Puntarenas / Pu(n)tarenas

02.02.2018 – 05.02.2018

I arrived in my AirBnb in Puntarenas around 13:30, about 4 hours and 30 minutes after I left Tambor. The buses in Puntarenas were around 300 and 350 colones. After some things I had to do I was finally relieved and could enjoy again. I have met Jorge, Wilson and Jose, some awesome guys. Unfortunately I could not party hard with them, I was still taking care of my stomach. Anyway we had fun. Share some Swiss chocolate together, had an awesome Churchill (fruit salad with condensed milk and even more ingredients.

On an evening we enjoyed a football match Puntarenas vs Curridabat (azul from San Jose).

On my second last day I lost my glasses, shame on me. Right now I am running on my emergency lenses until my new glasses arrive.

On the 5th February I took a bus to Liberia fro crossing the boarder next day. I waited at the famous bus station (see google map link) a little bit outside of Puntarenas. You can take a local bus from Puntarenas to Barranca and tell the bus driver you want to go to El Cruce (https://goo.gl/maps/4M2j8ECWrUt) for taking a bus to Liberia. The bus arrived around 13:00 or 13:30 and finally I boarded the bus and paid 2875 colones. After a bus ride of 2h and 30 minutes or a little more, I finally arrived in Liberia.

Recommendations:

  • Enjoy the beach in Puntarenas
  • Watch a football match and enjoy the emotions
  • Try a Churchill!
  • Spend a night at Roxana’s AirBnb

 

 

Tambor | Costa Rica

29.01.2018 – 02.02.2018

After a long journey from San José (bus, ferry and bus again), I arrived in Tambor. It is a really small lovely town. That day I met my Mother (jippy) in her Hotel like 45 minutes walk from my hotel. The walk was mostly along the beach. The tides were really strong there. Here are some pictures for comparison.

The time flew by at this wonderful beach.

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Another day we did a day trip to Montezuma, where we enjoyed the waterfall and some lovely dishes. We tried to take the autobus during the time we waited no bus crossed our view. But in the mean time I tried to hitch hike and it worked after 30-40 minutes. A lovely woman from USA, who lives now in Santa Teresa, gave us a lift to Cobano. In Cobano we took a bus another to Montezuma (350 colones). The woman gave us also really awesome information about a nice walk to the waterfalls.

Arrived in Montezuma we enjoyed some drinks in the beach bar & restaurant (https://goo.gl/maps/zN3TfavPReC2) and finally we headed to the waterfalls. But before that, we needed some energy and therefore we went to El Mariposario Montezuma Gardens for some food. Food was amazing but quite expensive and small portions!

The woman from the car also explained that there would be a suspension bridge to the waterfall for the ones that are not able to “climb” and hike. Anyway we tried our best. Our way, which we took was quite tough. Also there were some passages where you had to climb and use some ropes as a help. So the waterfall hike is no for fearful or immovable people. Our path started from this hotel and is not the official path J https://goo.gl/maps/CKcLcYzg3P72 on maps me you can see the path to the waterfall (disclaimer). The hike was awesome but unfortunately my mother could not do the hard part so she had to walk the same way back.

Anyway the secret past is at the end of the street. See picture below:

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Anyway the waterfall and the hike was awesome, also the small “climbing” passages were awesome.

Around 16:15 we had to take the last bus back to Cobano and then to Tambor (900 colones).

Here some other impressions of Tambor. Airport and night time:

Due to some reasons I left Tambor earlier and went to Puntarenas. The bus from Tambor until the ferry station was around 2900 colones and the ferry was an additionally 810 the whole journey took like from 9:00 to 13:00.

Anyway thank you Mom for everything!!! It was fun to see you!

Recommendations:

  • Montezuma
  • Montezuma Waterfalls
  • Montezuma Bar & Restaurant
  • Tambor Beach

San José

26.01.2018 – 29.01.2018

To be honest I did not do a lot of sightseeing in San Jose. I had a small walk around in the centre but that was it. But I tell you what I know. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are open bar on Calle 21 (near Caccio’s bar or Area City). So if you want a cold beer and party with locals go there on the indicated days.

My absolutely favorite restaurant was near my hostel (TripOn Open House) and is called Mantras Café. It is a vegetarian and also some vegan place. The dishes I ate there were amazing and worth the money! https://goo.gl/maps/8gp7HHzvRbm

I left San Jose by Bus to Tambor (15.90$). I think you can have it cheaper but I booked it like 2 months in advance due to an important date. (https://www.laterminalcostarica.com/)

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