Better late than never…

This is not the traditional PicOfTheDay post. Is one of an experiment and as such it should be given feedback. This in no means substitutes the PicOfTheDay that will shortly follow. 

As usual, during my run tonight I came up with dozens of ideas. One I decided I liked the thought of trialling it. I know it is a bit late after my trip to Costa Rica, but here are 10 random things I learnt (or realised or refreshed my memory) about CR whilst there. They are in no particular order.

1. Perezosos or Sloths are originally from Costa Rica. They are so slow (and lazy) that they only poop once a week.

2. Colones are the official currency. But the US dollar is just as common and accepted.

3. There is NO military in Costa Rica.

4. Being a smoker in CR must (pardon my language) suck. Although is legal and sold in most places, it is forbidden to smoke in soooo many areas, just the thought of the effort required to have a cigarette would make me quit!

5. Costa Rican people are called Ticos. 

6. It is truly admirable the environmental sustainability and conservation efforts Costa Rica is doing. It should be copied by all nations. It is by far the greenest country I have ever seen and I understand that is the only country in the world where the forests size actually increases each year.

7. Gallo pinto is the Costa Rican version of “moros con cristianos”. Not to be confused with ‘Rice and Beans’. Gallo pinto is Rice, beans and spices; whereas ‘Rice and Beans’ is rice and beans cooked in/with coconut milk.

8.  Diving is better in the Pacific. By far. Although, in the Pacific there is no night diving so if you are into that, the Caribbean is a pretty good alternative.

9. Speaking of the Caribbean, it is still virgin with no american big hotels, big chains euphoria. It is a chilled, relaxed and really natural atmosphere.

10. There are 6 active volcanoes and 61 dormant (ok I admit it, I didn’t know about the dormant ones I googled it). But I did about the active ones as I saw three or four (it might have been 5) of them.

So that is it. Stay tuned for the following edition of 10 random facts/things/funny stories/anecdotes I learn in my travels.

La pasion del futbol

With the world cup approaching soon, countries are contending hard to get a place in the sport’s biggest competition. And right across the street, in the national stadium, craziness is at its fullest.

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Working on my tan

Today was all about lazing on the beach. Here the view from where I worked in my tan.

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The modern horse

In the Costa Rican caribbean the mode of transport is the modern horse: bicycles. The beaches extend for little over 12 kilometers so tourists and locals use this convenient means of transport equally.

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Good thing I still remember and I had some practice lately.

Mmm mangos!

Today we (almost) crossed the country from one side to the other. One of the good things of tropical weather is the unbelievable flavor of its fruits, including mangos! In a country so fertile, anyone can start a business by selling the fruits they pick up from the “wild” to hungry or whimsical road travelers.

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Adrenaline junkie

Today was a day full of adventures. So much that I couldn’t take many pictures. But here is a photo of the forest that was witness of not chickening out from the zip lines. Which I hate to admit, I almost did. With 9 lines, two of above 100 meters, I saw this forest from the heights.

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Los Teñideros

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Costa Rica is the Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio. Inside there are amazing beauties like the volcano, catarata Rio Celeste, the blue lagoon and Los teñideros (the stainers/the diers).

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The unique color is from a chemical reaction between four different elements. The white strip is the calcium carbonate, one of those four chemicals.

Rio celeste is 36 kms long where it joins Rio frio and loses its color.

Entre dos volcanes

Located between two volcanoes, the Miravalles and the Tenorio, the lodge were will see us sleep tonight is simple and nature friendly but comfortable and with great service. With a french-tico cuisine that conquers every palate.

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Going with the flow

In a country with so much natural beauty, it is no surprise that fun can be found in nature. For all levels but today not for the adrenaline junkies. Still just awesome.

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The fortune…

Today was really hard to choose a picture. But here is La Fortuna. An amazing 70-75 meter tall waterfall located in Alajuela, north of Costa Rica. You can only see the splash in the water.

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