Oh, The Things We Will Do

I know that Sue promised you that I would have my trip spreadsheet ready by today, but I am afraid that I just have not gotten to it yet. Have no fear, I will get it done, perhaps for my next post. In the meantime, we have been looking at all the things to do in Costa Rica and I have come to the conclusion that we just don’t have enough time.

cost rica raftingOne absolute requirement is that we go whitewater rafting again.  There are whole bunch of places that do it, but broadly speaking there are three areas.

The Pucuare River is about 2.5 hours east of San Jose. It is considered one of the top rated rafting rivers and runs alongside the Talamanca Mountain range.  There is lots of wildlife to be seen, everything from monkeys to deer to jaguars. The river has Class III-IV rapids. There are single day or multi-day trips.

The Tenorio River is about 3 hours north and west of San Jose. This is a relatively short 8-mile rafting trip. It has many quick twists and turns. Overall is rated as Class III-IV, but does have one 12-foot, class V rapid.

The Naranjo River is also about 3 hours from San Jose, but southwest. It is only about 15-20 minutes from Hotel Costa Verde, where we are staying for part of the trip.  This river has Class VI+ rapids and is apparently geared towards “thrill seekers.” It features 9 technical narrows and a tight squeeze though a canyon.

Yes, there are so many decisions to be made. This is just rafting; we need to decide on where and when to hike, which waterfalls to take in, whether we want to do repelling, jungle tours–daytime or nighttime?–do we take a rain forest cloud tour,  how about zip lining? and so many other things to decide.

Let’s face it…we need a spreadsheet to keep track of all this.  😉

Where to Next? Costa Rica!

So remember last week when I was whining because we didn’t know where we wanted to go, but there was snow in November and just–yuck!

After looFile:Costa Rica regions map.pngking into various options, you already know that we are going to Florida for winter break. With such short notice, everything else was out of reach, but the exploration led us to decide on our spring break trip: Costa Rica here we come! Now I am really excited! I am lucky enough to have worked with someone who now lives there, and although we aren’t best buddies, he graciously gave us advice and offered his guest room to boot.

We will spend our first night on El Toledo Coffee Farm outside San Jose and wake up to breakfast (with, I’m assuming, excellent coffee!) and a tour. Then we head to the Manuel Antonio National Park area, where we will stay in the friend-recommended Hotel Costa Verde. How can you resist a hotel whose slogan is “still more monkeys than people” and has transformed an airplane fuselage into rooms? We splurged on one night in the cockpit cabin. We haven’t decided exactly what we will be doing yet, that’s for future blog posts, but we have already started making a long list, which I am sure Steven will turn into a spreadsheet (I have already started…perhaps I will allow you to see it for the next post!).

Next we will head to see my friend, who lives in the Arenal area, for a couple of nights. It is so gracious of him and his partner to offer,  we didn’t want to take advantage by staying more than that. Then, it’s back to San Jose for a night at an airport motel before we fly Southwest via Atlanta to get back home to reality.