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The Butterfly Effect

Posted by Susanna On January - 30 - 2011

After a long exhausting day I arrived yesterday in San José the capital of Costa Rica. I just wanted to spend one day over here but since it is weekend many things were closed. On my search for an ATM machine I met two American men who had stayed here for longer. We started chatting and since I was on the way to the butterfly place (As you might guess – I love butterflies.) they joined me. The Spirogyra Butterfly Garden is worth a visit. All over you can see the most beautiful insects flying around… After the visit we all went to a very great dinner. Thanks Rick for the invitation!

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden

San José impressions

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Finding the waterfall…

Posted by Susanna On January - 28 - 2011

My last day in the jungle. I decided to look for the waterfall again. Giving it a second chance. So I hiked up again for hours. Enjoying the beauty of pristine unspoiled rain forest with all it amazing creature. Finally I came to the river again and this time I followed the river which was quite difficult with my equipment. Then there it was – the waterfall. A real jungle waterfall. Crystal clear and refreshing. I had a dip with my feet then I made my way back so I would arrive before darkness at the lodge.

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Jungle ride

Posted by Susanna On January - 27 - 2011

After one day back in Puerto Jiminez my new friends left yesterday and I had come back to the jungle. I had organized a horseback ride today. What the great thing about it was is that I could go by myself without guides for just US$5 an hour! I was so happy since I love to do things on my own sometimes. Horse rides with guides are usually boring since one is not allowed to do things different than the guide wants and also the horses are mostly spoiled. My horse this time was perfect! We were enjoying a ride for three hours! I went first up into the rain forest observing tucans and macaws. Suddenly I was witnessing a cow giving birth – great! Everywhere blue morpho butterflies danced in the twilight and I heard exotic noises. I went up to a hill and could even see the ocean. Partly my horse and I were followed by a younger horse what was quite amusing. Ohhh I enjoyed these hours. When I came back down to give back my horse I realized I had 30min more so I decided to go a bit faster in a different direction. And what a surprise – this horse was not at all tired! It was running as no other horse I ever rented did. Amazing. So far that was my best horseback ride while traveling!

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Chilling…

Posted by Susanna On January - 25 - 2011

Just some chilling in Puerto Jiminez. My friends left today and before that we just checked out the beach for a quick cool down and swim.

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What waterfall?

Posted by Susanna On January - 24 - 2011

Today I got up very early in the morning since my friend Ruth and I wanted to do a quick hike to the waterfall. We did and saw numerous bird, macaws and frogs. Even a few snakes. But when we reached the river we could not find any waterfall. So Disappointing! But when we came back to the lodge people told us where the actual waterfall was. So we basically missed it!! Too funny. We left around noon back to Puerto Jiminez. While we made it to the pickup van right in time (Even though one of the new friends had some issues – that is what happens when you travel with more than yourself.) we waited for ages for the bus… Public transport is just not that reliable here than in Europe!

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Costa Rica Jungle

Posted by Susanna On January - 23 - 2011

Like one of my friends Greg said there is a kind of simple lodge in the jungle on the border to Corcovado National park. I and him and two other new friends went there today to check it out. It is difficult to reach since you normally first take a bus then wait (sometimes for hours) for a pickup van and then you hike up to the lodge for about 30min. So I took only a few things and my camera equipment with me. The hike was tiring but the jungle amazing. Blue morpho butterflies and various birds and macaws flew around. After choosing our beds we decided to hike to the view point where we had a great view over the forest up to the sea.

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The Boquete hot springs

Posted by Susanna On January - 20 - 2011

People say there are great hot springs around Boquete. A few guests of the Bambu hostel in David decided to go so I thought I might as well. But only 30min later I regret… It is difficult to reach them… After the bus drops you of somewhere in nowhere you have to walk for hours or hope you find someone who takes you hitchhiking. Since we were four of us it seemed a mission and halfway I almost gave up. Finally we got to a simple field in the forest with some springs owned by a family. They took US$5 and then you could enter. I already saw some horses and ask if they rent them for my way back. Yes they did and so at least on my way back I could enjoy riding a horse. The hot springs were great and actually helped my skin disease on my legs I still got from the amazon.

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Boquete Flower Show

Posted by Susanna On January - 18 - 2011

Leaving Isla Parida feels like awaking of the best dream you ever had! It was such an amazing time so even the Flower and Coffee Show in Boquete can not top that. The show happens once a year in the beginning of January. It is mainly about flowers since I haven’t seen any coffee. But very pretty flowers. It is interesting if you in that area but not as exiting as I would have expected… For the Panamanian people mostly the fiesta at night is the big happening.

Orchids

Cactus

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Leaving paradise

Posted by Susanna On January - 17 - 2011

Is it possible to live after being in such an amazing place? I guess. But Isla Parida is probably one of the most beautiful islands… Just a few impressions before leaving around 7am. So far this was one of the best weekends of this trip!

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