Tiff: Volcan Poas/ La Paz Waterfall/Corcovado Costa Rica
"Well, we found Orquideas Lodge and what a lovely oasis
it was. A bit pricey for us but a treat.
While we were in that area, we went to the top of a
volcanic crater and looked down in. The fumerols were
going great guns and spitting sulphur everywhere.
There was a cauldren of hot acid muck in the bottom.
The crater was huge. I looked and took pictures until
the sulphur gave me a headache.
Then we went to a series of 4 waterfalls that were
gorgeous. The waterfalls were a part of the most
insanely beautiful lodge you ever saw. To stay there
is over $350 a night and probably worth it if you had
the money. Every cabin had a jacuzzi on the balcony
overlooking gorgeous gardens and the bathroom was a
garden with a waterfall.
There was a conservatory on the grounds with thousands
of butterflies, tree frogs, snakes, and birds up
We met a couple that was at the Orquideas Lodge from
New Jersey. They couldn´t believe we were riding the
buses-quite different then their vacation. The guy
finally said he would give us $10 not to ride the bus
but take a cab as it so worried him.
Actually yesterday was a horrid bus day. We found
every --Not A Postcard Place--in Costa Rica. San Jose
bus terminal was in the slums--REALLY BIG UUUGGGHHH.
It took us 11 hours from San Jose to go 200 miles to
Parque Corcovado. The last 23 miles was 4 wheeling in
a forty foot bus. The potholes in the dirt road
almost could swallow a normal car. Today we are
catching a pick-up collectivo to the wild side of the
park and staying beyond civilization for a night to
hike in primary rainforest tomorrow. The place is
called Carate and it is where rainforest and the
Pacific meet. Hope its wonderful as it has been quite
the bone-crushing adventure to get this far. The
collectivo ride will be 4 hours-probably in the back
of a truck in the rain-but tomorrow morning should be
In a couple of days we face the Panama border
crossing-always a full day of not having a clue what
is going on and terror that one piece of paper will
posted by - 5:27 PM