After the "English saddle" I looked forward to good, old-fashioned walking. The guide (from the lodge) will take you down the country roads into the cloud forest which is kind-of a jungle in the mountains. It's dark and ancient looking, ooooh... saw a coati and a quetzal on the way too.more
You could walk, the two Swiss guys did, but you shoulda seen the sunburn they got. No, I'm afraid you're gonna have to ride the horse, do you know the difference between an English saddle and an American saddle? Unfortunately, I do - talk about excruciating - somewhere down there is about a 2 centimeter area that doesn't hurt too bad - how many...more
Ok - This ROCKED. About 3-4 class Vs and a few more class IVs. Even one of my fellow travelers that is not a big water fan loved this. We were served a great lunch on the river. Definitely go with Roberto at Tico's River Outfitters. They had a guy come along with a camera in a kayak and we got awesome pics on CD (mailed to us later). Roberto is a...more
More than 345 birds have been seen within 2 miles of the lodge.Four main trails are on this ranch. They are well maintained and not difficult to walk. You will find shelters and benches along the way.The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable.My favorite humminbird was the tiny snowcap.I am sorry to say that I did not take this picture.more
En El Pueblo de Sitio de Mat, Turrialba, 83-6151, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
We had a very large bedroom with ensuite bathroom, writing desk, and clothes closet. Doors opened...more
Turrialba, Province of Cartago, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
All meals are served family style in the diningroom.
Food is good and plentiful ranging from Coata Rician to Mexician.
This is were we learned to use Lizano salsa.
It's a small town so don't expect anything spectacular but it can be fun sometimes at Charlie's Bar (inside little shopping center next to main red taxi terminal). Most people eventually gravitate to this place as the hours progress. Very casual dress, music varies, some good food options. It's small and sometimes can be quite hot so dress cool....more
It gets really cold at night. I guess if you're from Siberia you won't notice, but, for us it was cold. Couple that with the aforementioned "nothing to do" and sleeping is the most obvious option (well, maybe second most). Lots of blankets and you'll need that electric heater too. Blanketsmore
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A driver/guide will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the lodge. It saves you driving in San Jose traffic.
When it is time to go home he will take you back.
Luggage and bags:
Bring as little as possible. They do laundry here. Long pants and long sleeves are best.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Daytime temps usually in the 70's, nighttime usually in the 60's. Afternoon rain common.
Bring comfy walking shoes or boots. Rain poncho.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring what you will need there are no stores nearby. You will need a lot of mosquito repellent.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film or memory.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget to bring your binoculars or your bird books.. You will need them here.
If you only have time for visiting one vulcano choose Turrialba. The reasons? Here they are:1. Entrance to the National Park is (still) free2. You can walk around the caldera, directly at its edge through sulfur steams,... (not possible at Poas, Irazu)3. There are (up to now) only little tourists4. The way there may be a little bit bumpy (4WD...more
Costa Rica Rios runs full or half day rafting trips on the Pacuare River out of Turrialba. The group is owned by young Americans, one of which accompanied us on our full-day trip. All the staff were extremely friendly and energetic, and all spoke at least some English. The van ride to the start point was long, but enjoyable, as the owner answered questions and pointed out sights along the way. Once in the water, the scenery was breathtaking. There were plenty of opportunities to swim along the rafts during lazy portions of the river--depth around 4ft most of the time (suppose this changes depending on rainfall). We stopped at a small stream cascading over a rocky embankment and hiked up to a larger pool at the end of which was a large waterfall. We all tried, unsuccessfully, to swim up to the waterfall, but the flow was too strong to allow it. The rapids are a blast. No rafts flipped, but we did fall out occasionally. The guides are very professional and get you back into the raft in a jiffy. There is a safety kayaker following behind if you get separated from the raft. Costa Rica Rios keeps the number of rafts at a minimum to enhance safety. We did run into several other groups at different points with larger groups of rafts. I was happy to be with the smaller, more familiar group. Lunch was served on an upside-down raft and consisted of various freshly-cut fruits, sandwiches, guacamole (prepared on-the-spot) and chips, and homemade cookies for dessert. It was delicious. Pineapple has never tasted so good. The rest of the river yielded plenty of action and plenty of scenery. More waterfalls, indiginous villages, etc to be found. I've done a fair amount of rafting in Colorado on different stretches of the Arkansas, and it does not compare at all. If you're into rafting, this is a must-do!
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Fleece (or something that stays warm when wet)
Change of clothes
Waterproof Camera (buy in the states)