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Aug 2, 2017 - Bocas del Toro to Puerto Veijo Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

At 8-15 we are board a water taxi for the 30 minute journey back to Admiranti Port. A bus awaits us there and we drive alongside many banana plantations owned by the United Fruit Company who once had market dominance in Central America. The UFCO was an American company, but its tactic to maintain market dominance was to control land use for banana growing. To do this it had to become politically involved and this action termed the phrase 'banana republic'. We also pass by a refuge camp where many Africans are being housed in a tent city....

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The Americas

Feb 21, 2016 - Day 2

We took a public bus and travelled east to the Caribbean side. We had to go over a mountain range in the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. The road was in good condition but it did zig zag a lot. The mountain went straight up at the sides of the road and were covered with luscious tropical plants. There were small waterfalls at various points. At one point we travelled into a low lying cloud. When we got near the top of the mountain we went through a tunnel: the Zurqui Tunnel. We descended into the foothills of the Cordillera Centra through...

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Jul 6, 2014 - La playa

Six of us from school joined together and rented a beach house. We spent a refreshing weekend at the beach. We rented bicycles and rode all over town and to the beach. In all we rode about 17 miles and waked another 4-5 miles. We swam in the ocean, and yes we enjoyed some more typical American foods. Saturday night I made a big pot of soup for all of us. It was nice to get away, but I must admit, our Spanish suffered. Saturday night we were hit with a huge storm that knocked out all the power for two hours. We were given a beautiful...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Buses

Happy belated 4th! We traveled with 3 other women for a weekend at the beach. We left at 7:00 am and took 5 buses to get to Puerto Viejo. Along the way, we stopped at a sloth refuge. It was interesting to see the differences between our small mountain town and the Caribbean coast. As we drove toward the coast, there were bars on the doors and windows and trash in the streets. The people also looked more Caribbean. There were miles and miles of banana plantations and shipping containers. There are 2 large ports in Limon. I enjoyed practicing...

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Feb 23, 2013 - Bri Bri Town of Chocolate.

Got up early and took our tour bus Noth 35 min up a dirt road deep into the jungle. Her we met a local family and they took us on a jungle tour of natural healing plants and herbs. It is called a shaman walk. We saw the Bri Bri , which are the local natives life circles and ways of life. Learned lots. Next we went to a family estate about 15 min away by van to visit a local chocolate farm. This is all done natural and we had to hike in about 5 min then cross over a high foot suspension bridge. Very yummy chocolate and we ate a local lunch ....

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Feb 21, 2013 - Best day yet!

Got up this morning in a bit of rain. Was able to see the green and red poison dart frog. Next off to the jaguar reserve . We got to be ) inches away from baby sloths and I got to feed a Tucan. Ya that is my favorite bird. Then we came back one the sunshine and got 1 hour massages on the beach. $30 bucks each. Then we heard a great live 3 pice band at the Lazy Mon bar for sunset. Then home shore and the down town in time to listen to a live 8 pice band with trombone, drums, 2 guitars, singer, electric violin and some guy playing a wood box!...

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Feb 20, 2013 - Just putting around town.

Diid a small walk around town and hiked up cashew hill. Bit of rain around 4pm. Still very hot. We booked a tour for Sat to Brie to see chocolate made by hand the old way and a tour of the jungle with the indigenous shaman. Tomorrow we are off to the animal reserve at 11am. Town is fun and have a genuine Rasta man friend as I can afford the small hand outs for info and laugher . Lol Brad

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Feb 18, 2013 - New pad Casa Verde Losge

Moved into town to the Casa Vede Lodge. Got a deal $ 60 per night. Great place. Erling suggestedt it! Went into tow around 5:30pm for sunset. Went to the lazy mon bar and listened to a fun band. Some passed a baby pit bull around to pat. It was so cute only 2.5 months old. Rox fell in love with it. I was taken as well. Lovin the new pad Brad:)) it's 1/2 block from town.

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Feb 17, 2013 - Around Banana Azul.

Last day at Casa Las Breezes. Next we are staying in town at Casa Verde in a little cabin with a hostel kind of feel , some rooms some beds ect. Common area as well. 2750 - 0015 . It's 60 bucks per night free coffe and home made cookies. Its t right down town Puerto Viejo!

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Feb 16, 2013 - The southern towns.

Poured rain last night and power went out again for 30 min around 1:30 am. Woke up to bright sunshine and real heat. Had to push the door open as the resort dog Zena was laying up against the outside of it!! Seems she takes her job very seriously! We had of free breakfast , French toast and eggs and coffee on the upper veranda. ( great view) then we jumped in a cab with a bilingual driver and took a trip South to see the towns of Punta Uva& Manzanilla. Last town is about 1/2 hour away. We stopped at the beaches along the way and had beer...

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Feb 15, 2013 - A lazy day at the beach and pool.

Yesterday was very hot! Today we just chilled and hung out. Took some pics and did a lot of nothing. Had a great dinner last night at (stashusconfusion rest) we had veg curie dish and spiced plantain bananas,and muscles in a spice cream. Today hot, but bit overcast here and there.

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Feb 14, 2013 - Valentines Day!!

We had a tropical rainstorm last night and lost power for three or four hours. But that was in the middle of the night. Sure was dark with no moon and stars to light the yard. Woke up with power and lots of heat from the tropical sun. Had our breakfast in the house deck as it was a bit windy on the beach and the waves were pounding hard on the beach makin sand. After breakfast that is included in our 70 bucks a night , we headed down town to trip around and explore the shops for Rox. Yes she found a funky rasta pair of yoga pants that she...

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