09 January 2013
We left early in the morning as our friend needed to seek medical attention to make sure all was OK, as soon as we arrived at the Costa Rica Yacht Club, the manager took them to the hospital. Good News, they gave him antibiotics and all is well. We spent the next few days here, we explored the town and took a tour to some local historical towns.
The anchorage is in the estaury and it is not very clean water and also the depths are not good. We had them move us to a deeper spot and even then we touched bottom. The staff at the Yacht club are excellent, very helpful. They arranged for Dimas to come to meet with us so that we could arrange out tour. We had an excellent tour guide, very knowledgable.
Russ, Doreen, Ken and Carole travelled by van through Esperza where stopped to see the church in the square. Once we were in the square, we saw some of the school children dressed in the native attire, they were going to be dancing later on. We are sorry we missed that part. We were looking at the masks that they wear for a special celebration and tried them on (pics to follow). The also offered us bananas free of charge....wonderful people.
Next it was a visit to a coffee finca - Ispiritu Santos. The tour was great, the guide took us through the whole process from start to finish including having us pick some of the coffee cherries. He showed us a Trumpet Tree, this is one tree you will want to stay away from, it is full of ants. They hide inside and as soon as you touch the tree they come out in full force....yuck. We bought some chocolate covered coffee beans in the store. Definately a good place to visit.
On the way to Sachi, we stopped to look at a cork tree, this is the first one that we have seen, they are very interesting the way the bark peels off. Once in Sachi we went to a Artisan place, they had a water driven mill there that ran 5 different saws, they also had artists that painted trays, cups, etc and of course a store where you could buy some of the items. It was a great little place and needless to say we bought some items there.
We almost forgot we also visited a butterfly garden along the way, saw 2 types of butterflies but we cannot remember the names.
On the way back to the yacht club we stopped at a local farmers market and our tour guide came through with us, we got some great deals on very nice fruit and veggies and they were not expensive at all. All in All is was a great day!
The next day we went into town to a Claro Store and bought a new internet stick and sim card. The good news is that it is illegal for them to sell locked sticks, phones, etc in Costa Rica so we now have an unlocked internet stick and time will tell how good the service is. The Kolbi sim card we bought for the Ipad does not work well at all. We also provisioned ready for our departure tomorrow Jan 12th.
When we left Puntarenas on the 12th we headed over to Isla Jesusita for an overnight stay as we had to leave Puntarenas on high tide which was 3:20pm so we could not go far before dark.