|And we are off .... to an amazing ecological land of wildlife, volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, tropical storms and earthquakes! Let the adventures begin!
Well they did! After a mostly smooth 11 hour flight, slightly bumpy at times over the Atlantic, we began our descent. In November Costa Rica’s climate is in a transitional phase from the rainy season, so sunny mornings and sometimes rain between 3 & 5. An unpredicted rain cloud sited itself over the airport as we came in, so landing aborted. Very smoothly by our pilot. Turned out his wife was on the plane so precious cargo. We chatted to them later in baggage reclaim.
Off to customs - to a queue larger than most seen in Gatwick and less organised .... honest! We eventually got to our, very pleasant, officer who immediately discarded the boarding cards we had dutifully filled out then typed that information into her computer! No wonder it was taking so long, but very friendly!
Baggage reclaim next - small carousels so handlers removing cases for you but depositing them anywhere. Good game - find your cases. At last through to find our transfer guy - hooray, easily spotted. Too easy!! Another 2 to pick up. 25 minutes later they came through. Whole process taken a mere 1hr 45 mins!!!! But all very friendly!
San Jose manic city but Hotel Presidente in a great central location. Apparently we have a complimentary dinner on arrival. Do we need food? Our body clock is at midnight. We decide we need a drink anyway to help us sleep and get us into local time.
The, very friendly (!), receptionist didn’t tell us about the 2 lift system, how to get to the restaurant and then our electronic keys did not work. Back down from the 8th floor having worked out lifts & restaurant location ourselves. Lovely room and a huge gin & tonic with a light meal sat on the terrace outside in balmy temperatures set us off to sleep at last.
And Costa Ricans are all very friendly! Night xx