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Costa Rica

3,360m high on a bicycle!

Can I expand Costa Rica’s life philosophy ‘Pura Vida’ across the globe? In Costa Rica, people say pura vida, both as a greeting, and as a goodbye, in response to a beautiful view, in politics, with high fives on cycling to a mountain top, it’s a response to como estas? (how are you?) and you’re … Continue reading »

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The Orosi Valley

The ride to San Vito was so great, we returned the same way: surprisingly difficult on the dissected ridge, relentless ups and downs, but once we hit the downhill we flew!! What a shame the wind had changed direction…. I felt cheated to have a headwind in the flatter valley on both days. My new … Continue reading »

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Into cool air.

From Sierpe we cycled alongside Rio Grande de Terraba on the inter-american highway for 45km surprised not to find a shoulder. I was dreading it but there was virtually no traffic! We overtaken by seven delivery trucks and a few cars in two hours on the road, no lorries. Admittedly one of the trucks was … Continue reading »

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Hang on to your hats!!

The SE corner of Costa Rica is home to the country’s largest mangrove swamp and Corcovado’s isolated tropical rainforest park (50% of all of Costa Rica’s species!). The park is 17km from equally isolated Bahía Drake, a craggy stretch of coastline with sandy inlets that disappear at high tide. Reaching Drake by motorboat was pretty … Continue reading »

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How big are your balls?

This must be the most tranquil spot in Central America. We are in Sierpe, a village at the end of a (blissfully empty) dead end road. From here collectivo boats wind through the mangroves to Drake bay ( he landed 1579) and Corcovado national park. Pairs of macaws squawk from the almond tree opposite, then … Continue reading »

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Scarlet macaws and a toucan

Saturday’s difficult ride left me dreading conditions on the roads away from the ‘quiet’ Nicoya peninsula. But we left Puentarenas on a cycle path, then joined a main highway with a wide shoulder and a concrete cycle lane!! Fantastic. Busy traffic and uninspiring scenery didn’t matter: we were safe! The landscape improved on coastal route … Continue reading »

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My worst day, followed by one of the best, on the same road! Costa Rico

My photos app won’t connect!! Ha! There’s  always a way, via my phone, fiddly but ok The difference was traffic, and a lack of shoulder to cycle on. We departed early yesterday morning, surprised by the amount of traffic on route 21 down Nicoya peninsula. It avoids the inter-american highway and dead ends at a … Continue reading »

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