Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Epilogue 2010

As they said all good journey must come to an end. For most of my trips I have always been ready to come home by the end, but for this trip I felt I still want see and do more. There is so much more to see in Costa Rica as well as Panama. With only (yes only) 18 days for this trip, it is one of my shorter trips.

I really enjoyed the still some what unspoiled Nicaragua with its friendly people. And for Costa Rica, its well preserved parks and reserves.

Highlights of this trip

  • Food: Gallo Pinto
  • Hike: The El Hoyo Hike, Rio Celeste, Night hike at Monteverde
  • People: Friendly Nicaraguan, fellow backpackers, and Pension Santa Elena front desk folks.
  • Creatures: Sloth, orange kneed tarantula, quetzal, and hummingbirds.
  • Extracurricular activity: Ziplining and Canopy walk, baseball game in Granada

Can do without list:

  • People: dishonest bus assistant and taxi drivers from Granada to Rivas
  • Transportation: long ferry ride from Ometepe to San Carols.
  • Cost: high cost of everything in Costa Rica.
  • Damage: lost and damage travel gears.
  • Pain: dysentery from Costa Rica (got sick soon after coming home).

The damage done by this trip is $1145, not including pain and suffering and work day lost from dysentery. Not too bad for 18-day trip.

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