Porto Viejo de Sarapiqui, which used to be the main coffee export port of Costa Rica in the 19th century, is a sleepy little town north of San Jose in the Caribbean lowlands. It is hot here, the real tropics. The great attraction of the place is a cruise by a tourist boat (lancha) on the Sarapiqui river. The cruise lasts for about an hour in a...more
Our day tour through www.centralamerica.com consisted of a visit to the Sarapiqui Regions of the country. Once we reached the Caribbean Plains, we stopped for a lunch break at Selva Verde Lodge. It is a beautiful lodge surrounded by tropical rainforest. After lunch, we walked the grounds and saw poison dart frogs and different types of lizards. We...more
We took a boat ride down the Sarapiqui River, which is located in a remote area near the Nicaraguan border. This is a relaxing way to see how locals live and have a chance to view Costa Rica's wildlife. We saw howler monkeys, crocodiles, bats, iguanas, and picturesque jungle homes. I wasn't able to take great pictures because we were moving along...more
For the river boat trip ask at your hotel. I can remember the company we got to take us. We were quite lucky - since it wasn't high season, there weren't many people there so we got the boat all to ourselves and the boy that was driving it, so we got some good talking and explanations!I think you have longer trips that'll take you all the way up to...more
A lovely relaxing few hours on the Rio Sarapiqui will show you lots and lots of great wildlife or a ride on the wildside by going on one of the white water rafting trips on a different section. This is a wonderful river to experience a rainforest from.Birds, monkeys (mostly howler), bats (look closely or you will miss them-guide will help you find...more
There are many tour companies that offer a visit to this lodge with lunch included. The property where this lodge is located is part of the tropical rainforest. There is a suspension bridge over the Sarapiqui river and you can have the opportunity to walk around the property. The hotel offers guided tours if you are staying at the facilities. It...more
My poor parents get dragged into something adventurous and dangerous again! (funnily enough, after this holiday they decided they would join us on more trips. Wonder why?)The four of us are kitted out in life jackets and given a safety briefing before we get in the inflatable raft. Floating down the river past thick rain forest with the sun beating...more
The air is a-flutter with little wings as beautifully coloured butterflies whizz past you on their way to another flower.From pupa to fully fledged, all the stages of the life of a butterfly can be seen here, and the large enclosure is full of many different species. The are accustomed to people and several landed on me while I was trying to...more
These frogs are incredibly small - only about 10-12mm long and therefore almost impossible to spot. The guide did remarkably well and we saw several specimens in the wild grounds of the lodge. Poison dart frogs are best known for the deadly poison some species produce in their skin glands. This poison is said to be 200 times more effective than...more
The lodge rents out bikes and you can choose the grade of difficulty you would like to cycle. We chose country tracks as we had my 75-year old mum and dad with us. It's probably only the second time the two of them have been on bikes in the last 20 years (and the previous time was our "fault" as well). Going down a particularly steep and rugged...more
Frente Plaza De Deportes, SARAPIQUI, Alajuela, 000
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Sueño Azul is something else... After crossing two very narrow bridges you find an open air...more
Another interesting place to stay is La Selva - we actually tried to stay there first, but it was...more
My lunch here was excellent. I enjoyed a heart of palm salad, gallo pinto (rice and beans) and a egg/spinach/mushroom dish. with delicious corn tortillas and a chyote vegetable dish on the side. It was not a vegertarian buffet, but I am vegetarian so that is what I ate there for my meal. For dessert they had a custard-flan-like dish that I did not try. Bon appetite. I do not know what the cost is. I payed for it as part of a tour trip, I think the lodge might be an all-inclusive type facility. I got to dine with people who can afford to stay here. It was nice to able to visit a facility that I could not otherwise afford.
It is a very small town, but has all the obligatory: the school, the church, the soccer field and the kids playing during the weekend!