After our first night in Costa Rica, it was a breakfast of pastries (spicy cheese – delicious!) before we packed up and headed off from INBIO.
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The drive was 6 hours and was spectacular from start to finish. We drove higher and higher along the ridge that cuts down Costa Rica until we reached Everest - not the mountain (wrong continent!) but the name of a rest stop - for a mid-morning snack. Fried cheese and tortilla (equally delicious).
We then enjoyed and took full advantage of the greatest view from a urinal probably anywhere in the world.
I took some footage of the drive - please excuse the jumpiness as it was very bouncy and I had to edit the film in the back of the jeep! Better will follow, I promise.
Soon the road turned to dirt track and we entered the Amistad National park.
We stopped at Asoprola for a beautiful lunch of beans, fried chicken, plantain, rice and salad. Asoprola is a wonderful hostel run by a co-op and was decked out in a wonderful mosaic.
I also saw a really cool lizard that put on a nice little show!
After lunch and a short drive we reached the end of our journey by jeep and the beginning of our first trek.
Two hours later and I am writing from a hut as dusk falls on a very cloudy evening.
The trek was amazing the air and forest is thick and everything buzzes with life. Tomorrow we will trek for another 8 hours to reach our second (and final camp) so I’ll be able to post more then.
It’s dark now and we only have a few petrol lamps and some fireflies for light. Amazing!