they had only been open four months.

Cachi

This morning Duke and I hiked up the trail that we scoped out yesterday. It starts just above where we are staying and goes up, up, up. It was only about a mile total and 500 feet elevation gain but it felt pretty steep. The humidity is so high here that my glasses fog up when we hike and sweat immediately starts running off my body.

The rest of the day we just took it easy and enjoyed this peaceful spot.

Puerto Viejo to Cachi

La Costa de Pepito where we stayed in Puerto Viejo the last two night was wonderful. I especially liked how our bungalow was open air and very much one with the tropical environment. The whole time we were there we would occasionally hear a strange very load noise that I can only describe as the sound of an unhappy donkey braying. This morning before we left I asked what that noise was. They said it was howler monkeys!!

Today we retraced our steps back towards San Jose where we will turn our car in on Sunday morning.

We are staying at a beautiful spot in the mountains near Cachi, Hotel Quelitales. It feels very remote although it is less than thirty miles from San Jose. After we got here we checked out the waterfall and the hiking trail.

Our bungalow is very comfortable and modern.

Our dinner tonight st the hotel was one of the best we have had on the entire trip.

Cahuita to Puerto Viejo

This morning before we left Cahuita we went for a walk in the National Park. We walked down the beach.

Then we walked back through the forest on a path that parallels the beach.

Tonight we are in Puerta Viejo just a few miles south of where we were last night. The place we are staying is called La Costa de Pepito. We have our own bungalow surrounded by trees. It feels very private. There is no air conditioning but there are lots of fans and for the first time on this trip we have mosquito nets. It was lovely to sit on the porch and relax and read this afternoon.

For dinner we had great seafood. Duke had a whole red snapper.