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Old 12-12-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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Pura Vida! A Week in Costa Rica.

Just returned from Costa Rica an hour ago. Here are a bunch of pics, and a few stories...




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Old 12-12-2011, 12:24 AM   #2
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KLRs

we rented KLRs from this guy after hearing about him on adv.



we flew in to liberia, and chris and his lovely friend picked us up at the airport.

my brother and chris at the beginning of the trip:




in case you're thinking about a trip to CR, the bikes cost $75 per day for five days. Originally we were going to pay $100 per day for three days. it was definitely worth it to keep them for the extra days.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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Tamarindo

after getting the bikes we headed south on paved roads to Tamarindo. it's a hopping beach town with tons of tourists and surf bums.

we stayed at a decent place for $60. we had AC, a kitchen, and a loft with two beds.

and bike parking.



our apartment:

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:32 AM   #4
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we explored the town a little.



saw some wildlife:



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Old 12-12-2011, 12:38 AM   #5
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in the morning we left town and headed towards lake arenal.



we would end up spending the next several days in that region.



we quickly learned that the roads on maps were not always real roads. the way to get from place to place was to get directions from one town to the next. also, most roads don't have names or numbers.

without exception, we found the locals to be very helpful with directions and advice. i don't speak any spanish, but my brother can get by.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:49 AM   #6
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brewery

while in tamarindo, we had heard there was a new brewery north of tilaran. we made it our mission to find it.



in addition to the brewery, there was also a hotel with new management. we were the only paying guests that night, but the views were amazing, the staff was pleasant, and the pale ale was drinkable (by far the best beer of the trip - the local stuff is similar to bud/miller/coors)

british surfer turned hotelier:


amazing view of the lake.


even the bikes had a decent view.


the hotel lobby:


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Old 12-12-2011, 12:52 AM   #7
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beer and art:







it's much cooler near the lake. we enjoyed the heat from the fireplace, and so did this cat:
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cafe

we found a cafe a few twisty miles away and took some pics of the birds:





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if you're looking for good twisty roads, and milder temps, the lake and mountains are where it's at.


we continued north on mostly unpaved roads to the tenorio volcano area. very cool region.




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there's a litte bird moving very quickly in the middle of this picture:



when we filled up the bikes here we started to feel more like travellers, and less like tourists.



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we spent the night at the only hotel near the volcano. the celeste mountain lodge was very cool place to stay.



serious views:







sorry if it seems repetitious, but i couldn't get enough of this view.

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serious kitchen.



did i mention the owner was french? a three course dinner (and of course breakfast) are included in the price. which is good because you're miles away from civilization.



breakfast:
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serious hot tub.



heated by this stove contraption with a coil going through it.

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we ditched the bikes for a few hours, and hiked around the side of the tinorio volcano.

the trail was rugged in places.



some water crossings:






crazy blue water because of a chemical reaction in this river.



at the end of the trail we were rewarded with a hot spring pool next to the river.




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we continued riding north, and got some local intel about great roads that were adv-able but not accessible by cars.

from one side:



then from the other side:







sometimes we had company on the "roads:"



but other times we could ride for miles without seeing anyone.




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