Costa Rica or Disney World?
28 January 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Monique & Tom
It's been a while since we have updated. Cammi, our 11-year-old daughter is a better scribe than us (her blog link is on our homepage). But, we have a really good excuse...COSTA RICA. On this sailing adventure, we take others suggestions and wisdom to heart. This time we followed some cruisers' suggestions and threw together a quick itinerary and flew up to visit Costa Rica before we transited the Panama Canal, bound for the Pacific. Our canal transit is scheduled for Thursday evening. We lock up to Gatun Lake on Jan 29th with the remaining Pacific locks happening on Friday morning. If you want to follow along, you can watch live video at http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html
Disney World is a wonderfully hospitable and entertaining theme park in Florida. Costa Rica, as a country, IS Disney World. We loved it. CR was the most active and delicious vacation we have ever taken. Courtesy and warmth towards tourists is immediately felt in the airport and is continued at ever level of service. After layering on every piece of clothing we had, we hopped in the transfer bus, which was on-time, like every transfer we encountered, and arrived at Selvatura Nature Park. Zip-lining was first, followed by hummingbirds, a terrific reptile exhibit, delicious hot lunch (keyword: hot) and finally a trek on the suspension bridges. We enjoyed it all, but the ziplines were our favorite. They were about 750 meters long and included a daring Tarzan swing over mountains of jungle at an altitude of 6000 feet. Next day we went 4 wheeling from Monteverde to La Fortuna, around the mountains and coffee plantations, ending with a trip across a lake on a boat. River boating through the Cano Negro natural preserve with our encyclopedic guide, Leonardo, was filled with wildlife. He took us over the border, into Nicaragua. We saw so many animals, but the most unique was a pink spoonbill. Next day we were greeted by Leonardo again for a hike on the volcano, and yes, it did a rare thing and erupted grey hot smoke and boulders while we were standing at the base. The natural hot springs were so picturesque and relaxing. We closed up the week with a "mellow" canyoning and rappelling day-trip down waterfalls and off 150 foot cliffs. WHEW! Wild huh?? It was so MUCH fun. Looking for adventure, hospitality, cuisine and "pura vida"? You'll find it all in CR aka Nirvana. All the photos are up at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/index.php?show=gallery&aid=4613