Costa Rica Travel Trip Report February 2007

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The quick report -- photos below.

 

Day 1:  Was a walking tour of downtown San Jose, capital of CR. (After arrival day of pool time.)

Day 2:

 Poas Volcano & Sarchi Arts and Craft

 

 

Poas National Park - The Largest Crater of the World - Souvenirs - Typical Oxcart factory

Admire the majestic and imposing crater of Poás Volcano at 2.708 meters, high and enjoy a magnificent view of the central valley and its enormous crater, considered one of the greatest in the world. After admiring this national park, we will visit a typical restaurant to have lunch, then continue to the town of Sarchí, cradle of Costa Rica crafts and the construction and painting of the typical oxcarts.

Day 3:

Manuel Antonio National Park

 

This national park is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the country. It is a combination of a paradisiacal beach of crystalline waters with coral reefs, bordered by exuberant vegetation and the natural captivations of the tropical humid forest. Its beaches are counted among the best of the country, where the snorkelling and the surf are very popular.

On the way to Manuel Antonio along the coastal line, you will enjoy nice views and will be crossing plantations of African palm and picturesque villages along the Pacific coast, until you reach the port of Quepos and few minutes after the National Park. At our arrival we will hike to the park, crossing a creek to access the park, since this park is closed to vehicles.

Once at the park, it is possible to simply enjoy the beach, take a sun bath, or a nature walk though the park’s trails, which will allow you to observe the abundant flora and fauna of the park, especially several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds, and maybe, the three toe sloth. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point from where the sight of the park and the sea is spectacular.
 

Day 4:

This was a rest day and a day of Spa, swimming and Jacuzzi

Day 5:

Spent the day in El Salvador mostly travel and shopping.

Notes:

--Guatemala airport has a great mountain at one end of the runway. Lucky they fly over it going in, and fly away from it going out.

--Rain forest volcanoes have rain, ponchos sell well at the first gift shop. The owner and tour opportunity should have an MBA in marketing, but they are probably street smart!

Descriptions are at the bottom of the page. Click arrow to advance more photos, click on photo to see large version.

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Hotel, San Jose, Irazu, Costa Rica

Got to love military retirees. This guy's tour had more options...maybe they can start this tour is some of the bad parts of Wash DC, NY or LA.

Tourist Kills Attacker Bare-Handed
By MARIANELA JIMENEZ
The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - A tour bus of US senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said Thursday.

One of the tourists - a retired member of the US military about 70 years old - put assailant Warner Segura in a headlock and broke his collarbone after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves. The tourists then drove Segura to the Red Cross, where the man was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.

The tourists left on their Carnival cruise after the incident and Hernandez said authorities do not plan to press any charges against them, saying they acted in self-defense.  "They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," Hernandez said. 

Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for assault.
In a media statement, Miami, Fla.-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Wednesday incident occurred during an outing at a Limon beach that the group of passengers had arranged on their own.  "According to witnesses, while sightseeing at a local beach, the group of guests were approached by three assailants, one of whom was armed," the statement said.  "The victims struggled with the armed perpetrator, and were able to disarm him. During this process, the gunman's two accomplices fled the scene. In the course of disarming and restraining the assailant, he died from apparent asphyxiation."

Neither the Costa Rican police nor Carnival identified the man involved in the struggle with the mugger.
The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and returned to the ship. The ship's departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return.  All of the guests involved have opted to continue with the cruise, according to a Carnival statement.

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