December 28I was in Puerto Viejo for 10 days and only 2 of them were sunny; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The remaining days it just poured down.
The 27th the mini van picked me up for the return to San Jose where I will stay one night before I go for my motorcycle adventure (hopefully!). About 60 km from San Jose we stopped for some food and the driver looked at the sky and said: “27th of December and it rains like this? I have never seen anything like it all my life!”. We had been driving for hours in a rain like this:
After a solid breakfast, it was time to go to the motorcycle shop to pick up my BMW 1200 that I had paid a fortune to rent for 6 days. We stopped outside the store and after all the paperwork was finished the guy started to open up the side boxes and the top box on a BMW 800. I asked him if that was the bike and he nodded his head. I pointed at the voucher that I had given him where it stated 1200 cc. He looked at it for a long time, then he looked at me like he would start to argue, but then he just resigned. And from that moment all service was gone. He went back inside the store and came out with a nearly brand new bike with only 1600 km on the meter. I asked if it was possible to rent one of those mandatory reflective band that every MC driver in Costa Rica have to use, but no. We don’t have any! I looked at the MC and found that there were no USB outlet on the bike that I had specifically asked for. I told the guy that I needed it and that I had a confirmation from the tour operator that the bike would be equipped with one.
- We don’t have, but we will get one on Thursday.
- But I’m not here then!
- I know.
|BMW 1200 without USB|
The first stop will be at the active Irazu Volcano National Park. The winding road to the volcano travels through fertile lands and will take you to an altitude of 3432 meters (11260 ft) over the sea level. Following this visit, you can tour around the Orosi Valley, where creation overflows in unparalleled beauty. You will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and can stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants.
Continue east to Turrialba, a valley dotted with coffee, banana and sugar cane plantations.
Overnight at Villa Florencia Hotel.
|The main crater|
|The lake in the crater Diego de la Haya|
|The third crater where you can walk|
|Irazu (from the navtive word Istaru meaning Thunder and Earthquake Mountain).|
After two hours I managed to get back to the main road and on a gas station I finally found an English speaking man. He could tell me what I already had figured out by myself; I should not have driven to Cot, but taken the next road to the left and then I would find my way to Turrialba.
Because there was no time or distance indications in the routing, I had no idea for how long I should ride before I should start to look for new signs. It was very confusing and I started to hate Lorena Amador from the tour operator Costa Rican Trails deep and heartfelt.
Costa Rica is an extremely casual, adventure-oriented country. There will be no need for sports jackets or dressy attire. You may find one or two pair of long pants to be sufficient as you will most likely spend most of your time in shorts, casual shirts and sandals. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket for cool evenings. You will be visiting rainforest destinations so expect afternoon showers (During the months of May through November only). Don't forget your bathing suit and sun-screen!
I checked in at the hotel at 17:15, just before sunset. I had not seen the creation that overflows in unparalleled beauty in Orosi Valley, I actually don’t know if I was in Orosi Valley at all. I did not see one of the few remaining colonial churches and I have no idea where it was. I did not have the time to stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and I did not see the valley dotted with coffee, banana and sugarcane plantations.
|Route Day 1. On the right hand side of the map you can see where Puerto Viejo is, the place I stayed for ten days.|